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CFPB Releases Tool to Help Consumers Decide When to Claim Social Security

On November 12, the CFPB released “Planning for Retirement,” an online tool intended to help older consumers make informed decisions regarding Social Security retirement benefits. On the same day, the CFPB published a report...more

CFPB releases report on retirement security and planning tool

In conjunction with the retirement planning event that the CFPB is holding in Washington, D.C. today with the Social Security Administration, the CFPB has issued a report, “Issue Brief: Social Security claiming age and...more

CFPB to hold retirement planning event

The CFPB has announced that it will be holding an event about retirement planning with the Social Security Administration in Washington, D.C. on November 12, 2015. After remarks from Director Cordray and Acting Commissioner...more

Change Your Will When Your Divorce Is Final

Hi there, All the more reason that you need to follow up with a qualified financial and estate planner after a divorce! Best,Nancy...more

So How are Those "Pension Freedoms" Working Out?

In April 2015 the UK woke up to a world of freedom. Pension freedom. From that date if you had a defined contribution pension pot and were 55 or over, it was up to you what you did with the money. You could buy an annuity,...more

The First Step to Financial Peace is Having a Plan

If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that I am a fan of Dave Ramsey and his approach to eliminating debt. This is kind of a strange thing for a bankruptcy lawyer (for some weird reason many bankruptcy attorneys...more

Employee Benefits – Do Employers Owe a 401(k) Fiduciary Duty?

Back in July, we discussed how Jed Clampett of Mama’s Fried Pies caused his VP of marketing Elly May to suffer exorbitant taxes due to a deferred bonus that he offered.  This month, Jed finds himself again in the grease with...more

AML Update: The Rumors Are True – FinCEN Proposes Regulations That Will Require SEC Registered Investment Advisers to Adopt an AML...

On September 1, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) published in the Federal Register long-rumored proposed regulations that will require Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”)-registered investment...more

CFPB to hold event on financial management for seniors

The CFPB has announced that it will hold an event in Springfield, Virginia on August 17, 2015 about financial management for seniors and their caregivers. The event will feature remarks from Director Cordray and Virginia...more

SEC Issues Investor Alerts

Have you, a family member, a client or a friend ever been approached to make an investment where you were not sure if the person soliciting you to invest was trustworthy? If so, you are not alone. In fact, in response to...more

Estate Planning Pitfall: Your IRA owns real estate

Most people invest their IRA funds in stocks, bonds and mutual funds. But others may opt for nontraditional investments, such as real estate, in the hope of boosting their returns. As this article details, when choosing to...more

Insights Newsletter - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The Importance of Accredited Investors for Small Business Capital Formation - “All Appropriate Inquiries”: Update on the Environmental Due Diligence Standard - A Hunt for Justice Erodes...more

Nowotny on Private Placement Group Variable Deferred Annuity Contracts for Tax Exempt and Foreign Investors [Video]

The Private Placement Group Variable Deferred Annuity Contract aka GAC has quietely been used by tax-exempt organizations for some time. As far as I can count, $50 billion of tax exempt transactions have utilized the GAC as a...more

Nowotny on Private Placement Variable Deferred Annuities [Video]

I have written previously on the use of private placement variable annuities in trust planning. I call the idea -Dynasty Annuity. the fact of the matter is that no grantor of a Grantor Trust is happy paying taxes on income...more

Nowotny on Private Placement Life Insurance [Video]

This is the first in what will hopefully of a series of videos on private placement insurance products and planning. This is a topic of increasing interest and popularity with high net worth clients and their advisors. My...more

Getting the Best Medical Care: a Newsletter from Patrick Malone - June 2015

In This Issue: - Demographics = Destiny - It's (Very) Expensive - Make Planning a Priority - How to Shop for Long-Term Care Policies - Buyer Beware - Excerpt from Introduction: Looking Ahead: Preparing for...more

Proportionate liability now dead for financial planners?

On May 13th, The High Court significantly diminished (and arguably removed) the benefit of proportionate liability provisions in the Corporations Act and the ASIC Act in its judgment of Selig v Wealthsure Pty Ltd [2015] HCA...more

3 Ways to Use Your Tax Refund to Solve Your Debt Problem

It is the time of year when people are gearing up to get their taxes filed. Many will get a nice tax refund check and while what I am about to propose may be some of the least fun things you can do with a tax refund check,...more

Be Wary of Estate Tax Provisions in the Proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

It's time to call your estate and financial planners - new tax provisions in the proposed FY 2016 budget once again show the specter of potentially brutal taxes at death for the moderately wealthy....more

Compulsory examinations for financial planners on the horizon

ASIC has used its opening address to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services to advocate for compulsory examination of financial planners. ...more

Financial problems? Use leverage, not muscle.

Most of us try to "muscle through" financial problems before we realize it just isn't working and we need another plan, one with leverage....more

Financial affairs structure dodges a “related entities” exclusion

The Queensland Supreme Court recently delivered a judgement demonstrating how an exclusion intended to exclude claims from which the Insured may benefit directly or indirectly did not do its work due to the way in which the...more

CFPB issues second Financial Literacy Annual Report

The CFPB has issued its second Financial Literacy Annual Report to Congress. The report covers the CFPB’s activities to improve consumer financial literacy during the period from June 2013 through May 2014. The report’s...more

Transition Planning: Key Steps for a Successful Exit From a Closely Held Business

Executives of closely held and family-owned businesses are often so focused on running their businesses that they do not plan for the inevitable — the transition of ownership and/or leadership. It is not a question of “if ”...more

Federal Reserve Board Paper Reviews Large Bank Capital Planning

On August 19, the Federal Reserve Board released a paper that details its expectations for internal capital planning at large bank holding companies and describes the range of practices the Board has observed during the...more

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