With Biden, could we be headed toward tougher standards for financial advisers?

Biden's platform touches on toughening rules that make financial advisers legally obligated to put clients' interests first.
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Retail broker TD Ameritrade buys Scottrade in $4 billion deal

Oct 24, 2016
Retail broker TD Ameritrade has announced it’s buying competitor Scottrade in a $4 billion deal, hoping to shore up the low-cost stock trading industry as it deals with declining revenue and growth. Online brokerages helped popularize trading for the masses in the 90s, but now they’re under pressure as investors move to more passive investing […]
A view of signage outside of a TD Bank location in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. TD Ameritrade announced on Monday, October 24, 2016, that it would acquire Scottrade Financial Services for $4 billion. 
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How a new rule could affect your retirement savings

Oct 6, 2016
To lure more investors, BlackRock is cutting ETF fees.
BlackRock's iShares are expected to rise in popularity.
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New Proposed Rules for Retirement Investments

Apr 15, 2015
Federal regulators are proposing new rules to protect retirement savings. As part of Obama’s stated plan to bolster the middle class, the Labor Department proposed changes to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The rules are designed to protect retirees from investment brokers who put their own financial interests above their clients and eliminate conflicts […]

People aren't walking into banks anymore

Mar 27, 2015
If you see a vacant building for lease in the neighborhood, chances are there was a bank there at one point. We’re seeing it at financial institutions big and small — from Citigroup, now operating in fewer cities, to FirstMerit, which is closing 16 branches in four states.  Between direct deposits and ATMs, walking into […]

The magic and misery of compounding

Feb 23, 2015
Dodgy investments can cut the amount retirees earn through compounding.

Why you should be wary of your financial adviser

Aug 12, 2014
Brokers don't always act in clients' best interest.

For public good, not for profit.