Enjoy the current installment of “weekend reading for financial planners” – this week’s edition kicks off with the big news that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against the Department of Labor and its fiduciary rule, and moved to vacate the DoL fiduciary rule entirely… with the caveat that a separate decision from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals this week upheld the fiduciary rule, setting the table for a potential final showdown in the Supreme Court, and creating even greater uncertainty about the fiduciary rule in the meantime. Also in the news this week was the revelation that the SEC’s own fiduciary rule proposal may be coming soon – sometime in the second quarter – and its likely to focus more not just on fiduciary disclosures, but also whether advisors and brokers need to be clearer with their titles.
From there, we have several practice articles this week, including: how to conduct effective staff/team meetings (which are especially important as your team grows!); why “compensation” problems with employees are rarely about compensation alone, and effective employee retention is about the more holistic job opportunity and offering; why rearranging your office space (and who sits where) can spur creativity and innovation in the business (albeit at the risk of impairing productivity); and a look at what it will take in the future to be a true “destination” advisory firm (for both future clients, and future employees).
We also have a few articles on retirement planning, from a look at planning strategies to discuss with clients in their 50s when they’re still 5-10 years away from the retirement transition (or in the home stretch to saving enough to achieve it), to recent research that finds a disturbing spike in the mortality rate (especially for men) upon reaching age 62 and becoming eligible for Social Security, and a look at the pros and cons of so-called “bucketing” (or time-segmentation) strategies for retirement portfolios.
We wrap up with three interesting articles, all around the theme of household spending and cash flow: the first looks at the phenomenon of “lifestyle creep”, and why it’s so important to establish systems that aim to save your future raises going forward (so they don’t automatically creep into your lifestyle spending); a fascinating study that finds, due in large part to how judgmental society is of the rich, that most affluent people actually try to hide their wealth and are hypersensitive to being judged about it); and the last looks at how, because money is often a major point of contention between couples in a marriage, that one of the best ways to reduce marital conflict over spending is to give each spouse a guilt-free “allowance” that they can spend on any discretionary expense they want (without fear of being judged!).
Enjoy the “light” reading!