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Brokerage industry groups dominate campaign spending out of the gate for 2020 cycle

August 16, 2019

Brokerage and insurance groups have dominated industry political spending in the first six months of the 2020 election cycle, but all the donors are seeking to make friends on both sides of the aisle. The Investment Company Institute ($695,750),...

We've got Americans back to work. Now let's help them retire.

August 14, 2019

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has unleashed historic economic growth for millions of Americans. Now is the time for Congress to act to consolidate these economic gains by securing retirement benefits for current and future retirees. According to...

The SECURE Act could mean big changes for advisers

August 13, 2019

While it's not surprising that the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act is tangled in a political decision-making web, it's reassuring that the conversation about helping Americans save for retirement is still on...

Texas 403(b) law causes adviser concern over investor protection

August 8, 2019

A Texas law taking effect next month is causing concern among some retirement plan advisers who are worried that the legislature has weakened investor protection for public schoolteachers in the state. The law — HB 2820, sponsored by Rep....

Wealthy clients likely missed out on pass-through tax deduction

August 8, 2019

Wealthy clients of financial advisers likely missed out on the lucrative new pass-through tax deduction in the most recent tax filing season. Of the more than 14 million taxpayers who claimed the pass-through deduction this year, the vast majority...

Regulators, legislators focus on delivering restitution to harmed investors

August 7, 2019

Bipartisan agreement on giving securities regulators more power to claw back money for harmed investors seems to be emerging on Capitol Hill, but Republicans and Democrats are split on strengthening regulators' ability to levy fines on financial...

New Hampshire law aims to protect vulnerable elderly

August 7, 2019

At the request of its securities regulators, New Hampshire has enacted a law that will take effect on Sept. 8, intended to protect vulnerable adults from financial exploitation. (More: Two women arrested for defrauding elderly California woman)...

Recession indicator pushed to highest alert since 2007

August 5, 2019

The latest eruption in the U.S.-China trade dispute pushed a widely watched Treasury-market recession indicator to the highest alert since 2007. (More:​ Advisers investing in technology to prepare for possible recession, Schwab study finds)...

New DOL advice rule must factor in reality of aging investors

August 3, 2019

The responsibility ahead for Eugene Scalia, President Donald J. Trump's nominee for labor secretary, should he be confirmed, is enormous. No less than the well-being of Americans in retirement rests on the decisions his agency has before it....

Advisers resist SECURE Act provision to limit inherited IRAs

August 2, 2019

Major retirement-savings legislation working its way through Congress mostly draws praise, but investment advisers are concerned that a provision in the bill that would limit inherited individual retirement accounts will hurt their clients....

SECURE Act Could Ruin Your 401(k)

July 29, 2019

Saving for retirement can be a perilous endeavor in the U.S., thanks in part to the Trump administration's moves to weaken safeguards against unscrupulous sellers of financial products. Now Congress is poised to make things worse — by undermining...

Budget agreement leaves SECURE Act by wayside

July 23, 2019

When congressional leaders and President Donald J. Trump reached a budget agreement Monday, they closed it off to additional measures, including a landmark retirement-savings bill that is stalled in the Senate. Backers of the Setting Every Community...

Bills to strengthen SEC's hand seek bipartisan support

July 22, 2019

Bills that would enable the Securities and Exchange Commission to impose stronger penalties on financial rules violators and give the agency more time to ferret out wrongdoing are looking for more bipartisan support over the summer. The House...

Battle against SALT deduction reignited by lawsuit

July 17, 2019

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are again suing President Donald J. Trump's administration over a provision in the 2017 tax law that limited write-offs for state and local taxes. The lawsuit filed Wednesday asks a court to stop recent Internal...

Democrats warn Trump not to index capital gains to inflation for tax purposes

July 15, 2019

Senate Democrats are warning the Trump administration not to take regulatory steps to index capital gains to inflation for tax purposes, asserting authority for such a change lies with Congress. In recent weeks, published reports have suggested...

The SECURE Act: Completing an unfinished masterpiece

July 12, 2019

Congress is considering legislation that could ensure dignified retirements for millions more Americans. The House of Representatives recently passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, which builds on the best elements...

Embracing the highs and lows of cannabis investing

July 9, 2019

When it comes to investing risks and opportunities, there is currently nothing quite like cannabis. While its recreational use is still illegal at the federal level, the momentum behind a push to regulate marijuana alongside alcohol is unmistakable....

Repeal of SALT cap would be $40 billion windfall for millionaires, according to new data

June 24, 2019

More than half of the benefit of repealing the $10,000 deduction cap for state and local taxes would go to millionaires, according to Congress' nonpartisan tax scorekeeper. (More:​ SALT apocalypse predictions have not come true) Getting rid...

States losing battle over SALT cap deduction

June 13, 2019

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have been fighting a new cap on state and local tax deductions ever since it was included in the 2017 Republican tax overhaul. They are losing. [More:​ Treasury deals final blow to states' SALT deduction...

IRA trusts could become an estate planning disaster

June 11, 2019

The new SECURE Act that was passed overwhelmingly by the House in a 417-3 vote on May 23 contains a provision to eliminate the stretch IRA and replace it with a 10-year payout for most non-spouse beneficiaries, including trusts. Stretch IRAs...

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