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Markets & Economy » A Bitcoin Education

January 03, 2018 | Market Commentary

Bitcoin is on a meteoric rise. The cryptocurrency rose more than 13x in 2017 and has risen exponentially since first breaking onto the scene early this decade. While bitcoin’s price has soared at an astounding, orders-of-magnitude scale, the road has not always been smooth. From the day of the …

Markets & Economy » The First 100 Days, an Investor’s Perspective

May 01, 2017 | Market Commentary

Markets rode a roller coaster during President Trump’s first 100 days in office. Upon inauguration, confidence hovered near its post-recession peak and continued to grow upbeat. This helped support markets, which hit all-time highs shortly following the president’s well-received Congressional …

Shelby George

Senior Vice President, Advisor Services

Library » Converge, Volume 13: Fiduciary Fee Reasonableness

March 08, 2017 | Retirement Plans

Fee reasonableness is a fundamental and widely discussed fiduciary topic. Despite the importance of the topic, the Department of Labor (DOL) hasn’t given much insight or guidance as to what is considered a reasonable fee. As a result, much of the interpretation of what is and is not reasonable …

Shelby George

Senior Vice President, Advisor Services

Library » Converge, Volume 13: Breaking Down CITs

March 08, 2017 | Retirement Plans

Recent notable court cases which talk about at least considering Collective Investment Trust Funds (CITs) include Ameriprise Financial and Lockheed Martin – both with settlement agreements stipulating that plan sponsors consider using CITs in the plan. CITs are often less expensive to create/ …

Markets & Economy » Stocks Surge and Uncertainty Looms Following President Trump’s Address

March 02, 2017 | Market Commentary

In his first major speech since inauguration, President Donald Trump addressed his laundry list of outstanding campaign promises with a more conciliatory tone. Many political commentators approved of his more measured approach, but specifics remain absent for his key pro-growth policies (e.g., …

Shelby George

Senior Vice President, Advisor Services

Library » Converge, Volume 12: Trump and the Fiduciary Rule—Managing Uncertainty

December 07, 2016 | Retirement Plans

With Donald Trump named president-elect, a myriad of current policies have been put into question - including the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule. While this rule is not set to take effect until April 2017, there is question as to whether Trump’s election could halt its implementation. …

James Esposito

Qualified Plans Consultant

Library » Converge, Volume 12: What’s New with the Form 5500?

December 07, 2016 | Retirement Plans

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) new conflict of interest rule creates many new administrative requirements and disclosure requirements for fiduciaries. The requirements themselves can be daunting, but so too is the prospect of enforcing compliance. For that, the DOL empowered the plaintiff’s …

Shelby George

Senior Vice President, Advisor Services

Library » 3 Influencers Driving Today’s Fiduciary Best Practices

November 21, 2016 | Retirement Plans

As the Department of Labor (DOL) has redefined “investment advice,” they have undoubtedly accelerated the evolution of what it means to be a fiduciary. Regulators are but one of the three key influencers shaping best practices for new fiduciaries. Financial institutions are working aggressively …

Shelby George

Senior Vice President, Advisor Services

Library » Converge, Volume 11: Navigating New Regulations

September 26, 2016 | Retirement Plans

Come April 2017, many financial professionals will find themselves acting as an ERISA-like fiduciary. The new rule broadens the definition of “investment advice” to impose ERISA-like fiduciary obligations on all advisors to qualified retirement plans as well as IRAs and other tax-deferred …


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