In The News – 2019

Voices Bridging the finance generation gap

4/26/2019

Senior-level financial executives are looking for new skills and abilities from the next generation of accounting and financial reporting professionals. In fact, a combination of strong soft skills (like communication and creativity) along with a background in new technologies (such as data analytics and artificial intelligence) are the most highly valued traits sought after by finance organizations, according to the Financial Education & Research Foundation and Robert Half’s 2018 Benchmarking Accounting and Finance Functions report.

In a challenged sector, how one IBD is navigating a barrage of changes

4/22/2019

Jack Oujo admits he may have flubbed the initial call. The 26-year HD Vest Financial Services advisor and former minor league baseball umpire first balked at the largest tax-focused independent broker-dealer’s clearing switch to Fidelity’s National Financial Services. Upon further review, he says, it looks much better, thanks to tools like eMoney and a new client portal.

Why You Should Be Investing in Commodities

4/17/2019

Investors seeking the perfect stock market hedge just might find it by investing in commodities. Commodities are the raw materials that are either consumed or used to build other products. From orange juice, to timber, oil and gas or gold, commodities take many forms.

Robos survived a volatile year. What happens when it’s worse?

4/10/2019

Buoyed by a decade-long bull market, robo advisory firms have made significant inroads in the U.S. wealth management market since the financial crisis — assets on digital platforms are now expected to top $1 trillion by next year.

Robos survived a volatile year. What happens when it’s worse?

4/10/2019

Buoyed by a decade-long bull market, robo advisory firms have made significant inroads in the U.S. wealth management market since the financial crisis — assets on digital platforms are now expected to top $1 trillion by next year.

Voices Private companies should proceed cautiously as filing deadline approaches

4/08/2019

Many private companies will benefit from the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act thanks to a key provision of the law that provides certain private businesses with a 20 percent deduction for certain qualified pass-through business income.

1st Global president prepares for HD Vest, Blucora deal

4/04/2019

David Knoch, the president of 1st Global, is getting ready for the close of the acquisition of his financial advisory firm by Blucora, the parent company of HD Vest, and is making plans for aligning with a former rival.

How 401k Plan Sponsors Can Mitigate Fiduciary Liability Associated with Target Date Funds

4/02/2019

Previously, we outlined and examined the often unanticipated problems that can bedevil unsuspecting 401k plan sponsors (“5 Areas Where Target Date Funds Increase 401k Plan Sponsors’ Fiduciary Liability,” FiduciaryNews.com, March 26, 2019). If these represent the poison, what antidotes can be help save 401k plan sponsors from that unwanted fiduciary liability?

2019 Latest Robo-Advisor News from Robo-Advisor Pros

3/13/2019

This month brought with it a variety of robo-advisor news. From new offerings for UAE residents to reminders about how successful diverse portfolios can be, February brought a lot of updates to the robo-advisor world.

How QDIAs Have Changed the Fiduciary Role of 401k Plan Sponsors

3/12/2019

Target date funds are the fastest growing segment on the 401k investment menu. In the more than ten years since they’ve become a default staple in 401k plans, target date funds have certainly changed the retirement prospects for employees. How have these investment vehicles changed the roles, responsibilities, and even the fiduciary liability of the plan sponsor?

Has New Tax Law Twisted Business Owners Best Interests When It Comes to Retirement Savings Plans?

2/26/2019

Small businesses make up the vast bulk of the businesses in America. They may be full-time businesses, or they may be side hustles that bring in a few extra bucks during the moonlight hours. Many of these businesses are family-owned, especially the part-time businesses.

Taxpayers turning to accountants to help navigate new tax law

2/22/2019

Consumers are confused this year about how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will affect them and are asking tax professionals for assistance with their taxes, according to a new survey.

Tech Innovation Catch-Up Tops CFO To-Do List in 2019

2/20/2019

Innovations like data analytics and automation aren’t reaching corporate finance as quickly as CFOs and controllers would like, prompting them to make a big tech push in 2019.

Corporate Controllers Step Into the Spotlight as CFO Role Evolves

2/20/2019

The role of the corporate controller, often the finance chief’s second-in-command, is expanding as CFOs delegate more of their traditional finance leadership work—a stressful evolution for some finance veterans who are stretching beyond their historic focus on process and efficiency.

Here’s How Robo-Advisors Performed During Stock Market Turmoil

2/15/2019

Robo-advisors have exploded through the previous few years, with the promise to handle and develop your cash based mostly on algorithms and know-how whereas providing cheaper pricing in comparison with conventional human choices.

3 Cases for Annuities in a Turbulent Market

2/12/2019

While there’s nothing unusual about volatility in stock markets, the big swings up and down we’ve experienced recently can amplify anxiety for those clients who are nearing retirement.

February 2019 Robo-Advisor News – Wealthfront, Bonds + More

2/04/2019

This month brought with it a variety of robo-advisor news. From new offerings for UAE residents to reminders about how successful diverse portfolios can be, February brought a lot of updates to the robo-advisor world.

Best Robo-Advisor Performance 2019 – Plus

1/28/2019

As a multi-decade investor I know the pull of high investment returns. It’s wonderful to imagine that a fund’s 20% one-year returns will continue into the future. Many investors make that assumption and jump in to the funds with top returns.

Tipping the Scales: Could Unit-e Finally Break Blockchain’s Scalability Impasse?

1/24/2019

Amid a seemingly constant stream of new concepts claiming to be key to crypto to breaking through to the financial mainstream, one immovable issue remains ever-present: scalability. The crypto community is abuzz with new projects relating to the issue, from the Bitcoin (BTC) Lightning Network to a brand new cryptocurrency designed by some of the top names in crypto and American academia.

MIT, Stanford and others to build blockchain payments network to rival VisaNet

1/22/2019

Seven major universities are working together to develop a digital currency network that solves blockchain’s scalability and performance problems before public confidence in the technology erodes.

Distributed Technologies Research: Swiss Blockchain and Decentralization Foundation

1/18/2019

Distributed Technologies Research, found online at DTR.org, is a non-profit organization that aims to promote research and decentralize the future.

MIT, Stanford Academics Design Cryptocurrency to Better Bitcoin

1/17/2019

Some of the brightest minds in America are pooling their brain power to create a cryptocurrency that’s designed to do what Bitcoin has proved incapable of: processing thousands of transactions a second.

Best Robo-Advisor Performance 2019 – Plus

1/09/2019

As a multi-decade investor I know the pull of high investment returns. It’s wonderful to imagine that a fund’s 20% one-year returns will continue into the future. Many investors make that assumption and jump in to the funds with top returns.

New study sheds light on how robo-advisors perform during market turmoil

1/09/2019

Robo-advisors have exploded during the past few years, with the promise to manage and grow your money based on algorithms and technology while offering cheaper pricing compared to traditional human options.

Here’s How Robo-Advisors Performed During Stock Market Turmoil

1/09/2019

Robo-advisors have exploded during the past few years, with the promise to manage and grow your money based on algorithms and technology while offering cheaper pricing compared to traditional human options.

New study sheds light on how robo-advisors perform during market turmoil

1/08/2019

Robo-advisors have exploded during the past few years, with the promise to manage and grow your money based on algorithms and technology while offering cheaper pricing compared to traditional human options.