Labor Dept. to issue revised fiduciary rule in 2019 | Student debt, delinquency rising sharply | Why employees don't use retirement plans
October 19, 2018
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Labor Dept. to issue revised fiduciary rule in 2019
The US Labor Department will release an updated fiduciary rule in September. The department adopted a fiduciary rule in 2016 to replace one enacted in 1975, but the rule became vacated by the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
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Student debt, delinquency rising sharply
Among all US household debt, student loans are the fastest growing and have the highest 90-day delinquency rate. The statistics have prompted Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to express concern.
BloombergQuint (India) (10/17) 
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Why employees don't use retirement plans
A survey from Capital One found that many employees with access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan don't participate because they believe they don't make enough to contribute. However, educating individuals about tax benefits and fees could help encourage participation, says Stuart Robertson of Capital One Advisors.
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Report: Differences between brokers, advisors not understood
Many retail investors lack the financial literacy to understand distinctions between broker-dealers and investment advisors, according to a report from the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of the Investor Advocate and RAND. Investors who are the most financially literate are also the most likely to obtain professional investment advice, the report states.
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SEC to issue final rule on advice package in 2019
The final rule on the Securities and Exchange Commission's advice-standards package for firms and investment advisors will be issued in September, according to the agency's agenda. The package includes changes to Form Customer Relationship Summary, amendments to Form ADV and other disclosures regarding communications and restrictions.
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NAIC working group fails to agree on annuity illustrations
A working group of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners couldn't decide during a recent conference call whether to approve a proposal to allow the use of data from indexes less than 10 years old to illustrate the likely performance of annuities. The working group decided to take up the matter again in two weeks.
InsuranceNewsNet Magazine online (10/18) 
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IRS rule eases sales of new MBS product to variable annuity issuers
New IRS guidelines overcome a potential obstacle for issuers of variable annuity and life insurance contracts that want to invest in "uniform mortgage-backed securities." The IRS arranged to have the Federal Housing Finance Agency publish a "deemed-issuance ratio" that insurers can use to see how UMBS purchases could affect account diversification.
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Goldman: More rate hikes needed to cool economy
Goldman Sachs economists have repeated their expectation the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates five times through the end of next year, two more than what markets have priced in. Goldman says the Fed will have to take firm steps to tighten monetary policy to prevent the economy from overheating.
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Former FINRA exec talks compliance in digital age
Advisors have numerous networks for communicating digitally with clients, improving access but raising compliance issues. Technology most firms employ to track and store electronic communication is outdated, says Marty Colburn, former executive vice president and chief technology officer at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
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Commentary: Firm owners must pick management or leadership
The growth of an independent advisory firm eventually forces owners to decide whether they want to remain a manager or work as a full-time advisor and move someone else to the helm, consultant Angie Herbers writes. Being a leader requires asking questions and influencing employees to perform at the highest level, she notes.
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