Indian Health Service Offers Tribal Grants

  |  June 2, 2017

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications in June from Tribes for three different grant opportunities:

To June 23, the IHS Office of Tribal Self-Governance (OTSG) is accepting applications for Planning Cooperative Agreements for the Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP). The purpose of the agreement is to provide resources to Tribes interested in entering the program and to existing Self-Governance Tribes interested in assuming new or expanded programs, services, functions and activities. Read more. Read More

How Our Being a Fiduciary Protects You

  |  April 25, 2017

One of the first actions taken by the new Administration was to rescind the new fiduciary rule for retirement accounts that was to be phased in beginning April 10, 2017, with final implementation by January 1, 2018. The rule was designed to ensure that recommendations by financial advisors were made in the best interests of their clients without any conflicts of interest.

That new fiduciary rule was years in development. The Department of Labor proposed the rule on April 20, 2015, announced the final rule on April 6, 2016, and formally published the rule on April 8, 2016. You may be wondering if rescinding the rule will impact your retirement accounts with REDW Stanley. Read more. Read More

REDW Principals Corrine Wilson & Bruce Bleakman Contribute to Landmark NAFOA’s Financial Reporting Guide

  |  April 25, 2017

The Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) is set to release its new Financial Reporting and Information Guide for Tribal Governments and Their Enterprises (Orange Book) at its 35th Annual Conference in San Francisco April 23-27.

The new book marks several milestones. Not only is it the first accounting publication to address the unique operating environment of tribal governments, but it also was produced by a team of highly experienced professionals who work in Indian Country. In announcing the Orange Book, NAFOA credits its Financial Management advisory committee – and in particular, two of the leaders of REDW’s Tribal practice who wrote many of the volume’s 10 chapters. Read more. Read More

Market View (April 2017) – Policies and Investing

  |  April 12, 2017

President Trump certainly elicits strong emotions from a large percentage of the population. In the days following the election, many equity markets went up in value. Generally, the policies of the new President were viewed as positive for economic growth. As economic data continued to improve since November of 2016 both domestically and globally, capital markets continued to improve. With the new Congress, we have begun to learn that legislative change does not necessarily go easily.

Politics, policies, and economic growth certainly intersect, and it is easy to allow one’s political leanings to overly influence investing decisions or outlook. What then are the broad principles that should be used in evaluating policies? Read more. Read More

Expediency vs. Security or Why REDW Stanley Goes the Extra Mile to Protect Our Clients

  |  January 27, 2017

We’ve recently had a number of REDW Stanley clients object to our established process for wiring money—calling it “convoluted” or “so not a part of the 21st century” because it’s still largely paper- and people-based. But while I do agree the process may seem overly complicated or outdated, there are very good reasons why this is so—and they all have to do with protecting our clients. Read more. Read More

Market View (January 2017) – A Shift in Perspective

  |  January 13, 2017

For our entire history as a nation we have debated the question, “How much authority should be centralized?” This discussion is not limited to the US, but is global in nature. After the 2008 crisis, many argued that economic decision-making needed to be increasingly regulated and centralized.

As the recovery that started in 2009 failed to reach historic averages, questions arose over whether or not the amount of regulation and centralization was too much. In 2016, two events demonstrated the level of discontent with the “new normal.” Read more. Read More

Overtime Regulations Injunction is Temporary – Not Permanent

  |  December 1, 2016

Employers take note: The preliminary injunction granted on Nov. 22, 2016 by a Federal District Court in Texas is only temporary – not a permanent ruling. The injunction, which blocks the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing and enforcing its recently revised regulations on white collar exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), simply prevents the regulations from taking effect on Dec. 1. Read more. Read More