Enjoy the current installment of “weekend reading for financial planners” – this week’s edition kicks off with the industry news that Schwab is tapping former TD Ameritrade RIA chief Tom Bradley to lead a new “Core” RIA support platform for RIAs under $100M on the Schwab platform, indicating both a shift of Schwab moving further “downmarket” to smaller and solo RIAs, and providing a strong signal to smaller TD Ameritrade RIAs that they will not be abandoned or kicked off the platform after the Schwabitrade merger closes. We also have articles about the recent uniform fiduciary rule proposed in Massachusetts, and a look at the new SEC advertising and testimonials rule that’s been proposed by the SEC for the coming year.
From there, we have several investment-related articles, including a look at how advisors are increasingly using “alts” to diversify client portfolios but are disproportionately buying alts that are still highly correlated to markets (which make them more ‘modifiers’ than true ‘diversifiers’), a simple five-point checklist to evaluate prospective investment strategies that an advisor may be considering, and tips on how best to retain clients through turbulent markets (hint, it’s all about regular and timely communication, more so than the investment returns themselves!).
We also have a few articles on tax planning, including one on various year-end charitable planning strategies, a second on newly-updated IRS rules (via Revenue Ruling 2019-19) about how to handle retirement account checks that are sent but not cashed (to determine which year they are deemed “distributed” for both tax and especially RMD purposes), and a look at how year-end tax-loss harvesting is not really as valuable as many make it out to be.
We wrap up with three interesting articles, all around the theme of improving our own personal health: the first looks at how spending just 2 hours per week outdoors (even just taking periodic walks or sitting on benches outdoors throughout the week) can improve health; the second explores how those who have more green-ness – literally, in the form of plants or nature, even indoor in their own homes and offices – can improve health; and the last looks at all the simple health benefits that come from being kind, that literally release positive hormones in our bodies and that have a wide range of positive health effects (a good sign for being a financial planner in the business of helping our clients!).
Enjoy the ‘light’ reading!