Investment Advisor August 2009

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  • Making Lemonade

    Laura Hearn is a private client advisor for RMB Capital Management in Chicago, which manages about $1.2 billion in assets for wealthy families around the...

  • New Day, New Tools

    With budgets tighter than ever these days, many firms have found it difficult to pursue new technology initiatives and make new purchases. As a result,...

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  • The Palaveev Manifesto

    Following is an excerpt from an article by Philip Palaveev, president of Fusion Advisor Network, formerly of Moss Adams, and a regular contributor to Investment...

  • Find the Fit First

    Bill Morrissey has developed a very tightly focused niche. But rather than doctors, business executives or sports stars, Sound Financial Planning will take anyone as...

  • First Things First

    Finding workflow solutions specific to your firm can be made easier once you define the actual business you are in and the client service experience...

  • Valuation Myths

    Since valuation is part science and part art, it's easy to fall into misconceptions of the valuation process. Two valuation experts recently identified common myths...

  • Alternative Energy Twisting in the Wind

    Last July in this column ("Energy Is in the Air"), I wrote enthusiastically about T. Boone Pickens's plans to build the world's largest wind farm...

  • Reviewing the Situation

    Here are the steps you can take to prepare your clients for a review of their insurance needs: o Set expectations by sending an agenda of...

  • Side Effects

    Advisors might want to take a look at clients' term life insurance coverage. It's been easy over the last several years to seek out new...

  • Camera-Shy CEO

    Elliot Weissbluth is a man on a mission. As CEO of HighTower advisors, he is the public face and voice of a firm with a...

  • Wall Street Theses

    Listening to HighTower advisors speak about Wall Street is like listening to a passel of Martin Luthers speaking about the corrupt Church of the Middle...

  • Tweaking Your Money Personality

    The financial cataclysm has shaken entrenched attitudes toward money, too. Many spenders are spending less and even learning the virtues of saving. Some hoarders who...

  • How Smart Bosses Are Making Lemonade

    Some companies are searching hard for alternatives to downsizing. A May 2009 article in Ode magazine ("How to cut costs and keep your employees") recognizes...

  • Technology by the Numbers

    Even in the challenging market and economic environment, independent advisory firms are looking for opportunities to position themselves for long-term growth by investing strategically in...

  • Ask These Questions

    Selecting a technology vendor is a key decision in the buying process. Make sure you talk to a potential vendor's customers--ideally ones you've found on...

  • Group Think

    When it comes to implementing new technology, the best firms involve staff members early and often. Take West Des Moines, Iowa-based Foster Group's decision matrix, for...

  • Congress Presses Schapiro to Protect Investors

    While members of Congress praised SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro July 14 for acting quickly to institute changes at the beleaguered agency, lawmakers said more work...