Weekend Studying For Monetary Planners (Dec 3-4) 2022

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Benefit from the present installment of “Weekend Studying For Monetary Planners” – this week’s version kicks off with a analysis examine suggesting that the market volatility skilled in 2022 may enhance demand for monetary planning providers. This elevated demand could possibly be significantly acute amongst youthful buyers (who is likely to be experiencing an inflationary setting and sustained market downturn for the primary time) and people nearing retirement (who may search skilled steerage to make sure their retirement plan is safe).

Additionally in business information this week:

  • Why a former SEC official expects the regulator to come back out swinging in relation to imposing its new advertising rule
  • Why wrap payment packages look like within the crosshairs because the SEC begins to implement Reg BI

From there, now we have a number of articles on follow administration:

  • The three important expertise agency house owners must construct the fitting staff, together with why you will need to all the time be looking out for potential staff
  • Why you will need to determine the precise talent units of agency staff and make sure that they’re in sync with the necessities of their place
  • Why an incentive compensation program will be superior to a broad-based cost-of-living adjustment for each corporations and their staff through the present inflationary interval

We even have quite a lot of articles on investments:

  • How launching an ETF can create efficiencies for advisors and their purchasers alike
  • A breakdown of the potential prices and advantages for advisors contemplating launching their very own ETF
  • Why some RIAs are changing their SMA methods into ETFs

We wrap up with three ultimate articles, all about time administration:

  • say ‘no’ to taking up further work with out burning any bridges
  • Why outsourcing or automating sure duties can mean you can give attention to what’s most necessary
  • set acceptable boundaries through the vacation season and past

Benefit from the ‘mild’ studying!

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Writer: Adam Van Deusen

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Adam is an Affiliate Monetary Planning Nerd at Kitces.com. He beforehand labored at a monetary planning agency in Bethesda, Maryland, and as a journalist overlaying the banking and insurance coverage industries. Exterior of labor, he serves as a volunteer monetary planner and sophistication teacher for non-profits within the Northern Virginia space. He has an MA from Johns Hopkins College and a BA from the College of Virginia. He will be reached at [email protected]

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(Michael Taffe | Monetary Advisor IQ)

2022 has been a difficult yr for a lot of monetary advisory corporations, as weak inventory and bond market efficiency has trickled all the way down to shopper portfolios and agency income (at the least for these corporations charging on an assets-under-management foundation). On the similar time, the market volatility, mixed with inflation reaching ranges not seen in many years, has alarmed many shoppers, main some to hunt out a monetary advisor and creating natural development alternatives for corporations.

In response to analysis and consulting agency Cerulli Associates, the mix of excessive inflation and vital market volatility will drive elevated demand for monetary planning providers, with present financial circumstances most affecting shoppers on the decrease finish of the wealth spectrum and people nearing retirement. The previous group may search skilled recommendation to assist them steadiness their spending and saving objectives through the present inflationary circumstances, and those that are aspiring first-time homebuyers may search planning help given the present double-whammy of elevated house costs and rising rates of interest. For these nearing retirement, the current inflation and market volatility might need many people rethinking their asset allocation and retirement plans. For these people, advisors who leverage advanced retirement income planning techniques could possibly be significantly enticing.

In the long run, whereas financial and market circumstances this yr haven’t been sort to many advisors and shoppers alike, the present setting may develop the pool of potential purchasers for advisors seeking to develop their corporations. And whether or not it’s by considering a new marketing strategy, bringing on new talent, or creating a targeted value proposition, corporations have a number of methods to benefit from this potential inflow of prospects!

(Patrick Donachie | Wealth Administration)

Virtually two years after it was first introduced, enforcement of the SEC’s new marketing rule started on November 4. The brand new advertising rule presents RIAs with the chance to tremendously develop their advertising efforts with new choices, from client testimonials to promoting the reviews they’ve received on third-party websites, to offer potential purchasers with proof of the standard of their service. However now that the November 4th enforcement date has handed, the SEC will start to have a look at what RIAs are literally doing to make sure that advisors keep inside the bounds of the brand new regulation.

And based on C. Dabney O’Riordan, the previous head of the SEC’s Asset Administration Unit (now working within the Securities Enforcement Protection Apply on the legislation agency Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan), the SEC will need to ship a message in relation to enforcement and that corporations shouldn’t count on a gradual run-up to pursuing violations, significantly given the period of time corporations needed to put together for the brand new rule. She means that business members contemplate all the things within the new advertising rule as truthful recreation for examiners and enforcers, together with the supervision of digital communications in addition to books and data obligations.

Altogether, whereas the brand new advertising rule presents corporations with a useful alternative to develop their use of shopper testimonials, historic efficiency knowledge, and extra as a part of their advertising efforts, it’s also necessary for corporations to overview their inner insurance policies and procedures to make sure that any advertising campaigns adjust to the brand new rules (and that each one staff are conscious of those obligations as nicely!) to keep away from a doubtlessly nasty shock throughout their subsequent examination!

(Tracey Longo | Monetary Advisor)

The SEC’s Regulation Best Interest, issued in June 2019, requires brokers to act in their clients’ best interests when making an investment recommendation, by meeting four core obligations: disclosure, care, conflicts of interest, and compliance. Whereas this represented the next benchmark than the previous “suitability” standard imposed by FINRA on its members, it fell short of a full fiduciary obligation (creating a spot between the obligations to clients of broker-dealer representatives and the purchasers of advisers at RIAs). Although since Reg BI was issued, business observers have been ready for the SEC to truly start to deliver enforcement actions underneath the regulation, to see whether or not and the way the SEC will actually push broker-dealers and their representatives to dwell as much as its greater necessities.

In June, two years after Reg BI was issued, the SEC brought its first enforcement action under the rule, although it was associated to the sale of unrated illiquid debt securities generally known as L Bonds (which for a lot of clients who purchased, in all probability would have been unsuitable even underneath the prior years), leaving the query open of how critically the SEC actually intends to implement Reg BI. Within the meantime, buyers have begun to take issues into their very own fingers as nicely, filing a significant number of Reg BI-related arbitration cases with broker-dealer regulator FINRA. Although some observers assume the variety of SEC enforcement actions (and arbitration circumstances) is more likely to enhance going ahead, significantly as shoppers query their brokers’ actions through the present down market, and with the SEC releasing bulletins in March and August providing extra detailed steerage on the areas they’re specializing in and the place they’ve seen deficiencies.

Particularly, registered representatives who’re dual-hatted as FINRA-registered representatives and SEC-registered funding advisers could possibly be within the crosshairs, because the SEC can be bringing circumstances in opposition to funding advisers underneath the fiduciary customary, with wrap fee programs at their affiliated broker-dealers coming underneath explicit scrutiny. In settling charges with a number of corporations this yr, the SEC argued that the corporations violated their fiduciary obligation by overcharging purchasers who sat idle in wrap payment packages designed for extra frequent merchants, and didn’t present satisfactory or promised advisor annual opinions and consultations (so-called “reverse churning”).

In the long run, regulation is simply efficient whether it is enforced, and the query stays about whether or not and the way the SEC will actually implement Reg BI in a extra stringent method – on condition that to date, its enforcement efforts have primarily targeted on areas that may have already been violations of the previous suitability rule, or have been prosecuted underneath the already-more-stringent RIA fiduciary requirements. Nonetheless, rising regulatory actions this yr – coupled with the rising strain of buyers taking it upon themselves to file extra arbitration circumstances – means that broker-dealers and their registered representatives can count on higher consideration and scrutiny in relation to performing of their purchasers’ finest pursuits.

(Gerry Herbison | Journal Of Monetary Planning)

Given the large affect hiring has on the success of an advisory agency, having an effective talent acquisition process (whether or not it’s for an associate advisor, client service associate, or different positions) is important to not solely discover efficient people, but in addition to keep up the agency’s tradition and shopper service requirements. And with the present tight marketplace for advisor expertise, many corporations are approaching hiring as an ongoing course of moderately than an advert hoc exercise.

In response to Herbison, the primary key to efficient hiring is to all the time be looking out for potential staff. Whether or not it’s on social media, at industry conferences, or throughout different networking alternatives, agency house owners who’re capable of determine proficient people who may additionally be a character match for the agency can get forward of the hiring recreation (moderately than ranging from scratch once they need to make a brand new rent). As well as, it is necessary for corporations to assume forward for the subsequent two or three positions they may need to fill. As a result of it may take as much as 18 months for a brand new worker to be employed and introduced in control, bringing in a high quality particular person earlier than the agency ‘actually’ wants them will be an efficient follow.

Subsequent, it is necessary for agency house owners to hone their administration expertise (or to add effective ‘people managers’ to the team). This implies guaranteeing staff have what they want (e.g., know-how) to achieve success, speaking expectations and suggestions in a transparent means, and being accessible to staff (if they’ve a query or need assistance).

Lastly, corporations which might be efficient in hiring use compensation as motivation. Notably, compensation goes nicely past wage to incorporate day without work, schedule flexibility, location flexibility, skilled growth stipends, and other perks and benefits that can help attract and retain talent. And since completely different staff are more likely to have completely different preferences, providing versatile advantages may also help guarantee staff members are compensated in the best way they like (though this is likely to be simpler for smaller corporations to implement).

In the end, the important thing level is that within the competitors for advisor expertise, the corporations which might be most proactive are more likely to be these which might be most profitable in hiring. From all the time being looking out for brand new staff, to sharpening administration expertise and upping their compensation recreation, agency house owners have a number of methods to make it extra possible that they may discover the workers they want, once they want them!

(Caleb Brown | ThinkAdvisor)

Managing The Professional Services Firm Book CoverMany monetary advisory corporations begin out with a single advisor-owner taking up the total vary of monetary planning, enterprise growth, and operational duties (and lots of keep that means!). And as a agency grows, the owner often brings on additional talent to take on the increasing number of tasks that need to be completed. On the similar time, it is necessary to match up employees with the roles that most closely match their skills and interests to maintain them working at their highest degree (and to maintain them with the agency).

One option to classify people in a agency is by separating “Finders, Minders, and Grinders”, a categorization coined by David Maister in his e-book Managing The Professional Service Firm. In an advisory agency, Finders are those that focus on enterprise growth and luxuriate in assembly new individuals. Subsequent, Minders are those that get pleasure from constructing relationships with purchasers and guaranteeing their wants are being taken care of. Lastly, Grinders are these in backstage roles inside the agency who’re chargeable for finishing the behind-the-scenes work for the Minder to successfully handle the connection.

Given the completely different strengths of every of those teams, you will need to acknowledge when an worker is likely to be within the fallacious ‘seat’ for his or her given expertise; for instance, whereas a Minder enjoys speaking with purchasers, they won’t excel in a enterprise growth position that requires chilly introductions to potential purchasers. As well as, agency house owners will need to contemplate whether or not an worker’s duties reduce throughout a number of classifications. As an example, a Grinder who’s chargeable for processing shopper paperwork may not get pleasure from additionally being the one who communicates with the shopper when adjustments are wanted.

In the end, the important thing level is that it is necessary for agency house owners to be aware of their staff’ strengths and whether or not they match their present positions. As well as, when bringing on new expertise, evaluating the candidate’s strengths (recognized by personality tests or different means) with the necessities of the position being crammed may also help guarantee they may excel of their new place!

(Eliza De Pardo | RIABiz)

This yr has seen inflation attain ranges not seen for a number of many years, pinching the budgets of shoppers. And given the present tight labor market, many firms have responded by rising staff’ base salaries to make sure they’ll preserve their way of life within the inflationary setting (and maybe discourage them from looking for a pay elevate at one other firm).

However in relation to monetary advisory corporations, specifically, De Pardo cautions in opposition to sustaining (or implementing) an annual Value Of Dwelling Adjustment (COLA) to base pay. First off, adjusting base pay to inflation creates a ‘everlasting’ enhance within the agency’s fastened prices, as worker salaries will proceed to be adjusted upward for inflation (and whereas this was much less painful throughout years of two{a0f51d8c63a3e5879ae2d911050b59f269de9b05d06b7fc9f433ceba6fe5c3b7} inflation, continued elevated inflation may make COLA-related bills could possibly be an anchor on corporations’ backside traces). As well as, rising worker pay with a firm-wide COLA doesn’t incentivize efficiency or reward the strongest staff. If a agency does need to implement a COLA, De Pardo recommends doing so on a one-off foundation (moderately than creating an ongoing expectation); this could possibly be an efficient tactic for corporations with staff who’ve seen their rents or different fastened bills soar nicely past the broader inflation price this yr.

As a substitute of an ongoing COLA, De Pardo recommends that corporations both convert to, or develop, a system of incentive pay to draw and retain expertise. Step one is to speak the dimensions of the motivation alternative at first of the efficiency interval (maybe one thing for corporations to think about earlier than the tip of the calendar yr!). Notably, inside the incentive construction, it is necessary for efficiency goals to be related to every position (in order that staff can straight affect the outcome and observe and measure their progress all year long). And so, through the use of incentive pay, corporations can reward their best staff whereas managing the general price of their compensation plan.

Altogether, at a time when inflation is eroding the buying energy of staff (and when the marketplace for advisor expertise is tight), providing appropriate compensation is significant for corporations to draw and retain staff members. And whereas some is likely to be tempted to implement (or proceed) a broad-based COLA, utilizing an incentive compensation plan can present the agency with extra flexibility and be a more practical option to align agency and worker pursuits!

(Cinthia Murphy | ETF Suppose Tank)

The Change-Traded Fund (ETF) market has exploded in recent times, with whole ETF property rising from $1.3 trillion in 2012 to about $6.1 trillion as we speak (and the variety of listed ETFs has elevated as nicely, from 935 internet creations in 2021 alone). That is due partially to a number of benefits in comparison with the mutual fund construction, together with (typically) decrease prices, elevated portfolio transparency, intraday liquidity (although some may argue this can be a draw back for these tempted to commerce actively!), and tax effectivity (which is especially noticeable this time of yr, as capital beneficial properties distributions are a lot much less frequent amongst ETFs than mutual funds).

Whereas ETFs have a number of potential benefits over mutual funds for shoppers and advisory agency purchasers, there are a number of advantages for advisors to being an ETF supplier as nicely. First, advisors working bespoke funding methods can run them by a single funding product (or a number of, in the event that they need to separate completely different methods) moderately than adjusting shopper accounts on a person foundation, doubtlessly saving vital time. As well as, creating an ETF can permit advisors to entry audiences past their present purchasers (as any investor should purchase an ETF), and, given the sometimes low worth of a single ETF share, to buyers who may not meet the agency’s asset administration minimums. Launching an ETF can be a big branding and advertising alternative for the advisory agency by linking the ETF to the opposite providers it gives.

In the long run, ETFs have been a massive disruptor to the asset management industry, taking vital market share from actively managed mutual funds. They not solely current a tax-savings alternative for shoppers, however a possible means for advisors to extend their effectivity and generate extra income!

(Pat Cleary | Alpha Architect)

Monetary advisors have a variety of choices in relation to investing their purchasers’ property, from buying particular person securities to leveraging professionally managed mutual funds and, more and more, utilizing ETFs. And whereas some advisors are glad with the choices accessible within the fund market, others pursue personalized methods that may’t be met with off-the-shelf merchandise. And whereas many advisors have turned to instruments like Individually Managed Accounts (SMAs) and direct indexing, declining prices (with the breakeven level for working an ETF falling from $100 million of property underneath administration nearer to $25 million) have opened up a further alternative to extra advisors: beginning their very own ETF.

Creating and working an ETF can have a number of benefits for an advisor and their purchasers. As an example, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated the deductibility of investment advisory fees, however a few of this tax profit will be regained by utilizing an advisor’s ETF, because the administration charges in an ETF will be netted in opposition to dividends, curiosity, and earnings, implicitly making them tax-deductible. As well as, corporations can achieve operational efficiencies by managing the property inside a single ETF, moderately than a broad vary of separate shopper accounts utilizing the identical technique. Additional, onboarding purchasers can turn out to be a lot simpler, as their property will be invested within the advisor’s ETF moderately than going by the extra time-consuming course of of making and investing an SMA.

On the similar time, creating an ETF comes with prices as nicely. These embody the prices to begin (typically $50,000) and function the fund, the complexity of transferring present shopper property into the ETF, in addition to extra compliance concerns (e.g., as a result of the advisor is creating an affiliated fund battle of curiosity, they might want to replace their disclosures and implement programs to handle and doc that investing shopper property within the affiliated fund is within the purchasers’ finest curiosity). Additional, the transparency of ETFs can expose the advisor’s mental property (within the case of distinctive methods), or, alternatively, reveal a weak worth proposition (if the funding technique is just not as refined as purchasers might need assumed).

Altogether, an advisor’s choice of whether or not to create an ETF hinges on a wide range of elements, together with their purchasers’ property (by way of each their amount and traits) that shall be transferred into the fund in addition to weighing the money and time prices of beginning and managing the fund with the potential advantages in each of those areas. However given the declining financial prices of doing so, and a rising variety of white label suppliers (together with Alpha Architect, ETF Architect, and others) to deal with most of the operational features of working the fund, creating an ETF may turn out to be an more and more well-liked technique for RIAs within the years forward!

(Sam Bojarski | CityWire RIA)

For years, Individually Managed Accounts (SMAs) have been well-liked instruments for RIAs and their (significantly high-net-worth) purchasers. With SMAs, purchasers profit from personalized portfolio suggestions from their advisors whereas gaining tax efficiencies in comparison with mutual funds (e.g., by with the ability to tax-loss harvest positions inside the account), and advisors obtain a payment in return. However with the rising recognition of ETFs, some RIAs have transformed their SMA methods into an ETF.

SMAs will be transformed to an ETF utilizing a “351 transfer”, a part of the tax code that enables tax-free property transfers in change for shares. Importantly, for the 351 switch to happen, the portfolio should be adequately diversified: not more than 25{a0f51d8c63a3e5879ae2d911050b59f269de9b05d06b7fc9f433ceba6fe5c3b7} of the portfolio will be invested in a single securities issuer, and not more than 50{a0f51d8c63a3e5879ae2d911050b59f269de9b05d06b7fc9f433ceba6fe5c3b7} will be invested in 5 or fewer securities.

Notably, creating an ETF and transferring shopper property requires a big quantity of labor and cash (typically $200,000 per yr in operational prices), so advisors will need to contemplate whether or not the quantity of funds managed by the brand new ETF (and its related expense ratio) will make up for the prices. To assist ease the time burden, advisors contemplating creating an ETF can select to work with a white labeling service, which handles most of the operational features of launching and working an ETF. However advisors should endure a prolonged back-and-forth with the present custodian, ETF custodian, and white labeling service, as repapering purchasers is important, together with speaking price foundation and different data.

Regardless of the prices, changing an SMA technique into an ETF can have advantages for each advisors (who typically discover the ETF simpler to make use of versus particular person SMAs) and for his or her present and potential purchasers (who can profit from lowered bills in comparison with an SMA in addition to a decrease minimal funding). In the long run, it’s as much as every advisor to find out whether or not the advantages of the ETF wrapper are higher than the prices of changing SMA property (in addition to compared to alternate methods like direct indexing!).

(Melody Wilding | Harvard Enterprise Evaluation)

When beginning a brand new job or place, an worker is often offered with a listing of job tasks. On the similar time, most staff in some unspecified time in the future find yourself having to tackle duties that fall exterior the scope of their listed job description. And whereas a few of these duties can typically additional your skilled growth and standing inside the agency, it’s also necessary to acknowledge when it’s best to say ‘no’ to such requests.

One scenario the place it’s best to say no ‘further’ work is when your main job tasks will endure, which can’t solely negatively have an effect on the work you do for the corporate, but in addition your efficiency analysis down the road. In these circumstances, it might probably assist to let the requestor know that whilst you perceive their request, you can’t take it on since you would both be unable to place in high quality work on the additional mission or that by taking it on you’d be letting down teammates who depend on your work. Relatedly, when a request is unreasonable (e.g., there is no such thing as a means it may be accomplished within the time allotted), you’ll be able to both ask for extra time or sources, or maybe recommend one other worker or staff member who is likely to be higher suited to the duty.

And in circumstances the place you do determine to tackle the additional work, creating boundaries is necessary. For instance, the duty ought to include a transparent ‘exit technique’ to forestall it from changing into an open-ended dedication. As well as, taking up a brand new mission could possibly be a great alternative to open a dialog concerning elevated compensation to replicate your extra tasks.

In the end, the important thing level is that there’s a cautious steadiness to keep up between being a ‘staff participant’ and taking up an excessive amount of work, which might result in burnout and an total decline in output. And for managers, you will need to acknowledge when you’re making an ‘ask’ of an worker past their customary tasks and whether or not it’s really within the agency’s finest curiosity for them to tackle this new job!

(Ryan Vacation | Medium)

Fashionable life can typically really feel overwhelming when contemplating the vary of issues one has to do in a day, from work to household life to (hopefully) having time for hobbies and pursuits. Typically, it might probably really feel satisfying to test all the things off of your to-do listing (shout-out to my fellow Myers Briggs Js!) realizing that you just dealt with all the things your self. And whereas finishing duties your self (whether or not they’re work tasks or private chores) can guarantee issues get achieved in the best way you favor, it might probably additionally scale back the period of time you’ve got for extra enjoyable actions, or simply enjoyable.

One option to create extra time in your day is to outsource sure duties. At house, this may imply hiring cleaners, landscapers, or a meal supply service to scale back the period of time you must spend on these actions exterior of labor. And in relation to the work of monetary recommendation, there are a variety of the way to get exterior assist, from outsourcing investment management and lead generation to hiring a new employee to take some of the work burden off of your shoulders. As well as, you’ll be able to contemplate methods to automate duties, whether or not private (e.g., automated invoice pay) or skilled (seeking out integrations inside your tech stack).

In the end, the important thing level is that whereas self-sufficiency is usually seen as a advantage, by placing the world in your shoulders you is likely to be lacking out on alternatives to tackle extra necessary tasks, or to only loosen up. And on condition that Kitces Analysis reveals that advisors with the highest quality of life tend to be those that work fewer hours and take more vacations, outsourcing sure duties (though perhaps not everything) and leveraging automation can’t solely enable you be extra productive, however happier as nicely!

(Pleasure Lere | Discovering Pleasure)

The vacation season generally is a time of nice pleasure, but in addition of nice stress as nicely. Between end-of-year work deadlines, vacation gatherings, and household obligations, there’s loads occurring. Due to this, it may be a great time to consider the wide range of boundaries in your life to make sure that you make it by the vacation season pleased and on observe for a good higher yr in 2023.

When individuals contemplate their boundaries, they typically take into consideration their relationships with others. This time of yr, it may be straightforward to really feel obligated to see each relative or say sure to each vacation occasion invitation you obtain. And regardless that saying ‘no’ is likely to be your best option (to keep away from burnout), doing so can typically be difficult as a result of we’re afraid of how the opposite particular person may really feel. However Lere means that we frequently overestimate how a lot one thing issues to another person and that people can construct a way of management over their lives (and higher boundaries) by saying ‘no’ extra typically.

Along with setting boundaries with others, it’s also necessary to set boundaries with your self. As an example, typically we give into temptation and do one thing that feels good within the second however that we all know we’ll remorse down the road. One option to fight that is through the use of the “6×10 Query” which asks you to think about how you’ll really feel a couple of given selection in 10 minutes, 10 hours, 10 days, 10 weeks, 10 months, and 10 years. By slowing down and contemplating the long-term ramifications of a choice, you is likely to be extra more likely to make choices that your future self will admire.

Different boundaries to doubtlessly contemplate, relying in your scenario, embody these with time and vitality (e.g., learn how to steadiness vacation occasions with common work and household obligations), cash (e.g., creating a present price range), meals and alcohol (Lere suggests making an attempt to “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” moderately than “Eat and Drink to Be Merry”), relationships (you don’t have to debate your relationship standing together with your Aunt), and parenting (no must act on each unsolicited piece of recommendation that comes your means).

In the long run, boundaries can’t solely enable you make higher choices, but in addition enhance your psychological well being as nicely. And so, now is likely to be a great time to reevaluate your boundaries (and maybe assist purchasers do as nicely) that can assist you really feel extra empowered through the vacation season and past!

We hope you loved the studying! Please depart a remark under to share your ideas, or make a suggestion of any articles you assume we should always spotlight in a future column!

Within the meantime, for those who’re excited by extra information and knowledge concerning advisor know-how, we would extremely advocate trying out Craig Iskowitz’s “Wealth Management Today” blog, in addition to Gavin Spitzner’s “Wealth Management Weekly” blog.

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