Which blog posts generated the most interest from readers in 2017? We wrap up the year with a look back at the top five most-viewed posts on the Russell Investments blog.
Natural disaster devastation, pension and other post-employment benefit actuarial uncertainty, changing political landscapes, shrinking regional economies and complicated legal descriptions of security and default remedies all contribute to anxiety in owning municipal bonds.
The Treasury market received a reprieve in September when the White House and Congress agreed on legislation coupling hurricane relief funding with a suspension of the debt ceiling until Dec. 8. The agreement puts off a potentially contentious political debate and keeps the government funded until at least year-end.
In a recently-released report from Clear Path Analysis, multi-asset solutions team members Brian Meath and Rob Balkema explain why we believe a multi-asset investing strategy is the right approach.
Active vs. passive? It’s the wrong debate.
Provisions of the DOL’s fiduciary rule went into effect on June 9, but the controversy over its impact on advisors and clients continues. In this live, Munk-style debate moderated by Bob Huebscher, Tom and Knut will take opposing sides on the following proposition:The benefits to investors and society of implementing the DOL fiduciary rule far outweigh the costsKnut will speak in favor of this proposition, while Tom will argue against it, covering issues such as:•Should the decision to work with an advisor who adheres to the fiduciary standard or the suitability standard be left to investors, rather than the government?•Will the rule create administrative burdens and liability risks that will discourage advisors from serving retirement clients?•Will registered representatives moving from commission-based to fee-based compensation no longer be willing to take on clients with smaller pools of retirement assets?
Once again, the US debt ceiling is in focus. Since March, the US Treasury has been employing “extraordinary measures” to fund the US government, such as halting contributions to certain government pension funds and borrowing money set aside to manage exchange rate fluctuations. But those measures are expected to run out this fall.
Can 529 funds be used for gap-year expenses? I recently had a parent ask me if their child’s 529 college savings account money could be used to help pay for gap-year expenses. Here’s the short answer: Maybe.
What to consider when saving for multiple children’s college educations.
Today’s parents are all too aware that higher education comes with a sky-high price tag, but financial aid can offer a real lifeline when it comes to mounting college costs.