State of the Annuity Marketplace: Fixed Indexed Annuities to Dominate 2017
The future of annuities remains hazy because of new regulatory changes. The fiduciary rule is uncertain, but it is also possible that the time for initial compliance will come before the rule is repealed. Many carriers are embracing fixed indexed annuities because rising interest rates and riders can make the products more valuable than ever.
Awaiting Trump’s Tax Reform: Shifting 401(k) Funding Strategies
The new era is expected to bring about substantially reduced income tax rates which is a welcome change but complexity to retirement income planning. Many high-income taxpayers max out contributions to pre-tax retirement savings accounts specifically in order to minimize taxable income. Maxing out pre-tax retirement account contributions may no longer be the smartest strategy
NY Regulators Highlight Need to Keep Annuity Suitability in Sight
Annuities remain among the most popular retirement income planning tools today. New York regulatory guidance highlights that explaining the variations between different types of immediate and deferred annuities can prove challenging however. As states crack down on suitability review issues, an advisor’s ability to determine which annuity product is advisable has never been more important
Small Business Gets Year End Relief for Health Reimbursements
Small employers struggle finding health care solutions for employees. Fortunately, small employers can reimburse employees for health expenses, and allow qualifying small business clients to offer health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) without fear of being penalized. Small business clients will be able to offer qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs) beginning in 2017.
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Powers of appointment are a valuable tool in estate plans, because they allow for future flexibility in the ultimate disposition of the donors property which is placed in a trust.
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Certain high income clients who have not previously made deductible IRA contributions ought consider opening a traditional IRA this year and contributing the largest allowable nondeductible contribution they can manage.
The will approach is based upon one of two major assumptions. At the time of the interview, either the prospect has a will or doesn`t - there`s no middle ground.
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Funded Deferred Compensation (Annuities and Trusts), Unfunded Deferred Compensation
New Disclosure Regulations for Retirement Plan Service Providers
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Abbreviations, About Summit Business Media, About the Editors, Introduction
Death Benefits, Group Permanent Insurance, Group Survivor Income Benefit, Group Term Life Insurance, Retired Lives Reserves
Employer-Provided Health Insurance, Health and Medical Savings Accounts, Health Insurance And The Estate Tax, Health Insurance And The Gift Tax, The New Health Care Reform Law
Distributions, Early Distributions, Eligibility, Employer-Sponsored IRAs, Estate Tax Issues, Filing Requirements, In General, Required Minimum Distributions, Simple IRA, Simplified Employee Pension (SEP)
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