Investments

  • Dodd-Frank’s 4th Birthday: Will the Housing Market Wither or Blossom?
    Dodd-Frank’s 4th Birthday: Will the Housing Market Wither or Blossom?

    Has it fulfilled its promises?

    by Ron D’Vari, CEO, & James Frischling, President, NewOak

    From the inception of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act four years ago, U.S. housing finance reform has been one of the legislation’s biggest priorities. Since then, the U.S. financial system has undergone enormous alterations, but has Dodd-Frank fulfilled its promise?
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  • Mobilizing The War On Financial Fraud
    Mobilizing The War On Financial Fraud

    Attorneys, Industry watchdogs combine forces

    Nine out of 10 practicing attorneys surveyed by the Investor Protection Trust (IPT), the Investor Protection Institute (IPI), and the American Bar Association (ABA) are willing to take part in a new campaign to address the estimated 20 percent of older Americans who have been the victims of investment fraud and financial exploitation.
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  • Employers Must Appeal to the Needs of ‘Savers,’ Not ‘Investors’ to Boost Retirement Readiness
    Employers Must Appeal to the Needs of ‘Savers,’ Not ‘Investors’ to Boost Retirement Readiness

    Advisors Survey: Investment Risk Appetite and Retirement Confidence Remain Critically Low

    A new transatlantic defined contribution (DC) survey from State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), the investment management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT), has found that retirement confidence remains alarmingly low among DC plan participants polled in the US, UK and Ireland.
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  • Target Date Funds: Market Timing Roulette Wheels?
    Target Date Funds: Market Timing Roulette Wheels?

    Wagging the retirement-income dog again

    by Steve Selengut

    Ross Kerber’s Reuters “feed” entitled: “Target date funds try timing the market” is really a must read article… what it says in a nutshell is that market value growth considerations are wagging the retirement income dog yet again.
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  • Assessing the Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act Four Years Later
    Assessing the Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act Four Years Later

    Testimony: Haphazard implementation has allowed unintended consequences

    Anthony Carfang, Partner, Treasury Strategies, Inc. testified Wednesday at the U.S. House of Representatives on "Assessing the Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act Four Years Later." Treasury Strategies supports the House's Committee on Financial Services efforts to ensure the Dodd-Frank Act and all other financial regulation is implemented in a manner that supports a stable and robust financial system.
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  • SEC Approves FINRA Rule to Prohibit Conditioning Settlements on Expungement
    SEC Approves FINRA Rule to Prohibit Conditioning Settlements on Expungement

    To protect the integrity of the CRD system

    he Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved a new rule prohibiting firms and registered representatives from conditioning settlement of a customer dispute on - or otherwise compensating a customer for - the customer’s agreement to consent to, or not to oppose, the firm’s or representative’s request to expunge such information from the Central Registration Depository (CRD) system.
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  • PIABA to SEC: Bar Brokers From Buying a Clean Record
    PIABA to SEC: Bar Brokers From Buying a Clean Record

    Group urges adoption of FINRA's proposition

    With the expiration yesterday of a deadline for a decision about a key rule that would protect investors, the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) is calling on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to approve Rule 2081 without further delay.
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  • Economic Scenarios: Smooth Sailing Ahead or Calm Before the Storm?
    Economic Scenarios: Smooth Sailing Ahead or Calm Before the Storm?

    Overly complacent markets could lead to an unexpected increase in volatility

    THE UBS GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT Cyclical Market Forum, held quarterly to discuss three plausible economic scenarios and their potential implication for investments over the next 12 months, found its 2Q14 Forum dominated by discussions over continued strong market returns and low volatility levels across many asset classes, as well as concerns that potential negative shocks to the global economy have not been fully priced into the markets.
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  • Are Your Client’s Insuring Their Retirement Plans?
    Are Your Client’s Insuring Their Retirement Plans?

    The challenge is in understanding the value of their greatest asset

    You have insurance on your home, your car, your health. How about your retirement plan?
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  • Markets Shake Off  Global Worries
    Markets Shake Off Global Worries

    Despite the pull of other forces, momentum continues

    Weekly market view from LMK Wealth Management

    Despite a tumultuous week that had it all - earnings, volatility, geopolitical shock, and monetary policy news - markets were still able to chalk up a win. For the week, the S&P 500 gained 0.54%, the Dow grew 0.90%, and the Nasdaq added 0.38%.
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  • The “Great Re-Moderation” Defines Mid-Year 2014 Global Market
    The “Great Re-Moderation” Defines Mid-Year 2014 Global Market

    U.S. equities over fixed income; Market shocks cautioned

    Russell Investments released today its Strategists’ 2014 Global Outlook – Third Quarter Update, which provides the most recent guidance for the firm’s multi-asset portfolios and services from Russell’s global team of investment strategists.
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  • Recovery Out-muscles Debt, Interest Rates and Policy Gridlock
    Recovery Out-muscles Debt, Interest Rates and Policy Gridlock

    While long-term sentiments indicate restrained improvements, signs point to accelerating growth over the next few years

    Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE:DNB), the world’s leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses, today announced the results of its Global Economic Update for 2014, based on deep analysis of its proprietary business data.
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