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As you have most likely heard, late last week, Equifax – one of the ‘Big Three’ credit bureaus in the United States – admitted that its own lax security practices had allowed hackers to steal the personal identities of 143 million U.S. citizens. Data potentially accessed by hackers from mid-May to July include names, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and personal documents.

How bad is this breach? Look to your left or right. See that person setting next to you? It’s likely that one of the two of you have had your id stolen in this hack. To compound the issue, Equifax didn’t notify the public for more than a month after it detected the breach. In response, Equifax is offering a year of free credit monitoring and identity theft insurance that you can sign up for at equifaxsecurity2017.com.

To protect yourself, one option is to set up a fraud alert, which is free, by calling one of the three credit bureaus: Equifax, TransUnion...

Third Quarter Recap at Trust Company of America

Trust Company of America closed the books on the third quarter, adding 28 new RIAs with $750 million in AUM through the first nine months of the year. New clients signed on with TCA to take advantage of the mobility and operational efficiencies of our RIA platform, Liberty.

The growth was...

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IRA Excesses & Recharacterizations: What You Need to Know

With the deadline for correcting ineligible IRA contributions fast approaching, it’s important to know how the IRS determines what contributions are ineligible and what you can do to help your clients comply. 

Excesses and recharacterizations...

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Tech Triangle: Managing the Relationship between Advisor, Rep and Client

 

For RIAs who are growing their practice by selling through Investment Advisory Representatives, technology plays a critical...

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AUM Isn’t Everything

A recent column in Financial Advisor touched on a misconception that is pervasive in the financial advisory industry: the tendency “to equate assets under management with the quality of...

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