Considering using Brand Advocates to market professional financial services

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This excerpt comes from Zuberance: “Brand Advocates are people who frequently recommend brands and products without being paid. Brand Advocates are a company’s most engaged, loyal, and valuable customers. Size: About one in four adults in the U.S. – about 60 million people – are Brand Advocates. Influence: Advocates are about 3X more trusted and influential than […]

Only 1% of financial advisers completely embrace fee-only service

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PriceMetrix research consultants report that only 1% of financial advisers have completely converted to fee-based services. 99% cling to the older commission-based approach despite overwhelming evidence that clients are surging to fee-based approach. I am quite surprised by this study; other indicators led me to believe that as much as 5% of financial advisers, especially […]

Comments on “Know Who to Trust” editorial about financial advisers

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Today I had an email exchange with a CPA who commented on the editorial I recently posted in CBSPhilly on the issue of establishing a basis of trust with a financial adviser. Sometimes these little bits of encouragement make all the difference so I compiled and re-posted the email conversation here as an ego reward […]

Repeal of estate taxes in 2013?

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This excerpt comes from an email from Jeff Reed at KestlerFinancial about the possibility of a capital gain tax replacing the estate tax. My gut reaction is to respond with an argument on the impact of these taxes on social policy but that clearly misses the point of the discussion. He is absolutely correct in […]

The value of financial planning

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New study reveals significant differences between “planners” and “non-planners” This except that I’ve annotated below comes from “Accounting Today” July 23, 2012 article titled “Families with Financial Plans Manage Money Better” includes some powerful data in support of the value of financial planning across all income levels: Families who have prepared a personal financial plan report more […]

notes / updates on 412(i) pension plans

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Following is an unformatted dump of research notes. For a few complete articles see IRS code:  links to applicable Revenue Rulings 1_412e3 – Beyond the Basics.ppt downloaded MassMutual powerpoint presentation Requirements for “Separate Agreements” for §412(i) Pension Plans This article discusses the information that must be included in the “separate agreements” […]

Medicare premiums are tax-deductible

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Medicare premiums are officially tax-deductible. Portions are highlighted for implication in tax planning. (The grammatical error in the final paragraph is reproduced as found). This excerpt comes from Journal of Accountancy: “Explaining a recent reversal of a long-held IRS stance, the Office of Chief Counsel advised IRS attorneys on Friday that self-employed individuals may deduct […]

Average salary of non-public CPAs and billing rate of public practice CPAs

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Two surprising statistics from “Accounting Today”: – Average salary of a managerial CPA in private industry was $139,338 in 2011. – The average billing rate for a small business CPA is $165 per hour. Apparently this includes everyone from entry level associates to partners. I suspect that both figures would be lower in South Jersey and higher in […]

MassMutual sets the pace for retirement plan services

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Congratulations to my brother, John Novak, who has been a leader at MassMutual Retirement Services for many years. Since long before we were born, MassMutual has been one of the top financial companies to consider for a wide range of business and personal financial services. Apparently even more people are realizing this over the past two years as so […]

A review of Section 529 Qualified Tuition Plans for 2012

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I was rusty on Section 529 Qualified Tuition Plans so these research notes were gathered to help answer questions. Most of what I know was written more than 10 years ago prior to the much publicized 2010 review of these plans by the Department of Treasury. The IRS Web site addresses most questions. A few […]