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March 5, 2013
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  • Expert: Advisers are crucial in retirement health care planning
    Health care costs are a significant retirement expense, but nearly 70% of seniors haven't considered such expenses in their retirement planning, according to the Allsup Medicare Advisor Seniors Survey. In addition, survey respondents underestimated retirement health care costs by about half. Financial advisers can offer essential guidance to their clients by explaining the limits and nuances of Medicare coverage and helping them make cost-effective decisions, writes Mary Dale Walters of Allsup. Financial Advisor online (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Financial advisers should keep an eye on these areas
    Several trends are emerging in financial planning that advisers should watch and position themselves to address, Ann Marsh writes. Some are new while others represent changes in thinking in existing areas, Marsh writes. The trends include longevity risk and compensation shifts, crowdfunding, artificial intelligence, security and the cloud, and outsourcing, she writes (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pessimism increases over retirement prospects, study finds
    Americans' views on retirement are "fundamentally changing," with 58% lacking a formal retirement-savings plan and less than one-third feeling "very secure" about their financial outlook for retirement, according to a report from the Deloitte Center for Financial Services. "People used to think about retirement as a straight-line plan to a lump sum," but college and health care costs and employment insecurity have caused many to become pessimistic, said Ed Tracy, a co-author of the report. Wealth managers therefore should "pursue short-term, medium-term and long-term strategies," Tracy says. AdvisorOne (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 401(k)s are helpful but need improvements, experts say
    401(k) plans remain useful to investors who have access to them through work, but there are several ways that 401(k)s could be improved, a panel of experts said at an industry event. "We'd like to see money paid out over participants' lifetimes and encourage annuitization," said Karen Friedman of the Pension Rights Center. Kevin Crain of Merrill Lynch suggested that employers could improve plan participation by offering 401(k) enrollment and benefits enrollment together. Participants' withdrawals and financial literacy also pose challenges to the plans' success, Friedman said. AdvisorOne (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Investment Trends 
  • 401(k) plans can be a boon for advisers, experts say
    The surging growth of defined-contribution retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, offers a prime opportunity for financial advisers to expand their businesses, industry experts say. In 2012, 401(k) plan assets reached $3.6 trillion, and they are projected to hit $4.8 trillion in the coming four years, according to Cerulli Associates. InvestmentNews (free registration) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • New ACA regulations address multistate plans, SHOP
    Federal officials have released four sets of rules, three of which are final, regarding Affordable Care Act implementation. The regulations that take effect May 11 include provisions on cost-sharing and coverage denials. The officials also said insurers offering multistate plans will in some cases be allowed to comply with federal rules for benefit packages instead of individual state rules, although most state rules are similar. Proposed rules also address the Small Business Health Options Program, designed to serve small employers that participate in exchanges. The Hill/RegWatch blog (3/1), The Wall Street Journal (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Adviser referrals are won with trust, not badgering
    The top reason people refer their friends to an adviser is because the friends disclose they're having a financial problem, and the second reason is because they've been asked for a recommendation, research finds. Eleven percent of clients in the survey said they referred their advisers because the advisers asked them to. "Advisers have been asking clients to do the prospecting for them, and that's not fair and it's not what they signed up for," said Stephen Wershing of The Client Driven Practice. InvestmentNews (free registration) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NAIFA News 
  • LTCI industry pays $6.6 billion in benefits
    Some 264,000 individuals were receiving long-term-care insurance benefit payments as of Dec. 31, 2012, according to a report from the American Association for Long Term Care Insurance. According to the association, leading causes for LTCI claims include Alzheimer's disease, stroke, arthritis and cancer. Female policyholders account for roughly two-thirds of all LTCI claims and benefit dollars paid by the industry. Read more on the Advisor Today blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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