Wealth Management

FSI NewsBrief

News for independent broker-dealers and financial advisors

FSI NewsBrief

Published in partnership with: Financial Services Institute

FSI active on many regulatory fronts

10/1/2014

  • Financial-Planning.com

FSI has been working actively on several regulatory proceedings. "The Department of Labor fiduciary issue continues to be our top priority," Robert Lewis, vice president of legislative affairs, said a… Read More

NAIFA SmartBrief

Insurance News

NAIFA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors

Consumer advocates want stricter ACA single-risk-pool designations

10/1/2014

  • National Underwriter Life & Health

State regulators should treat a health insurer and all of its affiliates within a market as a single entity under the Affordable Care Act's single-risk-pool provision, consumer advocates said in a let… Read More

Financial Planning Digest

The latest news for CPA personal financial planners

Financial Planning Digest

Published in partnership with: American Institute of CPAs

Branding can help advisers market their services

9/29/2014

  • RIABiz.com

This column addresses why some advisers avoid marketing in favor of the elusive referral and sets the record straight on how branding can help firms achieve visibility in the marketplace. Sometimes it… Read More

Retirement Security SmartBrief

A publication for individual investors

Retirement Security SmartBrief

Reverse mortgages can be more trouble than help

9/29/2014

  • Bloomberg

Financial advisers are still wary of reverse mortgages as an income option for aging clients. Despite new regulations aimed at better safeguards, the loans can cause serious problems for homeowners. Read More

NASBP SmartBrief

News for surety-bond professionals

NASBP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Surety Bond Producers

Miami has Panama Canal connections through port expansion, arbitration venue

9/24/2014

  • Miami Herald (tiered subscription model), The

An expansion of the Panama Canal has resumed, giving Miami and other East Coast ports the impetus to upgrade their facilities to accommodate the megaships that will be able to travel through the canal… Read More

FPA SmartBrief

News and information for financial planners

FPA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Financial Planning Association

Speculation over Perez's future stirs fiduciary talk

9/30/2014

  • ThinkAdvisor

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is rumored to be a possible replacement for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is stepping down. Even if Perez did leave the Labor Department, officials there would… Read More

IMCA Insight

News and information about investment management consulting

IMCA Insight

Published in partnership with: Investment Management Consultants Association

Most advisors working on cybersecurity, SEC examiners find

9/16/2014

  • InvestmentNews (free registration)

Securities and Exchange Commission examiners have found that most investment advisors and brokers are taking action to cope with potential vulnerability to cyberattacks. Most of the financial firms re… Read More

IPA Newsbrief, powered by SmartBrief

The best stories about investment through education

IPA Newsbrief, powered by SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Investment Program Association

REITs narrow their focus

9/24/2014

  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

Real estate investment trusts increasingly are streamlining and realigning their portfolios to focus on core investment strategies. Investors prefer smaller, more focused companies to larger entities … Read More

IRI Retirement Income SmartBrief

Retirement income industry news

IRI Retirement Income SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Insured Retirement Institute

Fixed index annuities progress steadily

9/30/2014

  • Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Fixed index annuities gain steady acceptance, writes Roy Daniel Rosner. "[I]nvestments in fixed index annuities march ahead, year after year rising with the stock market in the up years, and never goi… Read More

Insured Retirement Institute SmartBrief

Insured retirement income industry news

Insured Retirement Institute SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Insured Retirement Institute

SNL Financial: MetLife leads in annuity sales

9/23/2014

  • National Underwriter Life & Health

MetLife sold $7.08 billion worth of annuities in this year's second quarter, giving it the top ranking in annuity sales for the quarter, according to SNL Financial. The results marked a 21.33% increas… Read More

NVCA SmartBrief

News for the startup ecosystem

NVCA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Venture Capital Association

Software startups' burn rates are soaring

10/1/2014

  • Vox

The average burn rate for software startups in their fourth round of venture financing is now $1.6 million a month, about three times the rate for comparable startups in 2010. There's no easy answer t… Read More