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Speeding Toward Brexit, Some Off-Ramps Emerge: A Dialogue with Lord Kerr

The Brexit clock is ticking as the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (EU) is set to take place in March 2019. But is the UK ready to leave? And is there still a chance it won’t? We hear from Sandy Nairn, Templeton Global Equity Group chairman and Edinburgh Partners CEO, and Lord Kerr, former diplomat and current chairman of Scottish Power and crossbench member of the House of Lords.

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Can You Retire Your Retirement Risk?

Many (if not most) people think about retirement in terms of saving for the day they leave the workforce and won’t be collecting a paycheck any longer. The prospect of outliving one’s savings is therefore a top source of stress, along with being able to pay escalating health care costs. Perhaps more individuals should plot a strategy to generate income in retirement, says Michael Doshier, vice president, retirement marketing at Franklin Templeton Investments. And no, he doesn’t mean spending your senior years flipping burgers or bagging groceries.

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Retirement…Disrupted: Is the US Facing a Crisis?

On our latest “Talking Markets” podcast, we listen in on a panel of experts discussing the potential US retirement crisis and the fear factors surrounding retirement disruption. Drew Carrington, head of Defined Contribution at Franklin Templeton Investments is joined by Lori Lucas, president and CEO at the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), Ed Murphy, CEO and president, Empowers Retirement Business and Lew Minsky, president and CEO at Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association.

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Social Security: It’s Healthier Than You Might Think!

Each year, Social Security’s Trustees report to Congress on the financial status of the program. This typically generates a number of anxiety-provoking media headlines about if/when it will run out of money. Gail Buckner, CFP, our personal retirement and financial planning strategist, takes a look at the facts. She says Social Security is actually in pretty good shape overall.

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In the Know: A Q&A on the Latest DOL Fiduciary Rule & SEC Proposal Developments

To say activity in Washington is being closely followed would be an understatement, with the consensus view that the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule is all but officially vacated, and a recent proposal from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is in the middle of a 90-day comment period. Yaqub Ahmed, senior vice president and head of Defined Contribution – US at Franklin Templeton, leads a discussion on the latest developments with attorney Michael Hadley, partner with Davis and Harman LLP. They outline the SEC proposal and how it might impact financial advisors and their clients.

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Survey Highlights Women’s Retirement Insecurities

There has been heightened discussion recently about women’s inequality in many areas of society—including financial security. Gail Buckner, CFP, our personal retirement and financial planning strategist, explores the gender pay gap and how it has contributed to a poorer post-working life for many older women. She also explores a 2018 Franklin Templeton survey which revealed even younger women are generally feeling insecure about their financial futures.

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Tackling Student Debt and College Savings Plan Myths

The cost of a college education continues to rise, and along with it, student debt. Franklin Templeton's Roger Michaud and Mike O’Brien look at how mounting student debt could have a long-term impact on one’s future. They explore one solution to help finance education—a 529 Savings Plan—along with some myths and misconceptions about these plans.

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Health Savings Accounts: The Intersection of Retirement and Health Care

The increasing costs of health insurance borne by employees and employers alike has spawned a variety of plans and strategies to help manage the expenses. Among these are health savings accounts (HSAs), which first came onto the scene in 2003. HSAs allow individuals who are covered by high-deductible health plans to receive tax-preferred treatment of money they have saved for medical expenses. Kevin Murphy, national retirement plan strategist, explains the benefits of HSAs, and how they can even help build your retirement savings.

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Implications of DOL Fiduciary Rule Decisions and RESA Legislation

Some new developments in Washington and recent court rulings have implications for those saving and investing for retirement. Drew Carrington, head of Institutional Defined Contribution at Franklin Templeton Investments along with Michael Doshier, head of retirement marketing, examine the status of The Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA) and what it might mean for both plan sponsors and participants, and recap the latest court rulings impacting the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule.

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DOL Fiduciary Rule Still in Limbo After Latest Court Ruling

"Recent court activity appears to be creating more uncertainty around the future of the [DOL Fiduciary] rule than ever. Most financial institutions have adjusted business practices to mitigate litigation risk and moved to a model in which they are in compliance, so it would be far from simple to unravel what’s already been done.” - Dan O’Lear, Yaqub Ahmed, Drew Carrington and Michael Doshier

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Elderly Americans Now Have New Protections to Help Combat Financial Fraud

Elder abuse, including forms of financial fraud, is a widespread problem that many of us don’t give much thought about—until it happens to one of our loved ones, or even ourselves. Gail Buckner, CFP, our personal retirement and financial planning strategist, explores the subject of elder financial abuse and new protections that will soon be in place to help thwart it.

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US Tax Reform: This May Not Be the End

“As we have seen during prior tax reform efforts throughout US history, there are likely to be some impacts of this tax plan that legislators could not predict. And, there are likely to be some unintended consequences or even errors in the legislation that require correction. So, it would not surprise us to see a 'technical corrections' bill next year or beyond to clarify and fix certain issues.” - Pierre Caramazza and Michael Doshier