The Investor Choice Act, introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives, would ban mandatory arbitration agreements between investors and financial advisers or broker/dealers. Supporters say the bill would give investors choices on how to settle disputes and also improve the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's arbitration process.
Financial advisers should identify which type of firm they are leading, says consultant Angie Herbers, who categorizes businesses emerging firms, progressive firms and next-year firms. Each type serves clients in unique ways, adds Herbers.
Advisers can help married couples with a simple but important task: Making sure the beneficiary designations on their IRAs are updated. Otherwise, other heirs might be able to access the accounts, and the rollover rights of the surviving spouses might be compromised.
Pension risk transfer (PRT) methods are one way to reduce defined benefit plans' liabilities, says finance writer Ed McCarthy. Leadership changes in a company could indicate an opportunity for an adviser to raise PRT options, suggests George Palms of Legal & General Retirement America.
"Creative" marketing is typically not the most effective marketing, according to Angel Gonzalez of Snappy Kraken. Gonzalez touts the 40-40-20 rule, where 40% of the focus is on the audience, 40% is on the product or service offering, and 20% is on everything else.
Several recent Senate bills propose changes to estate tax laws. Being aware of possible changes can help advisers better prepare planning strategies for their clients, writes Thomas Kelley of Wilmington Trust.
When the IRS released its interpretation of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act's 10-year required minimum distribution rule for post-death payouts, it was not what many people in the financial industry anticipated, writes Ed Slott. The newly released publication said most non-spouse designated beneficiaries must take distributions in each of the 10 years, Slott writes.
Following the Securities and Exchange Commission's risk alert to financial advisers regarding compliance and disclosure of environmental, social and governance investments, SEC member Hester Peirce said the regulator aims only to ensure that rules and procedures are being followed. "The SEC's role is not to assess whether any particular strategy is a good one, but to ensure that investors know what they are getting when they choose a particular [adviser], fund, strategy or product," Peirce said.
The US Dollar Index reached the lowest point since March 18 last week, while the 10-year Treasury yield dropped to 1.528%. A statement from Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller that any uptick of inflation is likely to be temporary, a climbing stock market and improved risk sentiment are thought to be factors for the decline.
Federal Reserve researchers attribute the global rise in personal saving to the coronavirus crisis and the government support that accompanied it, particularly in the US, where much of the financial relief went directly to households. When the crisis fades, a consumer spending surge would be beneficial to the overall economy, but the researchers play down that likelihood, noting: "There is only so much pop that pent-up demand for services such as travel, restaurant meals, and entertainment can deliver."
Smart-beta exchange-traded funds have seen inflows of nearly $7 billion so far this month, following a record $28 billion in inflows in March. Every value-factor ETF is outperforming the S&P 500 so far this year, according to Bloomberg Intelligence, while multifactor and dividend ETFs are also performing strongly.
Asset managers are poised to pick up the pace of innovation, having embraced technology to survive the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from Apex Group. It is clear asset managers must "increase the digital enablement of their processes not only to maintain operations, but also to better meet client needs," the report states.
Shares from a broader range of sectors and individual firms are outperforming expectations, indicating a robust, sustainable market rally. The portion of S&P 500-listed stocks trading above their 200-day moving average has surpassed 95% to reach the highest level since October 2009.
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