02 Oct 2018

Making 401(k)s More Attractive to Small Businesses and Workers

Since the first corporate pension plan was created in 1874 by the American Express Company, there has always been a blind spot in how small business owners offered retirement benefits to their employees. For over 70% of business owners, this decision to offer any form of retirement was simple: They

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30 Sep 2018

Does Politics Have a Valid Role in Financial Services Marketing?

Traditional marketing theory and business practices have long said that politics and religion should be avoided in daily business practices at all costs. But the new reality is that politics is ever present.  It is now part of social relationships, dating, religion and business. It now being injected into most

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26 Sep 2018

ESG Investing Gets a New Boost and a New App

Social investing, now called Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing, has been around since the 1970s, but it now has a new 21st Century incarnation that matches app technology, with focused environmental and social values. These are then combined into equity portfolios designed with maximum appeal to younger investors. Even

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17 Aug 2018

A Win-Win Situation: Linking Progressive Investors with Progressive Financial Advisors

As the Trump Administration continues to steamroll democratic institutions, accompanied by concerns about the income gap, wage stagnation and economic security continue, financial advisors have a choice: They can continue to provide clients with financial plans based on a no- or small-wage growth scenario, accompanied by admonitions to save more

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10 Aug 2018

More Fee Pressure on Advisors Raises Questions About the Value of Financial Advice

The recent decision by Fidelity Investment that it will not be charging any fees for certain index funds through its Fidelity Zero Total Market Index Fund for US stocks and the Fidelity Zero International Fund for stocks outside the U.S. raises some important questions for both advisors and investors. The main

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17 Jul 2018

How to Hire a Financial Writer

It sounds simple, but hiring a financial writer for a corporate job in the financial services industry is complex. The reason is that many corporate hiring managers don’t have a realistic idea of what a financial writer is supposed to do. Are they going to write speeches, quarterly market commentaries,

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14 Jun 2018

Mutualfundreform.com is now Theprogressiveinvestor.org

Since it was created in 2011, Mutualfundreform.com has sought to educate investors and future retirees about the ways to secure a more financially stable retirement.  Now, something is happening that can increase your odds of having a more financially stable retirement. That is the start of a progressive political caucus

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02 Jun 2017

Concerned About Jobs for the 21st Century? What About Retirement?

Robotics, automation, globalization, the Uber and gig economies have all captured the attention of anyone planning a career or their life over the future decades, but what is missing is the link between these new definitions of work and what happens when work ends. It would be logical to assume

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23 Jan 2017

Trump Moves to Repeal the Pro-Investor Fiduciary Standard

Despite its claims to be for “all Americans,” the Trump Administration is moving fast to repeal the historic pro-investor fiduciary ruling that let’s 401(k) investors know the fees, expenses and conflicts-of-interest their financial advisor and 401(k) providers are receiving when selling them mutual funds and annuities for their retirement accounts.

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02 Jan 2017

Fees, Revenue Sharing and Deregulation: How the New Trump Plan Will Raise Retirement Costs

The Republicans have never hid their distain for regulation and now with the surprise victory of Donald Trump and his arch conservative vice president, the simmering Republican distain for reversing all things from the 1930’s New Deal will are going to be reviewed and partially reversed . This will take

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