6 of the Latest & Greatest SmartOffice Changes

SmartOffice has just released its first update for 2017. In a new video, Director of Product Management, Bryan Eshelbrenner, has highlighted 6 of the latest and greatest changes SmartOffice users can take advantage of. Here’s a look at the changes: Hi, I’m Bryan Eschelbrenner from Ebix here to go over some of the highlights in SmartOffice 2017 Release 1 available [now]. 1. Ever go to add a customer in SmartOffice, only to find out you’re out of available fields? Well, try again now. We’ve added 20 fields or more to every data type on every custom field object in SmartOffice. As always you can add these fields to your page layouts, you can add them as columns to your reports and they’re available as merge codes on your letter templates. 2. For those of you who bounce back and forth between SmartOffice Anywhere and SmartOffice Pro, it can be frustrating …

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What President Trump’s DOL Action Means for the Advisor

What President Trump’s DOL Action Means for the Advisor

There’s been a lot of confusion in the past few days about the fate of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fiduciary Rule. It was widely reported on Friday that President Trump would be signing an order to delay the rule for six months pending further investigation. However when the order was finally issued on Friday afternoon things changed once again, so let’s get to the bottom of things. Only one order was signed (not two as originally expected) which had no specific reference to the Fiduciary Rule. Instead, President Trump has directed the Secretary of the Treasury to conduct a 120-day review of all laws and regulations related to the financial industry. The President also signed a memorandum on the Fiduciary Rule which although doesn’t specifically call for any delay in the ruling does call for a substantial review. According to Section 1 of the memorandum, “You [DOL] are directed …

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Demystifying the DOL Part 2: Key Decisions for the Advisor

DOL Fiduciary Rule Key Decisions for the Advisor

Continue to Sell Products for Qualified Assets? At the highest level, financial advisors must decide whether the cost and effort of enhancing operations to accommodate all of the expectations of the DOL are such that it makes sense to remain in the business. Advisors who sell predominantly life insurance, LTC, or DI products with the occasional annuity sale may consider exiting the qualified fund business altogether. Although the legal liability is borne by the Financial Institution entering into the Best Interest Contract, the implications to the financial advisor may be considerable if the business practice must be altered substantially to continue to sell products for qualified funds. Continue to Sell Qualified Assets for Variable Compensation? The second consideration for an advisor is whether to accept variable compensation (i.e. commissions, marketing allowances, etc.) for the sale of annuities and mutual funds for qualified accounts. If the advisor alters his or her …

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