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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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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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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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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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William Bengen’s 4% rule is approaching its 25th birthday. In the nearly three decades since his discovery of the safe withdrawal rate, much has happened. We’ve navigated the tech boom, and the housing bubble of the last decade, and are new riding a ten-year bull to new highs. Until last week!? A recent survey from...
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Writing for Kiplinger.com, RetireOne® CEO David Stone addresses some old myth-making about variable annuities. As sure as the sun rises and sets, variable annuities will draw negative attention from some advisors and finance journalists. And typically, their criticisms are spot on. But those criticisms often pertain to older products sold for commission. VAs are evolving....
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Experts have been weighing in on the slow adoption of no-load annuities and insurance-based solutions by RIAs. Certainly, a lack of non-commission products has been one of the culprits, but as more and more fee-based products come to market, why is adoption still low? Michael Kitces, recently quoted in a Ben Mattlin article in Financial...
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Writing in Advisor Perpectives, RetireOne CEO David Stone provides some insights into how to examine client variable annuities. Some advisors hate them for their complexity, high cost, and lack of transparency. And because RIAs aren’t typically insurance licensed, when clients walk in to their offices with VAs, some would rather refer them to an insurance...
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