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Develop Diverse Talent With an EQ: Schwab
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Develop Diverse Talent With an EQ: Schwab

Looking for and developing talent is important for growing advisory firms. A Schwab Advisor Services study released Wednesday asked second- and...

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Former Schwab Exec Lands at Cetera
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Former Schwab Exec Lands at Cetera

Andy Gill, formerly Charles Schwab's chief marketing officer, is now an executive at Cetera Financial Group. He will serve as its chief strategy...

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Michael Kitces to Advisors: Differentiate or You're Doomed
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Michael Kitces to Advisors: Differentiate or You're Doomed

Although there continue to be many opportunities for advisors, the sector faces multiple challenges that include an ongoing crisis of...

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IRS Seeks to Adjust RMDs for Longer Lives
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IRS Seeks to Adjust RMDs for Longer Lives

The Internal Revenue Service has released proposed regulations to update the life expectancy tables for required minimum distributions from...

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10 Worst States for Medicare Advantage Sticker Shock
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10 Worst States for Medicare Advantage Sticker Shock

The Medicare annual enrollment period for 2020 is well under way, and one of the big questions on your clients' minds is, "What will that coverage...

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Time to Open Up to Closed-End Funds?
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Time to Open Up to Closed-End Funds?

While traditional, open-end mutual funds have served many investors well, it may be high time to open up to closed-end funds. Despite several...

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Stock Markets Hit All Time Highs—Now What?
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Stock Markets Hit All Time Highs—Now What?

Are stocks over-valued? Is it time for caution? In this post we will discuss the efficacy of two commonly used stock valuation ratios. In other...

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RIAs Lag Other Advisors in Social Media Use: Study
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RIAs Lag Other Advisors in Social Media Use: Study

While more advisors are using social media, broker-dealer reps and wirehouse brokers use it more frequently and see it as a more valuable business...

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Hearsay CEO Clara Shih Cheers SEC's Modernizing of Ad Rules
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Hearsay CEO Clara Shih Cheers SEC's Modernizing of Ad Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission's plan to modernize its outdated advertising rules will help advisors reach prospective clients, as "more...

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Opportunity Zones Under Fire in Congress
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Opportunity Zones Under Fire in Congress

The Opportunity zone program created by the 2017 tax cut legislation is coming under fire from a growing number of lawmakers, including two who...

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50 States of 2020 Medicare Advantage Pricing Power Data
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50 States of 2020 Medicare Advantage Pricing Power Data

Here's a table that compares Medicare Advantage plan enrollees' average annualized premiums payments with what workers in large group health plans...

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The Drug Store Industry Is a “Two-Player Sector”
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The Drug Store Industry Is a “Two-Player Sector”

Cap rates for the single tenant drug store sector increased by a single basis point to 6.22% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2019, according...

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How to Be a Leader, Not a Boss
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How to Be a Leader, Not a Boss

To be a great leader, don't clone yourself - let each team member shine in their own unique way. That's the advice of FranklinCovey leadership...

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Breaking Down Our Industry’s Disrespect Problem
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Breaking Down Our Industry’s Disrespect Problem

Last week, I wrote about disrespect toward women in the financial-services industry and what can be done about it. But to have a broader...

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Raymond James, Steward Add Merrill Reps With $1B: Recruiting Roundup
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Raymond James, Steward Add Merrill Reps With $1B: Recruiting Roundup

Recruiters at Raymond James and Steward Partners, an RIA associated with Raymond James' independent channel, have brought on financial advisors...

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Your Most Important PR Habit: Getting Ahead of the News
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Your Most Important PR Habit: Getting Ahead of the News

Forget sending out countless press releases, hounding reporters with the same tired pitch or paying thousands of dollars for media monitoring and...

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Berkadia Gears-Up for Affordable Housing Platform Expansion
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Berkadia Gears-Up for Affordable Housing Platform Expansion

NEW YORK CITY-Berkadia is going boldly into the affordable housing sector to close the gap between supply and demand lending for this critically...

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Lenders Race to Backfill Void Left by Housing Agencies
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Lenders Race to Backfill Void Left by Housing Agencies

This fall, several events related to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac occurred that cumulatively made them less competitive in multifamily lending and...

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New Opportunity Zone Form Provides Clarity
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New Opportunity Zone Form Provides Clarity

Last week the IRS and the Treasury Department released a draft form for Qualified Opportunity Funds. The form, which is intended for the 2019 tax...

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Life Distributor Event to Feature an RIA Panel
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Life Distributor Event to Feature an RIA Panel

Independent life insurance distributors want to know more about what's in the minds of registered investment advisors. NAILBA started the three-day...

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Older Consumers Keep Submitting More Life Applications: MIB
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Older Consumers Keep Submitting More Life Applications: MIB

Consumers ages 60 and older continued to keep the U. S. life insurance market growing in October. Individual life application activity was 1.4%...

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Advisors Are (Mostly) Upbeat About the Future: Schwab
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Advisors Are (Mostly) Upbeat About the Future: Schwab

Schwab executives and independent advisors provided a positive take on the current state of the industry and a mostly upbeat forecast for it as...

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Goldman Exec to Lead United Capital’s FinLife
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Goldman Exec to Lead United Capital’s FinLife

United Capital's client-experience platform is now being led by Rachel Schnoll. Schnoll made the switch to FinLife CX from Goldman Sachs, which...

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Third of SEC Enforcement Actions in FY '19 Involved Advisors
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Third of SEC Enforcement Actions in FY '19 Involved Advisors

The Securities and Exchange Commission brought a diverse mix of 862 enforcement actions in fiscal year 2019, of which 526 were "standalone" actions...

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Here Are 4 Planning Situations When Annuities Make Sense
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Here Are 4 Planning Situations When Annuities Make Sense

As advisors who often talk about annuities to financial advisors, we are often asked whether we "like" annuities. To that question, our standard...

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AI Fear, Optimism Are Misplaced, Tech Expert Tells Schwab Impact
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AI Fear, Optimism Are Misplaced, Tech Expert Tells Schwab Impact

Although artificial intelligence and other technologies may not be playing a significant role in the financial services sector today, advisors...

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Valliere: Tuesday Election Results 'Ominous' for Trump
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Valliere: Tuesday Election Results 'Ominous' for Trump

After Tuesday night's election losses in Virginia and Kentucky, Republicans, and especially President Donald Trump, should be very worried, said...

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Jobs Slowdown Is ‘Next Shoe to Drop’: Schwab Strategists
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Jobs Slowdown Is ‘Next Shoe to Drop’: Schwab Strategists

Two Charles Schwab investment strategists took the stage at the Schwab Impact conference with a warning that current economic concerns could become...

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IRS Bumps Up 401(k) Contribution Limit for 2020
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IRS Bumps Up 401(k) Contribution Limit for 2020

In guidance released Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service said employees in 401(k) plans would be able to contribute as much as $19,500 in 2020....

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RIA Selling Is Soaring, and Here’s Why
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RIA Selling Is Soaring, and Here’s Why

With valuations at an all-time high, more than 100 transactions year-to-date, a fact mentioned several times during multiple sessions at the Schwab...

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