Wealth Management

FSI NewsBrief

News for independent broker-dealers and financial advisors

FSI NewsBrief

Published in partnership with: Financial Services Institute

PCAOB urges improvement in broker-dealer audits

8/22/2014

  • InvestmentNews (free registration)

Broker-dealer auditors have room to improve in evaluating net capital, fraud risk, customer protection and fair-value estimates, according to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. "We again u… Read More

NAIFA SmartBrief

Insurance News

NAIFA SmartBrief

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

CFP group looks to stay abreast of trends

8/21/2014

  • InsuranceNewsNet online

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards has sent a survey to more than 70,000 planners and says it will use the results as a guide as it tweaks educational content to reflect changing indus… Read More

Financial Planning Digest

The latest news for CPA personal financial planners

Financial Planning Digest

Published in partnership with: American Institute of CPAs

How to deal with cloud computing outages

8/21/2014

  • InvestmentNews (free registration)

Employing the resources of the cloud may boost efficiency and provide access to new applications for clients and advisers, but it comes with risks, like the outage that Microsoft reported on Monday fo… Read More

Retirement Security SmartBrief

A publication for individual investors

Retirement Security SmartBrief

Credit spending rises as delinquency rates drop

8/21/2014

  • Investor's Business Daily

Credit card spending rose 10.6% in the second quarter, up from 8.7% in the first quarter, according to a research note from William Blair analyst Robert Napoli. Charge-off and delinquency rates of 10 … Read More

NASBP SmartBrief

News for surety-bond professionals

NASBP SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Surety Bond Producers

States can use bonding requirements to exercise authority on P3s

8/21/2014

  • Lexology.com (free registration)

Contracts for public-private partnership projects differ by state in terms of the bonding requirements, which offer protection against contractor default as the private sector holds a great deal of co… Read More

FPA SmartBrief

News and information for financial planners

FPA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Financial Planning Association

Municipal advisers face SEC exams

8/22/2014

  • ThinkAdvisor
  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

The Securities and Exchange Commission plans over the next two years to examine a "significant percentage" of firms registered as municipal advisers. The exams will help the SEC "establish a presence"… Read More

IMCA Insight

News and information about investment management consulting

IMCA Insight

Published in partnership with: Investment Management Consultants Association

Do hedge funds fit in 401(k) plans?

8/19/2014

  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

The debate over whether alternative investments, notably hedge funds, belong in 401(k) plans continues to rage. Alternative investments certainly offer a way to better diversify portfolios with produc… 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

Advisor recommends non-traded REITs as part of portfolio

8/19/2014

  • Investor's Business Daily

For income-oriented retirement savers with a moderate tolerance for risk, Joe Centra of the Allocation Resource Group suggests a model portfolio with 42% of the assets in stocks, 26% in an annuity, 7.… Read More

IRI Retirement Income SmartBrief

Retirement income industry news

IRI Retirement Income SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Insured Retirement Institute

IRI study: Many people consult financial professionals

8/22/2014

  • InsuranceNewsNet online

Linda Koco takes a look at the extent to which investors rely on advisors. She notes a study from the Insured Retirement Institute that found 62% of investors have consulted a professional about retir… Read More

Insured Retirement Institute SmartBrief

Insured retirement income industry news

Insured Retirement Institute SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Insured Retirement Institute

First person: Why I rolled a lump sum into an annuity

8/18/2014

  • InvestmentNews (free registration)

Mary Beth Franklin explains why she chose a lump sum distribution over a monthly income stream from her pension. "I was fortunate. I owned a deferred variable annuity with living benefits inside my in… Read More

NVCA SmartBrief

News for the startup ecosystem

NVCA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Venture Capital Association

The next stage for the Internet of Things

8/21/2014

  • TechCrunch

The first stage of the Internet of Things was about using smartphones as remote control devices, and the next stage will be about connecting more devices and "leveraging data" to improve people's live… Read More