More communication from advisors needed in a volatile market

Financial advisors should consider the current volatile market climate when considering how often to communicate with clients and err on the side of overcommunicating, writes AssetMark’s Michael Kim. He notes that it’s important for advisors to consistently provide context for market fluctuations and personalize interactions. InvestmentNews (tiered subscription model) (8/6)

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NAIC backs off uniform rate review for long-term-care insurance

A National Association of Insurance Commissioners task force has tabled a request to study creation of a uniform rate-review process for long-term-care insurance after encountering opposition. Birny Birnbaum, executive director of the Center for Economic Justice, calls the proposal “significant misuse of market-conduct authority.” InsuranceNewsNet Magazine online (8/6)

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Study: People underestimate long-term-care need, cost

A study from Moll Law Group shows Americans underestimate their need for long-term care, as well as the cost and how soon they might need it. The study also finds 64% of respondents have nothing saved to pay for long-term care. ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (8/6)

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Survey: More millennials using financial advisors

Millennials are increasingly seeking professional financial advice, with 42% using an advisor in 2017, up from 36% in 2016, according to a survey from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. The survey also showed the use of financial advisors fell 2 percentage points to 37% during the same period for…

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Report: QLACs a good retirement solution for an aging population

Qualified longevity annuity contracts are an effective solution for an aging population fearful of running out of money in retirement, but so far QLACs haven’t attracted significant assets, according to a report from Cerulli Associates. The Treasury Department and the IRS made QLACs accessible to 401(k) plans and individual retirement…

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Group: SEC shouldn’t make rules for annuity sales by insurance agents

The Securities and Exchange Commission should not impose a best-interest standard on insurance agents selling fixed annuities, an industry group said in a comment letter to the SEC. The Fixed Annuity Consumer Choice Campaign argued agents are already legally bound to give clients full and accurate disclosure and only make…

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Study points to investors needing advisors “now more than ever”

Results from a recent Invesco study show investors need help from their advisors “now more than ever,” says Kristina Hooper, Invesco’s chief global market strategist. Investors are “confused and overwhelmed,” says Hooper, which is leading to emotionally driven decision-making. ThinkAdvisor

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Do people truly need $1M to retire?

Salting away $1 million for retirement is an oft-cited goal, but a person can save less and still have comfortable senior years, while others might need more. Variables to consider include inflation, household expenses and a possible need to aid family members. U.S. News & World Report

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4 experts offer strategies to increase retirement savings

Four retirement experts offer tips for boosting your nest egg. These include treating your retirement savings like a business and focusing on income rather than assets. Forbes

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Tips for discussing benefits with millennials

Discussing benefits with millennials requires a different approach than was used with other generations, write Cy Moser and Mike Dahlinger of Trustmark Voluntary Benefit Solutions. They suggest sticking to the basics, playing to emotions and stressing value and convenience. Employee Benefit Adviser

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