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By Fred Barstein8/22/2014 • 0 Comments

The way an advisor looks at the world will determine the type of clients they attract, financial advisor blogger Michael Kitces notes on ThinkAdvisor. Kitces suggests that advisors who have an abundance mentality versus a scarcity mentality do better because they attract likeminded clients. 

By Nevin Adams8/22/2014 • 0 Comments

With the official report not due until September, a draft report released by the Oregon legislature's Task Force on Oregon Retirement Savings offers a blueprint of a proposed new mandatory auto-IRA program for the state. 

By Jerry Bramlett8/21/2014 • 0 Comments

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, “Hedge Funds in Your 401(k): Do they Fit,” Jason Zweig discusses the possible “place” of alternatives in 401(k) plans. In the article, “alternatives” refers to “anything other than plain old stock or bond portfolios.”

By Nevin Adams8/21/2014 • 0 Comments

If you’ve been hiring, odds are you’ve stumbled across an embellishment or two. After all, a new CareerBuilder survey notes that 58% of hiring managers have caught a lie on a resume — and a third of these employers have seen an increase in resume embellishments post-recession.

By Ray Harmon8/21/2014 • 0 Comments

This week the ERISA Advisory Council turned its attention to the issue of outsourcing employee benefit plan services, how that might impact and influence fiduciary responsibilities, and even touched on how an accreditation program could help fiduciaries make more informed outsourcing choices, something that NAPA has already begun developing.

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“Repeat” Performance

Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) currently represent about a quarter of the nation’s retirement assets; and yet, despite an ongoing focus on the accumulations in defined benefit (pension) and 401(k) plans that have, via rollovers, fueled a significant amount of this growth, a detailed understanding as to how these funds are actually used during retirement has, to date, not been as well understood.

Emerging Markets: Looking Ahead to 2030

In a recent article from Yahoo Finance, “Why Emerging Markets Have More Room to Run”, the author shows a simple chart that clearly demonstrates the volatility of the emerging markets compared to the U.S. stock market.
Case of the Week: Leased Employees — To Cover or Not to Cover

A recent call with an advisor in North Carolina is representative of common inquiries related to leased employees and plan eligibility. The advisor asked: “A client of mine that sponsors a 401(k) plan has some leased employees and some common-law employees. How are leased employees treated for plan purposes?”  

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