Investment Advisor February 2008

Features

  • Visionary

    "...we are on the brink of a revolution in the financial planning industry. This sea change is being led by a successful financial planner who...

  • The Bell Tolls

    The age wave has at last reached shore. In 2008, baby boomers begin turning 62--old enough to draw Social Security. This horde born between 1946...

  • Illusionist

    One of the banes of modern investment manage- ment is the existence of closet indexers--money managers who are ostensibly active managers but who in fact...

  • Go Anywhere

    By now advisors have heard the hue and cry of many experts imploring them to move away from value investing and into growth investing, and...

  • Impressionist

    When it comes to how advisors market themselves, they shouldn't neglect an obvious yet somewhat overlooked first step. "People size you up within 10 or...

Beginnings

Columns

  • Making Collaboration Work

    Properly protecting assets to fulfill a family's wishes and having the right documents implemented is what separates advanced planning from theory, as we discussed last...

  • More Than Keeping Score

    An accepted principle in portfolio management is rebalancing--the process of restoring your portfolio to its original mix that was designed to meet a specific investing...

  • Selling Out

    At the end of last November, I had the privilege of moderating a panel of advisors at the Investment Advisor Moss Adams Advisor Summit in...

  • Quality Time

    In our past two articles, we discussed qualitative research that JPMorgan conducted on both affluent clients and their advisors. The goal of this proprietary research...

  • A Busy Year in Washington

    The New Year is upon us, and perhaps the most significant event for the advisory industry has already taken place--the Rand report assessing the advisory...

  • Barring the Door

    Recently, one of my clients lost a long-time employee to another firm. This employee had been the admin/back office assistant to a solo practitioner for...

Conclusions

  • The New Paradigm

    On the face of it, the idea of marrying operations and compliance seems natural. But such a marriage is not about combining two separate functions...

  • Buying Binge

    The Hartford is on a buying spree. In December, Simsbury, Connecticut-based The Hartford Financial Services Group acquired three businesses--TopNoggin, Sun Life Retirement Services, and Princeton...

  • Win Over Those Rollovers

    Of the more than 200,000 practicing financial advisors it counts in the United States, less than 10% concentrate on the retirement plan marketplace, according to...

  • Big Years Ahead for Auto Enrollment

    Ask David Wray, president of the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America, what the retirement landscape will look like in 2008, and he's quick to point...

  • Retirement News & Products

    Data culled by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) shows that Social Security remains a significant source of retirement income for higher income earners, not...

  • Litigation A-Go-Go

    Following months of giant bank and broker/dealer write-downs, losses, CEO expulsions, runs on banks, and the pummeling of shareholder value at many of the world's...

  • B/D News & Products

    On January 8, James Cayne of Bear Stearns announced his plan to step down as CEO, effective immediately, though he will stay on as chairman...

  • Insuring Future Success

    Mergers are not the sole province of corporations. Two longtime financial trade organizations have joined the trend to consolidate. However, they will not lose their...

  • Is an IPS the Answer?

    In my last two Expert's Corner columns ("Confusion and Misinformation, November 2007 and "Use Them, But Carefully," December 2007), we addressed some of the misinformation...

  • The ETF Solution

    With most workers responsible for their own retirement planning these days, the pressure on corporate America has never been greater to offer effective investment choices...

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