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BofA settlement comes back to bite homeowners
On today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: BofA settlement bites homeowners. Plus: Warren Buffett feels compliance pain; a mortgage shop tries financial advice; fewer stocks participating in the bull market run; and stocks that could benefit from the ALS ice-bucket challenge.
MassMutual raises retirement game with hiring spree
Insurer aims to boost position among retirement plans with around $15 million in assets.
Greenback rallies ahead of the Fed minutes
Breakfast with Benjamin: The dollar rallies ahead of Fed news. Plus: Stocks historically love the Fed's Jackson Hole meeting; Argentina's latest gambit; insurance companies create new asset management opportunities; and regretting not buying Google at the IPO.
Ladenburg Thalmann acquires insurance brokerage
Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. on Friday acquired insurance broker Highland Capital for $42 million.
GAO report calls for more disclosure of managed accounts in 401(k)s
The Labor Department should require providers to share more on fees, performance and benchmarking, GAO says.
Can an adviser affiliated with an insurance company be fee only? Yes.
State rules on insurance affiliation complicate fee-only status for some CFPs.
Florida law allows planners to give insurance advice without insurance company
Helps fee-only planners meet CFP Board definition prohibiting such affiliation with firms that charge commissions
State regulators on high alert for complex investment and insurance sales
Structured products, non-traded REITs and private placements just a few of the products under scrutiny.
Treasury allows longevity annuities in retirement plans
The Treasury Department announces a rule that will allow retirement plan participants access to deferred-income annuities, also known as longevity insurance.
The big benefits decision
Helping clients determine when to begin collecting their hard-earned Social Security benefits is always tricky. Having worked a long career and finally making it to the promised land of retirement age, many people are justifiably eager to take what the government is ready and willing to give them.
The $20 billion MainStay Marketfield fund's chicken or egg problem
Fund performance sagged as assets ballooned and performance sagged – but the manager says his bad bets were the culprit.
AIG promotes Peter Hancock to CEO, replacing Benmosche
After paying off $182.3 billion bailout, insurer focused on property-casualty coverage, life insurance and retirement.
Hartford Financial Services Group names a new CEO
Insurer Promotes CFO to replace previous CEO following a medical procedure related to a brain tumor.
Outlook for life insurance positive, depending on rates
Analysts optimistic as long as insurers watch the credit quality of investments and rates rise gradually.
Japan's Dai-ichi Life to buy Protective Life for $5.7 billion
Protective CEO and management team will remain in place; deal creates 13th-largest global insurer.