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The Retirement Gender Gap: Saving, Risk, and Guaranteed Income

“The big fear society has is your standard of living is going to drop dramatically [in retirement]. And that’s what clients come to you and ask for help on,” says Diane Garnick, chief income strategist and managing director for TIAA (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association). So what does the retirement data say? One of the most worrisome trends is the gender retirement gap.

Three Ways to Identify Governance Risk

“Responsible investment” has nothing to do with nebulous moral considerations — it’s all about generating sustainable financial returns, says Sandra Carlisle of Newton Investment Management. Understanding three different levels of a company's profile can help to identify and avoid bad actors, bridging the gap between values-based investing and prudent fiduciary duty.

Weekend Reads for Investors: The Let It Be Edition

Jason Voss, CFA, highlights some of the most-compelling reads he's encountered over the last month. Among the topics explored: share buybacks, central banks, and dark matter.

The Bedrock of Due Diligence? Skepticism and “Cracking the Narrative”

Research analysts must rethink due diligence and manager selection, says Tom Brakke, CFA. Performance chasing doesn't work, and at the end of the day, an analyst's job is to crack the corporate narrative and tie the "what" to the "how." The best due diligence, Brakke says, is "field work."

From Robo-Conflict to Robo-Collaboration: Approaches for Wealth Managers

Financial advisers looking to strengthen their firm and improve their practice for private clients may find that the best results come not from conflict, but from cooperation.

Social Media: The Cornerstone of Financial Firms in the 21st Century

"It has never been more important to be able to differentiate yourself as a financial adviser than it is right now," Josh Brown, CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management, explained. "And social is how we do it. It’s how anyone can do it if they want to put in the time and the effort."

Linking Health Care Discussions with Wealth Care Results

Advisers should be aware of their clients’ health, talk with them about it regularly, and integrate what they have learned into a more comprehensive and effective financial plan.

Advisers: Ask Your Clients How They Take Care of Their Health

The rising — and unpredictable — cost of health care in retirement is the top concern for many Americans age 50 and older. Carolyn McClanahan, MD, says it's imperative for financial advisers to discuss health care planning with clients, and to obtain a basic health history.

Some Surprising (and Not-So-Surprising) Notes on Risks and Happiness in Retirement

Michael Finke, professor and director of retirement planning and living in the personal financial planning department at Texas Tech University, discusses idiosyncratic longevity trends and risks; planning for cognitive and physical changes in old age as a fiduciary adviser; and avoiding risks and planning for a more satisfying life in retirement.

Post-ATRA: The New Planning Paradigm for Wealthy Families

What is the “new normal” of estate and gift tax planning under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012? What are the new planning paradigms? Sam Donaldson, professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law, discusses planning options for $5 million, $8 million, and $30 million families.

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