Here are summaries of three important news stories affecting your money and finances…
1. Investment brokers fight rule to favor best interests of clients
Did you know that brokers are not necessarily required to act in your best interest – even if it’s your retirement savings at stake?
The investment industry – from large Wall Street firms to small independent advisors – is spending millions of dollars to fight a rule that would require a broader group of brokers and planners to put their clients’ interests ahead of their own.
The Labor Department said it would release the proposed rule in January, but has already indicated it may miss that deadline. That’s not the first delay on this, though. The rule was originally introduced in 2010 and was rescinded the following year after brokers and lawmakers protested. Wow!
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Investors earn returns over time that are far lower than those quoted by mutual fund firms. In fact, it’s not even a close race.”
This is the conclusion of DALBAR, Inc., the well-respected independent investment research firm.1
For the past 20 years, “the average equity investor barely managed to eke out an annualized return that outpaced inflation.” The average return was 3.49% per year – just slightly more than the inflation rate for that period!
Asset allocation and fixed income investors weren’t so lucky (if you can call that “luck”); they lost ground after adjusting for inflation.
Why most investors don’t come close to getting the returns touted in mutual fund prospectuses…
There are plenty of reasons for this. For starters…
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