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  • Part-Time Nation
    Part-Time Nation

    The “Gig Economy” leaves some working Americans financially vulnerable

    In recent years, a greater number of working Americans have left the 9-to-5 career path for the “gig economy,” taking on part-time, contingent, or independent contractor positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the proportion of the U.S. workforce employed part-time (i.e., less than 35 hours per week at any one employer) has increased…
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  • Markets Relax and Rally
    Markets Relax and Rally

    Updates on trade and monetary policy contributed to investor decisions

    After months of volatility, markets relaxed a bit last week. For the first time since October, the S&P 500 went 5 days without a 1% gain or loss. The Cboe Volatility Index, or VIX, also fell to lower than 20 - in December, it spiked above 35.
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  • LIMRA and LOMA Establish the Robert A. Kerzner Scholarship Program
    LIMRA and LOMA Establish the Robert A. Kerzner Scholarship Program

    From the start, Kerzner was an 'agent of change'

    LIMRA and LOMA today announce the Robert A. Kerzner Scholarship Program, established to honor Robert Kerzner for his contributions to the insurance industry and his years of service as CEO of LIMRA, LOMA, and LL Global.
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  • During Longest Government Shutdown in U.S. History, Small Businesses Across the Country Feel its Impact
    During Longest Government Shutdown in U.S. History, Small Businesses Across the Country Feel its Impact

    From Inability to Receive Small Business Loans to Potential Tax Uncertainty, Small Business Community Left in Limbo During Shutdown

    As the partial government shutdown enters its 24th day – now officially the longest government shutdown in history – small businesses across the country are feeling the effects of the shutdown resulting in unnecessary uncertainty at the start of a new fiscal year.
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  • Investors Sought Out RIAs in 2018 Amid Market Volatility
    Investors Sought Out RIAs in 2018 Amid Market Volatility

    RIAs expect more strong growth in 2019, as they welcome investors seeking advice, attract new talent, and adopt technology that enhances the client experience

    Volatile markets in 2018 drove more investors to seek out the guidance of independent registered investment advisors (RIAs), with RIAs citing nearly 20 percent growth, on average, both in assets and revenues in 2018, TD Ameritrade Institutional1 found in its latest RIA Sentiment Survey.
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  • Data is the Name of the Game
    Data is the Name of the Game

    But how will it play out for insurance?

    by Mark Breading

    CES, which once centered on Consumers and Electronics (per its name), now extends far beyond consumers and focuses much more on software and data than on the electronics and hardware.
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  • Top Online Reputation Trends for 2019
    Top Online Reputation Trends for 2019

    Careful... You are what you tweet

    by John P. David

    After a year that saw a slew of epic social media fails, like an Elon Musk tweet leading to a set of $20 million fines and numerous folks losing jobs over offensive posts, I can say with certainty that 2019 will offer a new batch of colorful online problems.
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  • What’s Next For The Dollar, Gold, Stocks & Bonds?
    What’s Next For The Dollar, Gold, Stocks & Bonds?

    With the Fed confused, you better pay attention

    by Axel Merk

    The quip, “if you aren’t confused, you aren’t paying attention” needs to be replaced: “with the Fed confused, you better pay attention.” You may want to buckle up. Let me explain.
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  • Pension Spending Supports 7.5 Million Jobs, $1.2 Trillion in Economic Output
    Pension Spending Supports 7.5 Million Jobs, $1.2 Trillion in Economic Output

    Real estate, food services, health care, and retail sectors see biggest employment impacts

    A new report finds that economic gains attributable to defined benefit (DB) pensions in the U.S. are substantial. Retiree spending of pension benefits in 2016 generated $1.2 trillion in total economic output, supporting some 7.5 million jobs across the U.S. Pension spending also added a total of $202.6 billion to government coffers, as taxes were…
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  • Retirement: Can I Afford It?
    Retirement: Can I Afford It?

    LIMRA Research Finds 4 in 10 Small Businesses Currently Offer Retirement Benefits

    LIMRA research shows Americans’ top financial concern is affording a comfortable retirement and access to a workplace savings plan is the most effective way to get people to start to save for retirement. However when it comes to small businesses (2-99 employees) only 42 percent offer retirement benefits – either along w
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  • Four Ways to Effectively Attract a Diverse Workforce
    Four Ways to Effectively Attract a Diverse Workforce

    Having a Variety of Diversity at Your Company Can Have a Big Impact on Your Success

    by Jeremy Eskenazi

    Is your team diverse? Do you invest to ensure your team reflects the needs and attitudes of your customers and clients? They need to reflect the communities your employees live, work in, and provide services to.
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  • Children of Millionaires Want to Inherit Parents’ Values More Than Their Wealth
    Children of Millionaires Want to Inherit Parents’ Values More Than Their Wealth

    Confidence for future wealth is high, but many say they need more financial acumen

    More than nine in 10 Generation Z and Millennial children of millionaires say the most important thing they will inherit is their parents’ values, not their wealth, according to a recent survey by Wells Fargo Private Bank. More than four out of five (84 percent) say they want to sustain and build on their family’s…
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  • Family Offices See Private Equity as Key to Future Returns
    Family Offices See Private Equity as Key to Future Returns

    Education and Succession Planning Become Higher Priority

    Private and public equity allocations drove strong returns for family offices over the past three years, according to a new report released by Northern Trust Global Family Office and Private Investment Offices Group (GFO) and the Wharton Global Family Alliance (GFA).
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