Investment Advisor December 2005

Cover Story

  • Talk to Chuck

    The independent advisor profession and Charles Schwab & Co. grew up together, and not coincidentally, Schwab the company began operations as a discount brokerage firm...

Features

  • Hybrid Vehicles?

    For time immemorial (actually, around 25 years), this magazine has spotlighted each month a mutual fund. As we prepared for this anniversary issue and wondered...

  • Client-Focused

    Anyone who thinks the advisory profession is strictly about financial planning and managing money is probably still living in the last century. Cutting-edge advisors these...

  • Transatlantic Teachers

    Like most European financiers, Johan Olson, investor relations manager at private bank Mirabaud & Cie in Geneva, Switzerland, doesn't bat an eyelid at the mention...

  • Buying The Future

    If you were to suggest to colleagues or clients that the biotechnology sector presents a good opportunity for investment, they might very well respond with...

  • Breaking Away

    Plenty of advisors today are looking to make a career move like Colin Higgins. In 2003, he left his job as a rep for a...

  • Why Bigger is Better

    What will the financial advisory practice of the future look like? No, we're not talking about George Jetson flying to work, and once there, finding...

  • The History of Financial Planning

    Who would have guessed that when Loren Dunton set up the Society for Financial Counselling Ethics in 1969 that it would evolve into the financial...

Beginnings

  • A Real Head-Scratcher

    I was left scratching my head while reading Seth Pearson's article "Guarding The Castle," October 2005 about minimizing the tax consequences of selling real estate....

  • The Third Source of Returns

    Last month I discussed the increasing awareness that true alpha--gained through market timing and security selection--is not the only or even the primary source of...

  • Taking the Middle Way

    As the Federal Reserve commits to raising interest rates, the environment for bonds will likely become bleak after nearly a half decade of low rates...

  • Ownership Shift at LPL

    In a move that allows the founders to diversify their holdings and appraises one of the largest U.S. independent broker/dealers at $2.5 billion, Linsco/Private Ledger...

  • Can Do

    It was 1977, and I was visiting Europe for the first time, spending most of a summer in Italy, Austria, and even driving across the...

Columns

Conclusions

  • Adding Property to the Mix

    Purchasing real estate has long been a vehicle that investors use to help pad their retirement, but a growing trend among investors these days is...

  • The Fine Print

    Private annuity trusts (PATs) are creating quite a buzz in the real estate, legal, and financial planning communities. To read the marketing brochures, you'd think...

  • The Future's Coming, Ready or Not

    I am deeply honored that on the occasion of Investment Advisor magazine's 25th anniversary, the editors would ask me to share a personal reflection about...

Sidebar Stories

  • Finding Better Employees

    For the first time, in the 2005 Study the majority of firms indicated that they use some form of standardized testing to evaluate new employee...

  • Consider These . . .

    There are myriad steps breakaway brokers must consider when opening up their own firms. Tom Giachetti, a partner with the law firm Stark & Stark...

  • Schultz Financial Group, Inc.

    160 West Huffaker Lane Reno, Nevada 89511 775-850-5620 www.schultzfinancialgroup.com Russell C. Schultz, CFP President Vicki P. Schultz, CFP Executive Vice President

  • Three Stages of the Future

    Over the next 15 to 20 years, as baby boomers age (the first boomers will reach age 65 in 2011), advisors will see many boomer...

  • Transition From Transactions

    Harold Evensky started in the investment business after years as a homebuilder, getting licensed as a broker at a large brokerage firm. When he started...

  • Behind the Numbers, with Mark keller

    The chief investment officer of A.G. Edwards thinks that stocks have become the forgotten asset class. "We think investors are better off, from a total...

  • A Safe Getaway

    Here are some steps that may help clients mitigate their risks and ensure a quick getaway in the event of a disaster. o Create a file...

  • Pension Pros Reject Retirement Reform Proposals

    Pension professionals are up in arms over the Federal Tax Reform Panel's retirement savings proposals, which were included in the recommendations the panel put forth...

  • Key Success Criteria

    Here's a sample of a one-page document to show clients how their plan will pay off. Visionary Financial Advisors, LLC Helping Successful Families Create Happy & Prosperous...