8 Investment & Wealth Management Firms Threaten CFP Board Over Fiduciary Rule

8 Investment & Wealth Management Firms Threaten CFP Board Over Fiduciary Rule

Eight investment management firms threatened to stop using the CFP designation if the CFP Board expanded it’s fiduciary rule. Despite the bullying, the CFP Board still voted to improve the consumer protections in their Standards of Professional Conduct.

7 Ways to Turn Your Tax Refund Into Thousands More

7 Ways to Turn Your Tax Refund Into Thousands More

 If you're excited about getting a tax refund, imagine how excited you would be if you could double ot triple the value of the refund. Here are a few smart ideas to use your tax refund for that will amplify the boost to your cash flow.

Plan to Hit Bigger Tax Deductions Next Year

Plan to Hit Bigger Tax Deductions Next Year

Financially savvy people know the best time to start on next year’s taxes is the beginning of this year. Your tax return is a historical document about what happened last year, so there is very little you can plan and change. Next year, however, hasn’t happened giving you control over the tax planning environment.

5th Circuit Agrees: Stock Brokers & Insurance Agents Just Salespeople

5th Circuit Agrees: Stock Brokers & Insurance Agents Just Salespeople

The Stock Brokerage and Insurance Industries are fighting hard against the Department of Labor's Fiduciary Rule, which would require their advisers to put their client's interests first and disclose conflicts of interest. The industries got the 5th Circuit Court to agree that, unlike Registered Investment Advisers, stock brokers and insurnce agent are just salespeople

The Dangers of 0% Balance Transfer Offers

The Dangers of 0% Balance Transfer Offers

A reader asked about using 0% balance transfers offers to manage their credit card debt. While these can be beneficial, they can also pose additional risks. Many people who use this strategy find themselves further behind than when they started. Here are some of the common pitfalls to avoid.

Why File Income Taxes Early If You Aren’t Getting a Refund

Why File Income Taxes Early If You Aren’t Getting a Refund

Waiting until April to do your taxes could cost you more than you think. Submitting your taxes early isn’t just for those expecting a big refund. Advantages of early filing include easier money management if you owe additional taxes, opportunities for greater deductions, and reducing the risk of identity theft and fraud.

Tax Reform: New 2018 Tax Tables, Deductions, & Exemptions

Tax Reform: New 2018 Tax Tables, Deductions, & Exemptions

After lots of argument and fighting, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been passed. Whether you like the tax reform bill or hate it, the reality is we have a new tax code for the foreseeable future. Here are key components of the new tax code which impact most taxpayers.

What the Broker Protocol Exits Mean for Investors

What the Broker Protocol Exits Mean for Investors

Investors may mistakenly think Morgan Stanley and UBS leaving the Broker Protocol agreement only impacts stock brokers and their employers. The SEC, however, identified the Broker Protocol as an important agreement for both customer choice and privacy.

Bad Advice: Use Insurance to Clean Up Halloween Pranks

Bad Advice: Use Insurance to Clean Up Halloween Pranks

The scariest thing I saw this Halloween was a series of articles giving the horrific advice to make an insurance claim for Halloween pranks. Following their advice will cost you much more than whatever money the insurance company pays out.

6 Steps to Take in Response to Equifax Security Breach

6 Steps to Take in Response to Equifax Security Breach

The most recent Equifax data breach has left the door wide open on personal security. Getting your credit report is just the first step in protecting your identity. To fully protect your identity, you'll need to go beyond the three big credit bureaus to protect yourself against banking fraud, tax fraud, Social Security fraud, and other criminal activities.

The Hidden Danger of Freezing Your Credit

The Hidden Danger of Freezing Your Credit

If you are wondering "should I freeze my credit?", give careful thought to the pros and cons of a credit freeze. Make sure you understand the hidden consequences of freezing your credit before making this decision.

New Poll Bearish on Stocks – Actually Bull$#!+

New Poll Bearish on Stocks – Actually Bull$#!+

A new Wells Fargo/Gallup poll is being used by some media outlets to suggest a stock market correction is coming. While no one knows when a bear market will start, one thing is for certain. It won't be a Wells Fargo poll which predicts it.

SEC Data Breach a Bigger Deal for Investors than Consumers

SEC Data Breach a Bigger Deal for Investors than Consumers

Consumers shouldn't worry about the most recent SEC security breach, as the information hackers got did not include private personal data. The hack does, however, point out a risk to investors and a special risk future government agency breaches could pose to consumers.

New Scam Taking Advantage of Fear Over Equifax Security Breach

New Scam Taking Advantage of Fear Over Equifax Security Breach

In the wake of the Equifax Data Breach, consumers are justifiably fearful of their financial security and how the stolen information could be used against them. This fear, however, is creating an opportunity for scammers to extract even more information from consumers, or to make new victims by stealing information from people who are not part of the original security breach.

How To Opt Out of Equifax's Arbitration Agreement

How To Opt Out of Equifax's Arbitration Agreement

Equifax's offer to provide one-year of free credit monitoring service comes with an arbitration clause which waives your legal right to sue Equifax. Here is how to opt-out of the arbitration clause and preserve your rights to sue Equifax or join a class-action lawsuit.

Equifax Response to Cyberattack is Lacking

Equifax Response to Cyberattack is Lacking

The Equifax response to the 2017 cyberattack is a good start but falls far short of what is needed for the company to live up to their responsibilities. Equifax's current offer to victims does not address the magnitude of the damage which was caused by the breach, and the true cost of Equifax's mistakes will be borne by consumers.