I've proclaimed our annual retirement issue the most important of the year in the past. It may not be as popular as our BIC Top 50 or our program manager rankings, but the topics covered are crucial. Indeed, the ultimate goal of most investing is a pleasant retirement.

This year, Associate Editor Margarida Correia writes on the issue of dementia and the associated risks (page 18). It may not be a topic of conversation in your life yet, particularly if a loved one does not suffer its cruel fate. It’s not an easy conversation for family members. And advisors can find themselves in a Catch-22 with conflicting desires to follow an elderly client’s stated wishes, and doing what’s truly in their best interests. This, in turn, can lead to privacy issues if the advisor feels the need to discuss the situation with the client’s family members.

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