Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing focuses on practice management. We discover that many asset managers and broker/dealers do not trust compliance programs. Sponsors are looking for more services from their third-party administrators. You may be surprised to learn that only 19% of financial advisers are women, which is why some firms are proactively looking to hire more women. Some advisory practices are centralizing the investment management function and finding that it leads to better performance and lessened risk of litigation.
Retirement plan advisers work closely with recordkeepers and third-party administrators, and as in the recordkeeping market, there are significant and persistent pressures reshaping the TPA landscape.
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The principal of financial adviser inclusion and diversity at Edward Jones reflects on her job leading the advisory company’s revamped diversity efforts—informed by her own first career as an adviser in the field.
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MassMutual says a married couple that lives into their 90s but decides to begin their Social Security benefits at age 62 as opposed to age 70 could be leaving as much as half a million dollars on the table, or forfeiting $2,000 to $4,000 a month for life.
With the passage of the SECURE Act by the House of Representatives, experts tell PLANADVISER they are optimistic that agreement will be reached with the Senate during this Congress, but the many supporters of retirement reform will have to wait and see how compromise might be reached.
One retirement industry executive says she believes the Senate could act quite quickly in taking up the SECURE Act, which just passed the House of Representatives with a practically unanimous yea vote.