A bill sponsored by five Democratic senators seeks to authorize a 50% annual government match on up to $1,000 invested in a 401(k), IRA, 403(b) or 457(b) government retirement savings plan. If enacted into law, the Encouraging Americans to Save Act would also make the match available to participants in state and local government retirement programs such as OregonSaves.
Steve Dreyer, head of the Treasury Department's Federal Insurance Office, will leave today. He has told associates that he has realized work in government is a lot different from the private sector and that "I believe that my experiences can be best applied in other pursuits."
One important factor in clients ensuring their retirement security is "empowering their kids to live financially fulfilling and independent lives," writes Greg Powell of Fi Plan Partners. He offers four tips on this topic for advisors to pass on to their clients.
David Lenok uses characters from Stan Lee's Marvel Universe to discuss issues surrounding elder planning and abuse. Lessons include the importance of guardianship decisions and leveraging technology to improve the lives of elderly clients.
Despite a strong economy, Americans' confidence about retirement has declined, according to a survey from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and Heart + Mind Strategies. More than 60% of survey respondents said it is more difficult to retire on time now than it was five years ago.
Societal taboos are part of the reason women have less retirement savings than men, argues Marguerita Cheng of Blue Ocean Global Wealth. Cheng discusses the idea of "money silence," saying it "prevents women from discussing money matters."
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has delivered an upbeat assessment on the health of the US economy, saying it has room for further growth. However, he noted potential headwinds from factors including slowing demand from abroad, protectionism and the effects of the end of fiscal stimulus, which could influence the Fed's longer-term policy on interest rates.
One-third of Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans last year, the Kaiser Family Foundation reports. The cost of these plans varies from state to state, with Nevada expected to have the least-expensive plans in 2019, according to one ranking.
Hedge fund gross returns as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index dipped just over 3% during October, although fund net flows are up 0.64% so far this month, according to SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index measure. A similar picture emerged in the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index October data, which recorded a drop of 2.19%, while the MSCI AC World Index (Local) fell 7.33% to mark the worst month for the sector since 2011.
This year's EY Global Alternative Fund Survey shows that investors are balking at large allocations to hedge funds with just 7% planning to increase their exposure over the next three years, compared with 34% who plan to allocate more to private equity. The report also found that hedge funds are more likely than private equity to harness tech innovation, such as artificial intelligence, across their operations.
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