Emerging Trends

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Engagement in Well-being Programs Strongly Linked to Greater Employee Loyalty
    Engagement in Well-being Programs Strongly Linked to Greater Employee Loyalty

    How employee pride, and engagement, builds a more positive work experience

    Employees who actively participate in employer-sponsored health and wellness programs are much more likely to be proud to work for their employer and promote their company to others as a great place to work, according to Optum research released today.
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  • New Study Analyzes Teacher Pension Plans In Six States
    New Study Analyzes Teacher Pension Plans In Six States

    Data reveal pensions have important retention impact, providing greater security than 401(k)-style accounts

    A new report finds that teacher pension plans play a critical role in retaining educators while also providing greater retirement security than 401(k)-style retirement accounts.
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  • Markets Up – And Volatile
    Markets Up – And Volatile

    So, what drove the rally?

    U.S. markets experienced more wild sessions last week before ending in positive territory as the recent turbulence continued. In fact, we are currently in the middle of some of the most volatile market performance in more than eight years.
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  • With Wall Street Sell-Off, IMX Ends Year at Lowest Point in 2018
    With Wall Street Sell-Off, IMX Ends Year at Lowest Point in 2018

    2018 begins and ends with volatility as retail investors wait for clarity on economic, political concerns

    Following a rocky month for the U.S. stock market, the TD Ameritrade1 December Investor Movement Index® (IMXSM) continued its downward trend for the third consecutive month to 4.41, a 16 percent decline from its November reading of 5.27.
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  • 2019 Outlook: Navigating Slowing Growth, Tightening Liquidity and More Volatility
    2019 Outlook: Navigating Slowing Growth, Tightening Liquidity and More Volatility

    ...Yet most see reasons to be bullish on select opportunities

    Legg Mason, Inc. (NYSE: LM) The investment affiliates of Legg Mason value their independence – offering different perspectives that set them apart from other active asset management firms. They often agree – and sometimes do not – but when each looks to the year ahead, investors can expect a wealth of insights.
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  • Nobel Laureate Among Contributors to Latest Installment of “Financial Planning Review”
    Nobel Laureate Among Contributors to Latest Installment of “Financial Planning Review”

    Second installment of CFP Board Center for Financial Planning's peer-reviewed, academic journal now available

    The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning tomorrow has issued the second installment of Financial Planning Review, featuring key research benefitting the financial planning profession – including a paper co-authored by Harry Markowitz, recipient of the 1990 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
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  • Bitcoin IRA Launches Turnkey White-Label Solution For Financial Advisors And Enterprise Businesses
    Bitcoin IRA Launches Turnkey White-Label Solution For Financial Advisors And Enterprise Businesses

    Designed to specifically cater to financial advisors, registered investment advisors & wealth managers

    BitcoinIRA.com, the world's largest and most secure cryptocurrency platform that allows customers to purchase Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies for their retirement accounts, has launched a turnkey, white-label solution for enterprise businesses to enable them to invest their customers into a Bitcoin IRA.
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