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529 plans offer tax and estate planning advantages


  • InvestmentNews (free registration)

Providing information and guidance about 529 college savings plans may help advisers form long-lasting bonds with clients and their families. These plans offer a number of advantages in terms of taxes… Read More

Doubts about value of Sears REIT grow


  • National Real Estate Investor online

As Sears moves forward with its plans to spin off 200 to 300 stores into a REIT during the first half of this year, analysts question whether the move will add value to the retailer. "Without new tena… Read More

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi

ECB's Draghi reveals bond buying details


  • Bloomberg

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi gave markets a boost Thursday as he revealed details of the ECB's much anticipated quantitative easing plan, which is set to commence Monday. Draghi said t… Read More

License to grow medical marijuana is delayed by judge's ruling


  • Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

A county judge's order prevents the Illinois Department of Agriculture from licensing a company to grow medical marijuana as a competing firm's lawsuit challenges how the state evaluated applicants fo… Read More

CBA: Commission structure would give CFPB a better balance



Replacing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's director with a five-member commission is what Congress originally intended, and it would "better balance consumer access to financial products wit… Read More