Investment Advisor December 2007

Features

  • Give, Wisely

    No one need be extremely wealthy anymore to participate in charitable giving through donor advised funds (DAFs), but they can be, and some participants have...

  • Care Givers

    The American population is aging rapidly and more than 76 million baby boomers are now moving through the second half of life. To boot, these...

  • Target Date: Now

    A few years ago, you'd be hard-pressed to hear the term "lifecycle" or "target date" funds being bandied about the financial services arena. Today, however,...

Beginnings

  • It Seems Like We Touched A Nerve

    I am writing regarding your recent misguided November 2007 editorial entitled "Rainbow Advisors." While I applaud and support the idea that planning cannot be a...

  • Asset Allocation, December 2007

    To learn this month's recommended asset allocations of Investment Advisor's panel of distinguished economists and money managers, click here.

  • 130/30 Market May Open Up

    Despite the growing popularity of 130/30 strategies, this market remains in its infancy and is likely to change in radical ways over the next few...

  • It's a Small World After All

    Stocks in developed international markets look like a bargain these days, trading at a 13.1 times consensus estimates of 2008 earnings. By contrast, the S&P...

  • Victims & Victors

    The fallout from the subprime meltdown has affected homeowners, bankers, and investors, and now has settled on some of the top corner offices of Wall...

  • Business-Like Schwab Party

    Throughout its 17 year history, the Schwab Impact gathering sponsored by Schwab Institutional has grown in size, ambition, and celebrity sightings. This year--the 20th anniversary...

  • Catching up with... Adrian Nazari

    The last time Adrian Nazari's name appeared here, it was January 2004, when we reported that LPL Financial was rolling out Nazari's MoneyFind liability management...

  • Group Think

    The Financial Planning Association and Janus announced the 2008 deadlines for entries for the Financial Frontiers Awards, a program that "promotes advanced research that expands...

  • Changes

    The Financial Planning Association announced that Richard Salmen of GTrust Financial Partners in Overland Park, Kansas, is the president-elect of the 29,000-member planners' association for...

  • Upgrades

    LPL Financial Services has partnered with Fiduciary360 in a program under which LPL-affiliated advisors who wish to provide consulting services to retirement plan sponsors must...

  • Tech-Savvy Advisors

    The latest MKT report by Schwab Institutional, Technology Best Practices: Making the Most of Your Technology Investment, finds that the best-managed advisory firms have clear...

  • A Force in the West, With Aspirations

    Typifying a growing trend in the independent advisory industry, two big California wealth management firms--Kochis Fitz of San Francisco and Quintile Wealth Management of Los...

  • You Are Like Your Clients

    I asked Tim Kochis the question I pose at the end of nearly all my interviews these days. "What," I said, after we had discussed...

Columns

  • Add a Break-Up Quarterback

    In previous columns, we've examined how a variety of independent advisors--from solo practices to firms with offices in several cities--use outside specialists to provide the...

  • Fixing the Broken Windows

    As practices get larger, owners risk losing touch with their staffs and the culture they are trying to create. In many growing firms, owners frequently...

  • Future Talk

    Every now and then you get a glimpse of the future--when you're presented with a new fact or idea that causes other bits of information...

  • Referrals Revisited

    "If there is one thing that I could do for you, what would it be?" When posing that question to seasoned advisors, the response I...

  • Deadline Looms for AMT Fix

    With a deadline to fix the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) by year-end fast approaching, Congress is in a mad dash to find alternative sources of...

  • The Mourning After

    As the december holiday season approaches, we want and expect it to be a time of joy, warmth, and intimacy with family and friends. But...

  • Bottom Up

    Last month, I gave a one-day practice-building workshop for ProEquities, Inc., concluding one of many business management conferences they offer their affiliated advisors each year....

Conclusions

  • Grasping the New 403(b) Rules

    While critics have said the new rules regarding 403(b) plans will pile on the paperwork, there are definite upsides to the pending changes, retirement experts...

  • Not So Bad After All?

    As an advisor, you may have seen first hand that planning for retirement and deciding how to spend that money can spark disagreement between couples...

  • NEWS & PRODUCTS, DECEMBER 2007

    There's an "excellent chance" that the Department of Labor (DOL) will finalize its three initiatives dealing with 401(k) fee disclosures before Congress can pass a...

  • Fighting the Good Fight on 401(k)s

    David Loeper's MISSION is to keep 401(k) plan participants from getting ripped off. In his new book, Stop the 401(k) Rip Off, (Bridgeway Books, 2007),...

  • Death to Tax

    Investment advisors appear to have dodged a bullet as the Financial Services Institute (FSI) and individual advisors rallied lawmakers to repeal a law that would...

  • NEWS & PRODUCTS, DECEMBER 2007

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) fined Oppenheimer Co., Inc. $1 million for "submitting mutual fund breakpoint data to FINRA that the firm knew to...

  • A Taxing Dilemma

    As another year draws to a close and clients find themselves thinking of the future, perhaps one New Year's resolution will be to get around...

  • Use Them, but Carefully

    In my previous column for Investment Advisor (November 2007), we addressed some of the "Confusion and Misinformation" that exists regarding the use of hedge clauses...

  • Building Your Own Holy Grail

    In more than 15 years as a financial advisor, I have often acted as a "Personal CFO" for families. This means advising on virtually all...

Sidebar Stories

Web Extras

  • The Certification Advantage

    Many different designations have been designed to aid advisors in servicing elderly clients correctly. Here are three common designations recommended by advisors. Registered Financial Gerontologist (www.aifg.org) Introduced...