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April 15th, 2019

How To Make 529 Plan Service Pay Off

Offering advice about 529 college savings plans can deepen client relationships, though such services are not usually big revenue drivers on their own. Advisers active in the space say saving for college is a priority for families, and with their tax advantages, 529 plans can be a valuable tool. Read more >
Supreme Court Decision ‘Greatly Expands’ SEC 10b-5 Liability
Who is liable when a brokerage firm staffer knowingly transmits false information at the behest of a superior? A recent Supreme Court ruling offers some answers, while raising some critical questions. Read more >
Impact of Executive Order on ESG, Proxy Voting May Be Muted
One ERISA expert says fiduciaries already evaluating ESG risks and those being active in proxy voting will continue parsing whatever ad hoc disclosures are volunteered by companies. Read more >
Investors Favored Fixed Income in the First Quarter
Nearly 90% of the days in the quarter saw net trading activity favor fixed income, according to the Alight Solutions 401(k) Index. Read more >
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The American College of Financial Services announces multiple hires and promotions; Northern Trust names foreign exchange sales head; MassMutual adds head of benefits practice; and more. Read more >
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Market Mirror
Friday, the Dow was up 269.25 points (1.03%) to close at 26,412.30, the NASDAQ climbed 36.81 points (0.46%) to 7,984.16, and the S&P 500 gained 19.09 points (0.66%) to 2,907.41. The Russell 2000 inched upwards by 5.66 points (0.36%) to 1,584.80, and the Wilshire 5000 was up 193.91 points (0.65%) to 30,059.92. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was down 31/32, increasing its yield to 2.976%. The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 17/32, increasing its yield to 2.557%. WEEK’S WORTH: For the week ended April 22, the Dow was down 0.05%, the S&P 500 was up 0.51% and the NASDAQ was up by 0.57%. The Russell 2000 was up by 0.14% and the Wilshire 5000 was up 0.61%.

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