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Tax reform: Advisers will have plenty to digest as legislation works its way through Congress

Provisions in the tax bill will affect advisers and their clients alike.


It’s time to speak up about sexual harassment in the workplace

We are kidding ourselves if we think it doesn't happen in the financial advice profession, if we think we are somehow different from testosterone-driven Hollywood, the technology industry or even the broader financial services industry.


Rushed tax reform would cause more harm than a delay

Perhaps if the time allotted is expanded, cooler heads will prevail.


Advice firms need to invest in training and staff development

With most firms operating at or near capacity, firms need to step up their hiring and concentrate on building a workforce for the future.


Data breaches ratchet up risks for financial advisory firms

Registered investment advisers and broker-dealers must continue to upgrade their cyberdefenses if they wish to avoid finding themselves in hot water with investors and regulators.


Trump’s tax blueprint opaque on fate of deferrals for retirement savings

Be glad we've got something to chew on, but don't cheer too loudly, too quickly.


Do you really want states to take the lead on fiduciary?

The Trump administration's proposed delay in the implementation of key parts of the DOL's fiduciary rule has opened a can of worms for the financial services industry.


Special needs planning experts crave help from generalist peers

Planners should serve where they are truly needed.


Harvey and Irma — Reminders that advisory firms need solid continuity plans

Clients, shaken by the scale of hurricanes, will be in need of their financial advisers' reassurance that their assets are safe and accessible.


Action must be taken to make Finra more accountable

The SEC or Congress should consider forming an independent commission to consider Finra's future.


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