Do Solo Advisors Have a Future? The industry has largely moved to a team model, but some advisors may finish out their careers as 'bachelors,' says John Taft, CEO of RBC's U.S. wealth management division.
RIA Leaders: Top 20 Firms for 2015 Over the years, Financial Planning has been striving to make the annual RIA Leaders list ever more rigorous, weeding out advisory firms that take commission, have registered reps, are owned by big stakeholders. This years ranking calls out the most successful independent, fee-only players who have been able to say no to the big offers -- at least so far.
The best first step in preparing for health care expenses is to separate recurring costs from the less predictable ones; Plus. a proposal in Washington calls for required minimum distributions for Roth IRAs.
Retirement savers may consider rolling over their 401(k) assets to an IRA if they want to consolidate their retirement accounts and have an easier time managing their savings; Plus, the hidden threat to retirement. more »
Financial advisors and academics are helping retirees ensure their spending plans are on track by offering drawdown strategies that can adjust to age, account balance and other factors; Plus, five benefits of a capital gains retirement strategy. more »
Advisors should advise clients to avoid buying a one-size-fits-all product and to check offerings by as many carriers as possible before making a decision; Plus, how to counsel pre-retirees who want to give financial assistance to their adult children. more »
The White House plans to throw its full weight behind a Department of Labor proposal to make it harder for brokers to push higher-fee mutual funds or other expensive retirement investment products. more »
Experts recommend that employers be more flexible with workers who borrow money from their 401(k) plans, such as giving more time for repayment or allowing loans to be rolled over to the next employer's plan. more »