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December 11, 2012
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  • FINRA seeks input on planned compensation-disclosure rules
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is to request public feedback on a controversial rule-change proposal that would require brokers to reveal their compensation packages to their clients. Supporters of the rule say the move would create a level playing field for advisers. "I think this proposal has some legs. ... Clients should receive full and fair disclosure about all direct and indirect costs of doing business with a brokerage firm, as well as conflicts," securities lawyer Patrick Burns said. AdvisorOne (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Financial Literacy 
  • Opinion: Why Americans need financial-literacy lessons
    Americans need lessons in basic financial literacy, both in order to balance their own budgets and to help steady the nation's finances, this editorial argues. New Hampshire legislators could show the way by passing a bill requiring personal-finance classes in public schools. "It will not solve our nation's most immediate financial problems, but it would help our children learn not to repeat the mistakes that created these problems," the editorial argues. The Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  On the Economy 
  • Slower U.S. jobs growth is likely, index suggests
    Although the latest figures show a decline in the U.S. unemployment rate, The Conference Board's Employment Trends Index predicts a slowing job market over the next few months. "Employment growth typically lags economic growth, and with the economy expected to decelerate in the current quarter and early 2013, a slowdown in employment won't be far behind," says Gad Levanon of The Conference Board. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Building Your Practice 
  • Selling with fear is a big mistake, expert says
    Advisers can close a sale by wielding fear as a tool, but it will backfire when the client gains more understanding and the adviser then loses credibility, writes Steven McCarty, chairman of the National Ethics Association. McCarty lists some of the most-common fear tactics that advisers use to win customers, and why they won't work. National Underwriter Life & Health (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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