Although target-date retirement funds are a ubiquitous retirement planning tool, their glide paths vary considerably from one provider to the next. Moreover, the glide paths themselves tend to change over time. Thomas M. Idzorek, CFA, discusses the problems associated with benchmarking these instruments and outlines a glide path stability score.
We often hear the phrase “trusted adviser," but is “trust” at the heart of the adviser-client relationship? Advisers only lose trust when they promise things they can't control, according to Deena Katz, an associate professor in the Personal Financial Planning department at Texas Tech University.
Developing a flow of steady referrals that help an adviser to grow his or her practice is a perpetual challenge. Julie Littlechild, president and founder of Advisor Impact, discusses how enhancing client engagement can support referrals and how to increase the likelihood that your clients become your most ardent advocates.
For most U.S. taxpayers, April 15 is a red-letter day. But that doesn’t mean tax matters should be filed and forgotten about until next year. There are several favorable estate, gift, and generating-skipping transfer (GST) tax provisions that are set to expire at the end of the year, unless Congress acts to extend them in the coming months. That means there is still time for your clients to take advantage of larger exclusions and lower tax rates.
Do you have what it takes to be a successful financial adviser? To find the answer, the folks at MarketPsych surveyed a group of advisers. Not surprisingly, they found there was a strong correlation between a focus on client relationships and business growth.
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