Advisory & Consulting

Regulatory Agenda

DOL Sets 2015 Regulatory Agenda

October 9, 2014

Each year, the Department of Labor (DOL) sets an agenda for the year ahead. 2015 looks to be a busy year. On the list The DOL will unveil the following regulatory initiatives in January: Fiduciary investment advice. This long-delayed proposal would amend the DOL’s rules to expand the scope of advisory activities deemed to be…

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Spotting the Warning Signs that a Customer Isn’t Planning to Pay

August 7, 2014

Of all the responsibilities that a business owner must deal with, perhaps the most unpleasant is collecting from your clients and customers, who, for whatever reason, are delinquent in payment for the services or goods they purchased. This is critical to your business, especially when substantial amounts of money are involved.   Try to identify…

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How Family-owned Businesses Can Benefit from an Advisory Board

June 19, 2014

All businesses can benefit from outside advice. It can be especially valuable to family-owned businesses, which tend to be more insular. In many cases, management is made up of family members who’ve worked in the business for decades. In addition, family dynamics can create conflicts that are difficult to resolve when all of the players…

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Will Your Employees Have Enough to Retire?

May 12, 2014

A 2013 Natixis Global Asset Management survey confirms that American investors are confident about their financial prospects. However, they may be underestimating their retirement income needs. What can plan sponsors do to help their employees? Let’s take a look at the survey numbers and then review some action steps. Survey Says According to the survey,…

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Six Ways to Survive An IRS Audit

March 18, 2014

The chances that an IRS agent will come calling with news that your tax return was selected for an audit are mercifully low. Overall, about 1% of individual tax returns are audited each year, according to the 2012 Internal Revenue Service Data Book. Of those, about three-quarters are correspondence audits that are handled by exchanging…

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