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February 20, 2013
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  • Survey: Many upper-middle-income investors are open to tax advice
    Investors between the ages of 35 and 64 who have incomes of $150,000 to $249,000 are among the most receptive to financial advice about federal tax changes, according to a Nationwide Financial survey. About half of respondents in that income bracket were receptive to making changes in their portfolio, and a similar percentage expressed interest in annuities, according to the survey. Financial Advisor online (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 1980s law to hit Social Security for some government workers
    Some Americans will not get the Social Security benefits they may have been expecting because of a rule adopted in 1983. Workers who were eligible for a government pension and were hired before 1984 are subject to a provision that prevents them from getting both the pension and full Social Security benefits. The so-called Windfall Elimination Provision lowers the benefits amount for those who were not subject to payroll tax. Fox Business (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The benefits of easing into retirement
    People who work at least part time in their 60s and who take up more retirement-style activities before actually retiring can get ahead financially, says Christine Fahlund of T. Rowe Price Group. The strategy allows near-retirees to spend money from their wages on leisure activities, instead of spending down their nest eggs. The Wall Street Journal (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Group: Access to care would be hindered by Medicare Advantage cuts
    Reduced payments to Medicare Advantage plans will diminish seniors' access to care, America's Health Insurance Plans said. "Washington cannot tax and cut Medicare Advantage this much and not expect seniors to be harmed," AHIP President Karen Ignagni said in a statement. "These changes will disrupt coverage for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries at a time when evidence clearly demonstrates that Medicare Advantage provides higher-quality care than the fee-for-service part of Medicare." The Hill/Healthwatch blog (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ky. aims for health insurance exchange to save residents millions
    Kentucky residents who purchase coverage through the state-run health insurance exchange will pay less than they would if the federal government operated the exchange, state officials say. Washington has proposed adding a 3.5% fee to premiums in states that don't operate their own exchanges, but Kentucky plans to maintain its 1% fee in hopes of reaching annual savings of more than $50 million for consumers. Insurance Journal/The Associated Press (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Advisers must recruit right talent to expand, report says
    During the next 10 years, the financial-advisory industry will need to add 237,000 advisers to meet surging demand for services, according to a report by Pershing. Finding and attracting the right talent to replace retiring advisers will be essential for firms to enjoy strong and sustainable growth, the report says. (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NAIFA Treasurer Matt Tassey: "We are at risk of losing our franchise and our business model"
    This is the sixth in a series of video clips on the importance of advisers engaging Congress on tax reform. Watch this video clip on the NAIFA Blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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