27 Mar 2015

Are Retirement Planners Whistling Past the Graveyard?

The retirement situation is changing so rapidly that it’s not realistic to continue practicing retirement planning like advisers did a few years ago. The new political and investment reality is leaving most financial pros in the dust. Their clients know more about these basic changes than the professionals. The demise of

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17 Oct 2012

The Financial Literacy Dilemma by David Lufkin

  By David Lufkin As part of the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC has been charged to “identify the existing level of financial literacy among retail investors as well as methods and efforts to increase (it).” Part 1 of the SEC Financial Literacy Study was released recently, but the horses left

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19 Apr 2012

Revenue sharing lawsuit costs plan sponsor $35 million

In what is being called the first suit involving revenue sharing and fee disclosure and heightened transparency, a Missouri company has been ordered to pay $35 million to current and former plan participants. The lawsuit  (Ronald Tussey et al v. ABB Inc. et al, Case No. 2:06-CV-04305-NKL, United States District

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09 Jan 2012

Accepting the “New Normal” in Financial Marketing

 “The U.S. job market is showing signs of a sustained recovery. But the country’s prolonged struggle with unemployment will leave scars that are likely to remain for years, if not generations.” –Ben Casselman, The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 9, 2012 While the prevailing mantra for the upcoming election is “job

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01 Nov 2011

Why Mutual Fund Companies Want You To Be Confused

Most of the discussions about the need for greater transparency in financial transactions has centered on the need to adopt greater fiduciary responsibilities. But there is also another reason: economic. Mutual funds benefit financially from the lack of transparency.  When fund companies make it difficult for investors to choose between

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31 Oct 2011

Investors Still Awaiting Decision on Critical Issue of Fee Reform.

Note: This article was originally published in July 2010.  Investors are still waiting for a decision. After decades of wrangling, false starts, and back room intrigues, it looks like the SEC is finally addressing the long-over due, critical issue of mutual fund fees. Today, these fees charged to fund shareholders

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