With another new year just around the corner, you may be thinking about financial planning as a part of your New Year’s resolutions. For those of you with a newborns or young children in the family, you may be thinking about opening a college savings plan. A 529 account can be a great way for … Continue reading Saving for College: FAQs About Opening a 529 Account
If you’ve looked into hiring an investment adviser or advisory firm to help manage your investments, you may have seen some offer various advisory services bundled together under one comprehensive fee. These types of service fees are called wrap fees and are offered as sponsored packages by many advisory firms. With wrap fee programs, your … Continue reading Investing 101: Wrap Fees Explained
There’s been chatter recently among economic experts that federal rate hikes would likely soon be on the way. Since 2016, the Federal Reserve has risen interest rates three times, but they’ve not not made any definitive announcements on the further hikes, leaving it open to speculation when they’d actually be introduced. It appears that economists … Continue reading Coming This December: Federal Rate Hikes… (More in 2018)
Last week, we spotlighted the resignation of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) head, Richard Cordray. His departure left a mark of uncertainty over the fate of the institution – one of the financial industry’s top regulators. Who’s the Boss? This week sparked contention over who would be taking the helm following Cordray’s departure. Although Cordray … Continue reading CFPB Replacement Pick Sparks Contention
This week, Richard Cordray handed in his resignation as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The early resignation comes at a time of increased criticism over current financial regulations and an uncertain outlook for many regulatory bodies. The CFPB especially, has been subject of intense criticism from the financial industry as overbearing and … Continue reading With Cordray’s Resignation, What’s Next for the CFPB?
Investors Beware: Paid-to-Click Fraud There’s a new online scam targeting investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued an alert to investors to watch out for Paid-to-Click (PTC) fraud. PTC scams involve fraudsters duping investors out of money for purchasing online advertisements. With Paid-to-Click fraud, investors are targeted by scammers who promise a share … Continue reading Investors Need to Watch Out for Paid-to-Click Fraud
In his remarks to Congress, out-going New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley implored lawmakers to preserve and maintain key financial regulation measures in face of growing support for review of standing requirements. Dudley recently announced his decision to retire from his position earlier (mid-2018) than his term allots. According to a Reuters article, part … Continue reading Fed Implores Congress to Preserve Key Financial Regulations
Banking giant, Wells Fargo, recently rolled out a new robo-advising platform aimed at enticing first-time investors to invest through Wells Fargo-packaged investment offerings. The unveiling of the automated advisory platform marks the latest in a concerted effort by large-scale financial institutions to capitalize on tech-savvy consumers and meet the changing demands of a digital marketplace. … Continue reading Wells Fargo Offers New Robo-Advising Platform
Nobody wants to lose out on an investment, but did you know that stock loss – also known as capital loss – can actually be leveraged into savings on future investments through tax deductions? While it may sound strange, converting stock loss into savings is actually a widely used strategy for many seasoned investors. … Continue reading (Capital) Loss Can Be Your Gain: Leverage Your Stock Loss into Tax Deductions!
A recent report shows that senior citizens have become one of the largest demographic groups target by financial scams and investment fraud. In the past, we’ve offered tips for preventing elder financial abuse, but it seems that the problem is much more aggressive than just making sure that you take steps to protect your investments. … Continue reading Fraud Watch: Beware of Senior Financial Scams