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November 8, 2012
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  • Obama's win lets some solidify tax strategies
    Questions remain about how U.S. tax law will look Jan. 1, but some financial advisers are recommending that wealthy clients take income and exercise stock options this year, rather than risk higher taxes next year. President Barack Obama's re-election clarifies the direction of tax policy, advisers say, but some will wait before making recommendations. Bloomberg (11/8), The Wall Street Journal (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The advisory industry's take on Obama's second term
    Advisers are hoping President Barack Obama makes addressing the "fiscal cliff" a priority, and they also are concerned about how the definition of "fiduciary duty" may be widened. "Clients and their independent financial advisers and financial services firms need a healthier, more business friendly regulatory environment. The next 13 months are critical for our members," said Dale Brown, CEO of the Financial Services Institute. Financial Advisor online (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Roth conversions take on new urgency
    Tax rates may rise next year, and for many investors, that means the time is now for converting a regular IRA to a Roth. Either the conversion must take place before Jan. 1 or investors can set up a series of conversions to avoid the worst of a tax hit, the article notes. (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Financial advisers worry about clients' equity fear
    Many investors are missing out on the soaring stock market because they are afraid of equities, leaving financial advisers wondering whether they have an obligation to persuade clients to give equities another look. Investors are still pulling money out of equity mutual funds, even with the Standard & Poor's 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial average close to where they stood at the end of 2007. Reuters (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Financial security needs to cross ethnic lines, experts say
    Advisers need to reach across racial, ethnic and cultural lines to serve an increasingly diverse world of potential clients, says Laura Sonderup of Hispanidad, who spoke at a Financial Planning Association conference. "The demand for financial security is colorblind," she said. AdvisorOne (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
People always call it luck when you've acted more sensibly than they have."
--Anne Tyler,
American novelist

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