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Mark Forman
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RetireOne President Ed Mercier has been working in the RIA space for 20 years. In an article for Advisor Perspectives, Ed shares similarities between his experience serving this audience of fiduciaries, and that of his colleague, Jim Combs. Jim is CEO of National Advisors Trust (NATC). NATC is one of the largest trust companies in...
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Addressing news that Envestnet plans to release annuities on their insurance exchange, Cyril Tuohy of Life Annuity Specialist examines the growing trend toward the inclusion of these products on wealth management platforms. When Envestnet—one of the largest—begins to include annuities on its exchange, it represents an important step toward tighter integration of these products in...
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In this article for IRIS, RetireOne President Ed Mercier explores the trend toward zero commission or ‘no-load’ insurance products like annuities. As robos take on more and more advisor services, many experts agree that financial behavioral coaching is one area that resists automation. This new generation of low-cost, fiduciary-focused products help RIAs manage client behaviors...
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Michael Finke of the American College interviews Nobel Prize winning economist Bill Sharpe about his latest research. “Finding a Better Retirement Income Solution” examines the results of his study demonstrating the strength of annuities as retirement income solutions. Finke says Sharpe is positive about the efficiency of income annuities. Many economists agree on that point....
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Annuities have a terrible reputation. Rather than incorporating them into retirement plans to solve specific problems for investors, some salespeople overstated their features and benefits—selling them as ‘strategies’ rather than tactics. Writing in ThinkAdvisor, RetireOne CEO David Stone says this semantic difference is important. These are complex instruments that help investors achieve important goals, but...
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Writing in RIABiz, Oisin Breen surveys the BlackRock/Microsoft deal announced last month that aims to ‘reimagine retirement planning.’ Since tech disruptions have yet to impact annuity pricing, RetireOne CEO David Stone believes this partnership could be good news for investors…Especially as 10,000 Baby Boomers retire every day, and the need for lifetime income increases. Could...
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Rudy Blanchard
Featuring Rudy Blanchard, MSM, APMA If it’s true what the Greek philosopher Epictetus said, that “Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself,” then it’s a safe bet Rudy Blanchard and his partner Eric Greschner were firehosed with personal insights from 2000 to 2010. Starting an RIA firm during the tech bubble...
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Kim Spencer
Featuring Kim Spencer, CFP®, CDFA® Moving assets to fee-based structures and transitioning those clients without back-office support can be very disruptive for advisors. The shear bulk of the work can be so daunting that some things fall through the cracks. Like annuity assets. Paperwork, complexity, lack of choice in fee-based offerings—all of these factors can...
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Midterms, oil prices, trade wars, conflict in Ukraine, and other instability made markets choppy in the fourth quarter. Research from Bespoke shows that the last three recessions (1990, 2001, 2007) followed the inversion of 3-year and 5-year treasuries by an average of 26 months. We just passed that yield curve inversion milestone. Folks may be...
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Principal protection solution is alternative for de-risking portfolios San Francisco – November 8, 2018 – RetireOne® has teamed up with Great American Life Insurance Company® to offer the Index ProtectorSM 7 annuity to RIAs and fee-based advisors who are seeking non-correlated assets to de-risk client portfolios. With interest rates still relatively low and rising, this...
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