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National insurance registry falls short of goal line, tax extenders passes
With Congress adjourned, rejected bills, such as one facilitating insurance agents' ability to practice in multiple states that was blocked by Sen. Tom Coburn, will need to be reintroduced next year.
Health savings accounts: Transforming health care, forcing hard choices
Advisers have found themselves helping clients figure out how to fund long-term retirement savings and short-term medical expenses, and it hasn't been easy.
If client tests positive, the next step is yours
A new blood test being developed to identify the likely onset of Alzheimer's disease up to a decade before current tools can offer financial advisers and clients great opportunities but also presents clients with a dilemma. To be tested or not to be tested?
Early detection of Alzheimer's would allow for better financial planning
Soon, a blood test may let patients know they have Alzheimer's 10 years earlier than it can be diagnosed today. Advisers say that is a lot of extra years to allow clients to save and make important legal and health care decisions.
Most Medicare beneficiaries overspend on out-of-pocket costs
People don't understand their coverage and the choices they can make to maximize their benefits and minimize unnecessary spending.
Prolific U.S. oil production raises questions about a new tipping point
Friday Breakfast with Benjamin highlights the downsides to cheap U.S. oil. Plus: Maybe you don't need long-term-care insurance, the high risks of not saving for retirement, Putin becomes a gold bug, and why you might get a raise in 2015.
How Social Security annual increases are calculated
Some topics are a lot more controversial than others. But I was amazed when my October 1, 2014, article that correctly predicted next year's 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security benefits several weeks before the official announcement triggered more than 80 vehement responses.Most of
Game Changers: Dealing with Dementia Cognitive decline doesn't just rob the elderly of their mental capacity. Advisers and their firms often are left adrift, forced to make crucial decisions affecting the financial affairs of elderly clients.
Early onset Alzheimer's: When plans are upended
Ken Sullivan and his wife, Michelle Palomera, seemed like ideal clients. Both had well-paying jobs in financial services and had been diligent savers. Their financial adviser helped them cover their bases, building their money in managed accounts while helping them plan for their two daughters' ...
Protecting vulnerable aging clients
Securities industry faces incalculable risks that require rigorous internal controls to manage relationships with aging investors
FSI offers long-term disability, life insurance to members
Program guarantees members coverage at a group rate FSI has secured as the plan sponsor.
Bears are giving up and that could be a bad sign
Breakfast with Benjamin: What's it mean when bears capitulate? Plus: The housing market recovery and homebuilder ETFs; 529s not so popular and here's why; Apple's big news; and the long-term-care insurance question.
Long-term care carriers
Provider data covering new and in-force policies and premiums Sep 7, 2014 @ 12:01 am Company New 2013 Annualized premiums ($M) In-force Policies, 2013 In-force Annualized premiums ($M), 2013 Bankers Life and Casualty 1, 2 7,248
One of industry's last holdouts, NAIFA elects its first female president
With women representing only 11.5% of advisers, trade group plans to highlight women in industry.
Beware of the blind side
If your clients think Medicare will cover most, if not all, of their health care costs in retirement, they are sorely mistaken.
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