Weekend Studying For Monetary Planners (Sept 10-11) 2022

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Benefit from the present installment of “Weekend Studying For Monetary Planners” – this week’s version kicks off with the information that as Millennials develop their wealth, they may very well be more and more turning to monetary advisors for steering. However amid competitors from massive asset managers and broker-dealers, advisors can think about how they will form their service choices and payment constructions to draw Millennials and construct shopper relationships that would final for many years to return.

Additionally in trade information this week:

  • As broker-dealers more and more supply fee-based planning providers, RIAs are responding by enhancing their very own service choices, and providing different payment constructions to distinguish themselves from the competitors
  • Extra states are adopting persevering with schooling necessities for funding advisers, with three states establishing guidelines that have to be adopted by the tip of 2022

From there, we have now a number of articles on observe administration:

  • A brand new firm goals to coach the subsequent technology of planners and supply a priceless outsourced service to advisory corporations
  • Why creating inner profession paths and contemplating totally distant employees might assist corporations thrive within the present tight labor marketplace for advisor expertise
  • What advisors are doing to maximise the effectivity of their corporations with out bringing on extra employees

We even have quite a lot of articles on retirement planning:

  • How the introduction of recent ‘trendy’ tontine merchandise might present retirees with a brand new technique to mitigate longevity threat
  • The choices obtainable to purchasers who wish to reverse their determination to start out claiming Social Safety advantages
  • How sequence of return threat can have an effect on accumulators in addition to retirees

We wrap up with three remaining articles, all about time administration:

  • Why scaling your time might be more practical than attempting to stretch or reserve it
  • How train can’t solely lengthen your lifespan, but in addition enhance the standard of these years
  • How the ‘cash worth of time’ may help clarify why sure intervals of time are extra priceless than others

Benefit from the ‘mild’ studying!

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Adam is an Affiliate Monetary Planning Nerd at Kitces.com. He beforehand labored at a monetary planning agency in Bethesda, Maryland, and as a journalist masking the banking and insurance coverage industries. Exterior of labor, he serves as a volunteer monetary planner and sophistication teacher for non-profits within the Northern Virginia space. He has an MA from Johns Hopkins College and a BA from the College of Virginia. He might be reached at [email protected]

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(Eric Rasmussen | Monetary Advisor)

Monetary advisors have vital expertise working with members of the Silent Technology (these born between 1928 and 1945), Child Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), and, more and more, Technology X (born between 1965 and 1980). People in these generations have constructed up their retirement belongings over time and steadily have sought out advisors to assist with their more and more difficult planning wants. However the Millennial technology (born between 1981 and 1996) is beginning to acquire wealth and will more and more be looking for monetary recommendation within the years forward.

In response to a research by consulting agency Cerulli Associates, 25% of Millennials as of 2021 had greater than $100,000 in whole monetary belongings, up from solely 10% in 2016. And as Millennials’ earnings and wealth rises, so too does the complexity of their monetary conditions, as they stability paying off pupil loans with saving for retirement, shopping for a home, and saving for their very own youngsters’s educations. Cerulli discovered that whereas Millennials are extra seemingly to make use of platform suppliers instantly (e.g., robo-advisors or massive asset managers) than earlier generations (who might need began investing earlier than internet-based self-directed investing was obtainable!), they’re more and more demanding extra customized recommendation, together with complete monetary planning.

The rise in Millennials’ wealth might create competitors amongst recommendation suppliers to serve them. Initially, some is likely to be interested in the recommendation arms of the monetary providers suppliers they already use, equivalent to their financial institution’s wealth administration arm or the human recommendation service of their present broker-dealer agency (e.g., Vanguard Private Advisor Providers). Nonetheless, Cerulli sees a chance for unbiased advisors to be aggressive by specializing in constructing a robust private relationship with members of this technology (in comparison with monetary providers corporations, which might be seen as extra transactional). Advisors may doubtlessly appeal to Millennial purchasers by being conversant within the areas of investing of curiosity to them, together with cryptocurrencies (as one-quarter of the prosperous Millennials studied by Cerulli reported proudly owning cryptocurrency in 2021).

In the end, the important thing level is that the Millennial technology represents a major alternative for advisors to construct shopper relationships that would final for a number of many years into the longer term. And whereas this technology is beginning to construct belongings (to satisfy an AUM-based advisor’s minimums), advisors may wish to additionally think about different payment constructions, equivalent to month-to-month retainers or income-based charges, that would appeal to a broader vary of Millennial purchasers. Not the brand new youngsters on the block, Millennials are prone to be a key demographic for advisors within the years forward!

(Alex Padalka | Monetary Advisor IQ)

Traditionally, monetary advisors had been targeted on including worth to a shopper’s portfolio. And whereas advisors proceed so as to add worth on this space (from asset allocation to tax administration), the expansion of complete monetary planning has led to advisors providing a wider vary of providers. However whereas this strategy has largely been the purview of RIAs, the broader vary of providers supplied by broker-dealers (and their rising adoption of fee-based fashions) has led some RIAs to supply extra providers to their purchasers to distinguish themselves.

In response to consulting agency Cerulli Associates, 19% of RIAs predict to increase their belief providers through the subsequent two years, whereas 17% plan to construct out digital platforms, and 16% wish to add concierge or way of life choices. In fact, including these providers can include a price, significantly with staffing changing into a serious concern for corporations within the present tight labor market. Mixed with weak market returns up to now in 2022 (and their corresponding damaging have an effect on on agency income for corporations charging on an AUM foundation), corporations may search different payment approaches to mirror their elevated service choices and regular their income.

Additional, with 93% of advisors, no matter channel, anticipating to usher in at the very least 50% of their income from advisory charges by 2023, charging on a payment foundation (moderately than by commissions or different sales-based approaches), is likely to be much less of a differentiator for RIAs going ahead. Whereas asset-based charges are nonetheless the preferred possibility amongst advisors (with 95.5% of advisors utilizing this construction, in accordance with the Funding Advisor Affiliation), different fashions are gaining popularity. In actual fact, between 2012 and 2021, fastened and hourly charges noticed probably the most progress of any payment construction (with 44.8% of advisors now utilizing fastened charges and 29.7% utilizing hourly charges, generally together with asset-based charges), with performance- and commission-based charges shrinking throughout that point interval.

Ultimately, whereas providing complete providers on a payment foundation is changing into much less of a differentiator for RIAs (and as differentiation on fiduciary traces continues to be blurred), RIAs look like adapting to satisfy this problem. From enhanced service choices to different payment fashions to serving a particular shopper area of interest (which, by specializing in particular shopper wants, can cut back the price of providing tailor-made options for distinctive shopper wants), RIAs have a variety of choices to thrive amongst this rising competitors!

(Thomas Giachetti | ThinkAdvisor)

In late 2020, after a number of years of background analysis and looking for public remark from funding advisers, the North American Securities Directors Affiliation (NASAA), an affiliation of state funding regulators, put forth a Mannequin Rule that will, for the primary time, add an annual CE obligation to the funding adviser representatives (IARs) of state-registered RIAs – particularly, 12 hours of constant schooling annually, together with 6 hours of “Merchandise & Follow” and 6 hours of “Ethics & Skilled Duty”. Technically, although, as a result of NASAA is an affiliation of state regulators and never a regulatory physique itself, it doesn’t truly management the laws of the states – which generally requires every state’s legislature to draft its personal legal guidelines or the state’s regulator to undergo its personal formal course of for implementing new guidelines (ideally utilizing NASAA’s Mannequin Rule as a template). In consequence, whereas NASAA applied its Mannequin Rule within the fall of 2020, particular person states are nonetheless rolling out their IAR CE necessities, one state at a time.

To this point, three states (Maryland, Mississippi, and Vermont) have adopted CE guidelines based mostly on the NASAA mannequin rule that have to be adopted by the tip of 2022. As well as, CE guidelines in Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin change into efficient on January 1, 2023. Nevada and Rhode Island are additionally ending up guidelines that would, if established this yr, change into efficient on January 1 as nicely.

Notably, IARs who’re required to register in multiple state will (for states that comply with NASAA’s Mannequin Rule) be in compliance with one other state’s CE necessities so long as the IAR’s dwelling state’s CE necessities are as stringent as these of the opposite state. Which means IARs will need to concentrate on the variety of CE credit required, in addition to the content material breakdown of the credit, for every state during which they’re registered, in case they should fulfill extra necessities for states which can be extra stringent than their dwelling state’s.

The important thing level is that advisors performing as IARs will need to concentrate on this new CE requirement and whether or not it applies to them (as IARs who fail to finish the required coaching by the annual deadline will first have their IAR standing set to CE inactive, and, if the requirement will not be accomplished by the tip of the next yr, shall be unable to resume their registration). However with a number of methods to satisfy the requirement, advisors can’t solely keep away from operating afoul of regulators, but in addition guarantee they’re sustaining the information wanted to correctly serve their purchasers!

(Caleb Brown | ThinkAdvisor)

Hiring a brand new affiliate planner or paraplanner generally is a dangerous endeavor for monetary planning corporations, significantly small ones. From the prices of discovering certified candidates, to time spent coaching the brand new rent, to truly paying for the brand new worker’s wage and advantages, making a poor rent might show pricey. Due to this, corporations generally choose hiring advisors with expertise (moderately than current graduates of economic planning education schemes, who’re prone to require extra coaching within the non-technical elements of economic planning).

However this paradigm might be pricey for each corporations and up to date graduates. As skilled planners are prone to have larger wage necessities, hiring these professionals is prone to be extra pricey than bringing on a current graduate. On the similar time, aspiring planners who’re unable to land a job with an unbiased agency usually find yourself at massive broker-dealers or insurance coverage corporations, the place their function might be extra sales-oriented (moderately than planning-oriented) than they could have imagined.

Amid this atmosphere, a brand new firm, Planning Zoo, seeks to help corporations searching for help in addition to aspiring planners looking for expertise and coaching. The corporate is hiring monetary planning college students on a contract foundation, who will learn to perceive shopper info, enter the information factors into monetary planning software program packages, establish any info gaps, and supply a listing of fundamental pink flags or alternatives for the advisor to contemplate as they create the plan for his or her shopper. All materials ready by the scholars shall be reviewed by skilled planners.

This strategy permits corporations to outsource knowledge entry and preliminary planning duties to unlock the time of inner group members for higher-value duties, whereas additionally giving again to the occupation by permitting new planners to expertise what the planning function entails. And for aspiring planners, not solely will they acquire priceless expertise to make them extra enticing candidates to advisory corporations (that additionally might be utilized to the CFP Expertise requirement), but in addition be paid for his or her efforts.

Ultimately, Planning Zoo has the potential to extend the ability degree of economic planning college students, which might finally give advisory corporations extra confidence that their new hires shall be profitable. This might not solely permit corporations to develop extra effectively, but in addition enhance the probabilities that new planners could have a extra significant begin to their (hopefully lengthy) monetary planning careers!

(Eliza De Pardo | Monetary Advisor)

The “Nice Resignation” and the associated present tight labor market is making headlines each day. And whereas the monetary providers trade has seen a decrease give up price than different industries (leisure and hospitality has been significantly onerous hit), it isn’t immune from expertise shortages. Amid the continued progress of the monetary recommendation trade and an anticipated wave of advisor retirements, hiring will have to be on the forefront of many agency’s minds in the event that they wish to proceed to achieve success within the years forward.

A technique for corporations to draw and retain their staff is to place profession path planning first and construct the infrastructure to repeatedly develop its expertise. This might permit group members to change into extra succesful and higher outfitted to progress of their careers and would additionally let the agency focus its recruitment on backfilling with entry-level positions (after the earlier staff on this function transfer up within the group), which generally is a bigger (and cheaper) pool than attempting to rent seasoned advisors.

Such a profession planning path might begin with a interval of structured coaching, together with inner and exterior teaching, in addition to time spent shadowing skilled group members to each higher perceive how the agency operates and to construct private connections inside the group. Alongside the best way, the brand new rent’s milestones might be tracked to make sure they’re on tempo to be a productive member of the agency.

One other consideration for corporations trying to appeal to expertise in the present day and searching ahead is contemplating opening up positions on a totally distant foundation. Whereas this might require the agency to create formal packages to deliver new staff on remotely (to construct robust distant management and firm tradition), it could seemingly broaden the pool of candidates obtainable to the agency.

So whether or not a agency is at the moment trying to make a rent or may have to sooner or later, it’s essential to put the groundwork for fulfillment in what may very well be a continued aggressive marketplace for advisor expertise. Whether or not it’s by creating an inner coaching program (or perhaps a monetary planning residency program) or creating the potential for group members to work totally remotely, proactive corporations are prone to construct the strongest groups within the years forward!

(Steve Garmhausen | Barron’s)

As the present market downturn has hit many AUM-based corporations’ income, including new purchasers has change into more and more essential for advisory corporations. This may result in a necessity for brand spanking new staff to serve these purchasers, however amid the continued tight labor marketplace for advisor expertise, some corporations are as a substitute searching for efficiencies to serve a rising shopper base with the identical employees headcount.

Many corporations need to technological options to enhance their effectivity (particularly in back-office operations). This may embrace advisor know-how options to help every part from the onboarding course of and doc administration to mission administration and extra environment friendly advisor workflows. As well as, some advisors are leveraging know-how to preemptively reply shopper questions (avoiding a 30-minute cellphone name every time!) by utilizing webinars, podcast, and different types of media to deal with widespread points within the present atmosphere.

Some corporations are additionally trying to enhance effectivity by analyzing their shopper base to find out whether or not either side are getting adequate worth from the connection. This might result in the agency “graduating” purchasers who they will now not serve profitably (or who’ve planning wants that the agency can now not deal with successfully), liberating up extra time to deal with its different purchasers.

The important thing level is that corporations have some ways to deal with a rising shopper base, from bringing on new expertise to creating extra environment friendly processes. Ultimately, taking the time to contemplate the kind of purchasers the agency needs to serve and the way they wish to serve them pays vital dividends, significantly throughout a difficult time for hiring new staff!

(Dinah Wisenberg Brin | ThinkAdvisor)

The idea of longevity threat is among the most talked-about subjects in monetary planning in the present day. With increasingly more retirees dwelling into their 90s and past, making a retirement earnings plan that may final the period of their lifetimes might be difficult. Nevertheless, there are numerous methods to mitigate this threat, from delaying Social Safety (and receiving bigger month-to-month profit funds for all times) to buying a Single Premium Quick Annuity (SPIA), which, in its most elementary kind, gives a ‘assured’ month-to-month cost for the rest of the annuitant’s life in return for an upfront premium cost.

One other choice to mitigate longevity threat, much like an annuity, is a tontine, which gives funds that embrace each a return on capital and mortality credit stacked on prime. The distinction, nevertheless, is that with a tontine the mortality credit will not be paid till among the tontine members truly go away – which eliminates the assure of precisely when mortality credit shall be paid, but in addition drastically reduces the reserve necessities for corporations that supply a tontine (bettering pricing for shoppers).

And whereas tontines have light in recognition through the previous century, a brand new possibility has emerged, as Canadian asset supervisor Guardian Capital this week launched two tontine merchandise. The agency’s GuardPath Fashionable Tontine is open to people born between 1957 and 1961 and can present buyers with a major lump-sum cost in 20 years (when they are going to be between the ages of 81 and 85) in return for an upfront funding. The product’s returns will come from a mixture of compounded progress through the interval and the pooling of survivorship credit from these members who redeem early or go away (with these people or their survivors receiving a decreased payout). And for retirees trying to get a stream of earnings in addition to a lump sum to assist cowl prices of their later years, Guardian’s Hybrid Tontine Collection gives earnings funds in addition to a lump-sum payout to surviving unitholders on the finish of 20 years.

And whereas these ‘trendy’ tontine merchandise at the moment solely obtainable to Canadian buyers, curiosity in them might portend its introduction in the US. As a result of for purchasers with lengthy life expectations who’re keen to make an up-front, lump-sum funding, a tontine may very well be a sexy possibility to satisfy their retirement earnings wants!

(Mary Beth Franklin | InvestmentNews)

The pandemic created main modifications within the work atmosphere, from a spike within the unemployment price to the shift to distant or hybrid work for a lot of people. Given these disruptions, many employees determined to retire (maybe sooner than they could have thought earlier than the pandemic) and commenced claiming Social Safety. However amid the reopening of the economic system, bettering wages, and elevated inflation, some just lately retired people is likely to be contemplating reentering the workforce. And so, present retirees who plan to return to work (and due to this fact may not want the extra earnings from Social Safety) may wonder if they will reverse their determination to assert Social Safety so as to get the elevated funds that outcome from delaying their advantages.

One possibility obtainable for people who claimed Social Safety inside the previous 12 months is to cancel their utility by a course of referred to as a withdrawal, which can be utilized as soon as within the particular person’s lifetime. This permits the person’s profit to proceed to develop (till they finally resolve to assert) however requires them to repay all of the Social Safety advantages acquired, in addition to those that acquired advantages on their file, equivalent to a partner or youngster. This reimbursement additionally contains any cash withheld from the advantages to pay for Medicare premiums or voluntary earnings tax withholding. Notably, people who have already got Medicare and benefit from a withdrawal should state on kind SSA-521 whether or not they wish to hold their Medicare advantages (and, in that case, they’ll pay their premiums on to the Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid Providers).

Another choice, obtainable to those that have reached their full retirement age however will not be but age 70, is to droop their advantages. This permits people to earn delayed retirement credit for every month their advantages are suspended (thereby rising their month-to-month profit as soon as funds are resumed), or till age 70, when funds robotically begin once more. For many who droop their advantages and are enrolled in Medicare, they are going to be billed instantly for his or her future Half B premiums.

In the end, the important thing level is that given the numerous potential worth of delaying Social Safety advantages, people at the moment receiving advantages (and produce other sources of money movement to help their bills) may wish to think about a withdrawal or suspension. And given the necessities and paperwork concerned in doing so, in addition to the necessity to make sure that Medicare advantages proceed and are paid for, advisors can play an essential function in guaranteeing that their purchasers full the method efficiently!

(John Rekenthaler | Morningstar)

When advisors take into consideration sequence of return threat, they often take into consideration people who’re nearing retirement. For these people, poor returns within the first years of portfolio withdrawals can severely impair their capacity to satisfy their earnings wants all through retirement (or, alternatively, expertise vital upside if funding returns early in retirement or robust).

However retirees will not be the one ones who face sequence of returns threat, as it may possibly additionally play an essential function in portfolio progress (or lack thereof) for people who save throughout their working years. As a result of people have a tendency to avoid wasting usually all through their working years (e.g., by common 401(okay) plan or IRA contributions) versus saving a single lump sum, the sequence of returns they face throughout their accumulation years performs a serious function within the measurement of their portfolio at retirement. For instance, whereas retirees profit when robust returns happen early in retirement (earlier than their portfolio has been depleted by withdrawals wanted for dwelling bills), savers profit extra when stronger returns happen later of their accumulation interval. It’s because employees are likely to have little saving collected early of their careers (when a serious market growth or decline wouldn’t have a lot impact on the scale of their portfolio in greenback phrases), and way more as they close to the tip of their careers (when their portfolio has grown as the results of years of contributions and compounded returns).

Ultimately, advisors and their working purchasers can not management the whims of the market, however they will management their asset allocation to stability the necessity for portfolio progress with sequence of return threat, significantly within the later work years and within the first a number of years of retirement. And whereas the present market downturn is likely to be discouraging for a lot of buyers, those that have a few years of saving forward may benefit if stronger returns are on the horizon!

(Khe Hy | RadReads)

For busy professionals, it may possibly usually seem to be there will not be sufficient hours within the day to get every part carried out. From work tasks to time spent with household to train to (at the very least some) leisure, there’s rather a lot to slot in every day. And in accordance with startup government and investor Shreyas Doshi, there are solely 3 ways to win again time: stretch it, reserve it, and scale it.

Stretching time means utilizing extra hours to get every part that you must do completed. Whether or not it means consuming lunch at their desk or simply sleeping much less, those that pursue this tactic attempt to slot in as a lot exercise as doable in a given day. However doing so can result in burnout and exhaustion, whether or not it’s from continually eager about work or not having sufficient vitality on account of poor sleeping and consuming habits.

Another choice is to avoid wasting time by changing into extra environment friendly, leveraging the myriad suggestions, hacks, and instruments obtainable to assist minimize down on electronic mail litter and get sure duties carried out extra rapidly. However whereas these strategies can unlock a while for different duties, the extra essential query is whether or not a person is specializing in probably the most priceless duties within the first place.

That is the place scaling time is available in. By specializing in actions which can be drive multipliers, a person’s work may end up in a lot larger impression and time saved for different tasks or pursuits. For instance, a monetary advisory agency proprietor whose energy is in serving purchasers might rent a chief working officer to tackle the tasks of operating the enterprise, liberating up vital time for the agency proprietor to deal with rising the enterprise and serving their purchasers. Whereas there’s a financial price of bringing on a brand new worker, doing so might create considerably extra free time than attempting to squeeze in an additional hour of labor every day or lowering time spent processing electronic mail.

The important thing level is that whereas everybody solely has 24 hours in a day to make use of, there are numerous methods to divide as much as that point to slot in all the work and private tasks that an advisor needs to get carried out. However by specializing in the duties that they carry out the very best and hiring others or outsourcing the remaining, advisors can’t solely create extra time for themselves, but in addition construct a extra scalable agency!

(Nick Maggiulli | Of {Dollars} And Knowledge)

Every particular person has a restricted lifespan, which helps clarify why researchers have discovered that utilizing cash to purchase time is usually the very best methods to enhance a person’s happiness. Through the use of cash (e.g., hiring landscapers) to create extra free time to pursue the actions we wish to do (studying Weekend Studying?) moderately than these we don’t (mowing the grass), people can get extra enjoyment out of the time they’ve. However what if there have been additionally a technique to lengthen your lifespan, in addition to the standard of these years?

Maggiulli means that being bodily match is among the simplest methods to create extra high-quality time for your self. As a result of not solely can being match result in you dwelling longer, it may possibly make the years that you just do stay even higher. For instance, a person may stay till age 90, but when they’re largely confined to their dwelling for his or her final 20 years due to a bodily ailment, their life may not be as gratifying as somebody who lives to 90 however can journey and take part of their group all through their later years. In actual fact, some analysis suggests that each hour you spend exercising is probably going to offer you six to eight hours of extra wholesome life. For instance, spending 4 hours per week exercising over the course of fifty years might provide you with an additional six to eight extra years of incapacity free well being!

So whether or not you resolve to interact in cardio exercise, energy coaching, or, optimally, each, train can’t solely add years to your lifespan, but in addition make it extra seemingly that it is possible for you to to do the actions you get pleasure from all through your life. That is particularly essential for advisors, whose jobs are largely sedentary; so the subsequent time you could have a convention name, think about making it a walk-and-talk!

(Mark Schrader | Scribe)

Monetary advisors are aware of the idea of the time worth of cash, by which a greenback in the present day is price greater than the identical greenback sooner or later due to its potential incomes capability. This can be a key idea in investing, the place a greenback in the present day may very well be price a number of {dollars} sooner or later if invested correctly. However flipping this idea backward to “the cash worth of time” can be an instructive idea.

The phrase “time is cash” is a standard chorus for busy employees. Whether or not you’re getting paid an hourly wage (the place the worth of an hour of your time is express) or a wage (which might be divided into the hours labored every week), a person can select to alternate an hour of their time for cash by working. However Schrader means that not all intervals of time are created equal. For instance, the worth to you of an hour of time in the course of the day when your youngsters are at college is likely to be price considerably lower than an hour within the night the place your entire household is collectively. In actual fact, that hour with your loved ones may not simply be price multiples of the noon hour, however might even be thought-about priceless, because the time you must spend together with your youngsters when they’re a given age is proscribed.

Monetary advisors acknowledge that tradeoffs are an inevitable a part of life and enterprise. For example, each hour spent on enterprise growth is an hour that would have been used to service present purchasers. However provided that an hour misplaced is gone without end, considering rigorously about the best way to spend our time (which may generally be onerous to worth), in addition to charging appropriately for time spent working, are essential elements of profiting from the restricted hours we have now!

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Within the meantime, should you’re taken with extra information and data relating to advisor know-how, we would extremely suggest trying out Craig Iskowitz’s “Wealth Administration As we speak” weblog, in addition to Gavin Spitzner’s “Wealth Administration Weekly” weblog.

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