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SIX Financial Steps You Should Consider NOW

Hello Social Security & Retirement Students!  My apologies if you get this twice; I’m using several often overlapping lists in my database. [A heads up:  All but the Calendly link are YouTube videos on each topic.  If they don’t work you may have to Ctrl-click or copy and paste into another browser window] Would you …Read More


Top Three Influencers of Fiduciary Advice- not a myth

I’ve always believed a universal fiduciary standard should exist for anyone who gives advice to others that can affect- and ruin -lives, whether it’s journalists, bankers, stock brokers, teachers or wedding planners.  I don’t know why the fiduciary focus is strictly on finances.  If you hold yourself out as an expert, you’d better not be …Read More


Annuities and the F-WORD Belong in the Same Sentence.

I’ve had the good fortune to meet and work with Frank Maselli.  He is a brilliant, affable and hilarious adviser to advisers.  Below I’ve simply cut and pasted a great and timely article he just wrote for us advisers. Published on March 8, 2017 LikedUnlikeAnnuities & The F-Word! 25 Comment 6 ShareShare Annuities & The F-Word! …Read More


Trump’s delay of Fiduciary rules is a good thing.

Well, no, it isn’t. But it could be. To get up to speed, here’s a good summary of the rules: https://www.dol.gov/ProtectYourSavings/FactSheet.htm Yeah, that is a many thousands of words summary.  You should see the whole thing! In a nutshell, the Dept. of Labor’s new rules would have required anyone who gives advice about retirement plans …Read More


Interview with The Suit Magazine

1. Gary Duell, you are the Owner and Founder of Duell Wealth Preservation. What sparked your interest in this line of work and what were you doing professionally prior to this firm? What is the history of this firm?* I began my career as an agent for Farmers Insurance.  *After 15 years I was bored …Read More


Annuity Salespeople Are All Honest & Competent Because of Special Licensing

I don’t think I have to remind you that this post heading is a MYTH.  What’s astonishing with the case below is not so much the jaw-dropping audacity of the crook but the carelessness of his victims.  Here’s the story, according to an article by Marlene Y. Satter in ThinkAdvisor.  (See my Do’s & Don’ts …Read More


Annuity Salespeople Are All Honest & Competent Because of Special Licensing

I don’t think I have to remind you that this post heading is a MYTH.  What’s astonishing with the case below is not so much the jaw-dropping audacity of the crook but the carelessness of his victims.  Here’s the story, according to an article by Marlene Y. Satter in ThinkAdvisor.  (See my Dos & Don’ts …Read More


Annuity Salespeople Are All Honest & Competent Because of Special Licensing

I don’t think I have to remind you that this post heading is a MYTH.  What’s astonishing with the case below is not so much the jaw-dropping audacity of the crook but the carelessness of his victims.  Here’s the story, according to an article by Marlene Y. Satter in ThinkAdvisor.  (See my Dos & Don’ts …Read More


All Financial Advisers Are Screened by State and Federal Regulators

I hope it isn’t getting too redundant for me to remind you gentle readers that the headings of these posts are MYTHs.  This one is no exception.  Sort of. Depending on who they work for and the kind of work they do, financial advisers are indeed somewhat screened by regulators.  After all, there are education, …Read More


THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS

This blog heading is colloquially true, especially when it comes to Investment Adviser contracts.  A recent review of compliance violations found- first of all- that 22% of advisers didn’t have contracts with their clients.  A contract isn’t required unless a fee of some kind is collected from or owed by a client.  So if you …Read More