March 14, 2011

Staying Informed: Five Sites on Earthquakes, Nuclear Plants, Trauma

Five authoritative, advisor-friendly sites to stay informed for you and your clients

Advisors may be well trained in matters of finance, but in certain other areas—nuclear physics, say, or psychology or financial history—their knowledge may be more spotty. In the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant explosions, the editors of AdvisorOne thought it would be helpful to provide you with sites where you could inform yourself on such matters as the need arises. We favored sites and readers that didn’t talk down to readers or listeners (and we're biased toward our own content) but that gave you enough authoritative information to be helpful to yourself, your families and your clients.

New Scientist magazine’s Short, Sharp Science blog

What does it mean when a nuclear meltdown happens? For starters, there won’t be a nuclear explosion, a recent post points out.

Research’s Ken Silber puts current crises into context

History is a great teacher. For instance, think that Ron Paul is a pathfinder when he calls for abolishing the Fed? Read Ken’s article for Research on anti-financial populism. Or listen to his podcast on the same subject.

There’s much political grumbling over the perceived failures of the SEC and how to fund the agency. But how did the Commission come to be? Read Ken’s article on how Federal regulators got so much power, and why.

Interested in the place of women in wealth? AdvisorOne is taking nominations for its annual Top Women in Wealth, but Ken’s January article relates the remarkable career of Victoria Woodhull, who ran her own brokerage firm way back in the 19th century.

The BBC defines, and displays, a tsunami
The BBC News website has a very good animated PDF that explains how tsunamis work and why they can cause such devastation.

How to deal with traumatic events
Anyone who experiences a traumatic event is changed by that event, often forever, but not necessarily for the worse. On the fifth anniversary of 9/11, in 2006, Investment Advisor columnist Olivia Mellan wrote an article for the magazine discussing how we deal with trauma, and how to deal with it more healthily.

Why this may not be the “big” earthquake long feared in Japan
The Economist’s short but cogent report on the earthquake includes a discussion of why the really big earthquake feared by Japanese will come from a different fault-line.

Please let us know your favorite sites to stay informed on non-advisor news and issues by posting a comment below. We promise to gather them up and send them out to the AdvisorOne community for everyone's edification.

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