Investment Advisor February 2010

Cover Story

Features

  • Serving the Underserved (Millionaire)

    There was a time not too long ago when the big Wall Street brands, such as Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, SmithBarney, and many other names...

  • Raising Your Game

    What's the common characteristic that most successful advisors share? It's not their compensation model, or choice of custodian or broker/dealer, or even an entrepreneurial streak....

Beginnings

  • Asset Allocation

    EVERY JANUARY WE survey the members of our Asset Allocation panel and ask them to predict some of what advisors and their clients can expect...

  • Venture Populist: Venture Hits and Exit Wounds

    I have noticed that venture capitalists tend to talk more about their home runs than their strikeouts. Angel investors, on the other hand, prefer to...

  • The ETF Advisor: S&P 500 ETFs

    [Editor's Note: This is a longer version of the article which appeared in the print edition of Investment Advisor, Februrary 2010 and includes S&P rankings...

  • Schwab Keeps Up the Price Pressure

    Schwab is cutting costs, again. Charles Schwab Corp. announced January 7 that it will begin charging a flat $8.95 per online trade of equities or...

  • The Effect of Dodd's Retirement

    Opinions vary as to what Senator Christopher Dodd's retirement, announced in January, will mean for financial services and healthcare reform. Knut Rostad, chairman of The...

  • Washington Watch: Fiduciary Wrangling Resumes

    The fiduciary battle is kicking into high gear. Advisor trade groups as well as state securities regulators and investors rang in the New Year by...

  • GroupThink

    ? At the 2010 Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) New York Consultants Conference on January 10, IMCA introduced its new president, John Granzow, who began...

  • Changes

    ? Chautauqua Capital Management, the Boulder, Colorado-based investment firm, has announced the appointment of John F. Lynch, formerly of Franklin Templeton Investments, as the firm's...

  • Upgrades

    TD Ameritrade Institutional says advisors have embraced the firm's Roadmap Program, an online set of tools created by Minneapolis-based ActiFi that enable RIA firms to...

  • Editor's Note: Migrant Musings in a New Age

    Anniversaries, like this year in which Investment Advisor marks its 30th birthday, tend to make me introspective and retrospective. Throughout the year we will report...

Columns

Conclusions

Sidebar Stories

  • Starting Early

    Ask a group of 10-year-olds what they want to do when they grow up and you're likely to get answers like, "Play in the NBA,"...

  • Our Panel of Experts' Projections for 2010

    Every January, just after the turn of the New Year, Investment Advisor's editors pick the brains of our Asset Allocation panelists, asking for their projections...

  • About the Advisor

    Bennett Marks Founder/President/CIO Marks Group Wealth Management 4350 Baker Road, Suite 245 Minnetonka, MN 55343 Phone: 952-582-6100 E-mail: ben.marks@marksgroup.com Web site: http://marksgroup.com/ Year firm founded: 2008 Number of advisors in firm: 4 (plus client...

  • What the Rankings Mean

    The ETF rankings provided in this article (Overweight, Marketweight, Underweight) are based on a proprietary S&P methodology that incorporates an assessment of the ETF's underlying...

  • So You Want to Have a Profession?

    Bob Clark not-so-humbly presents the following five standards--almost an oath!--that will clearly and unambiguously define a new profession of Independent Financial Advisors. Standard One: I have...

  • Forgive Us Our Imperfections

    For a deeper understanding of how to move past lapses in progress toward a better self, I recommend these excellent books. On forgiveness: Radical Acceptance: Embracing...

  • A Self-Defeating Mentality

    When it comes to building a rational bonus plan for employees, the irrationality of performance-based plans became clear during the 2008-2009 markets and economic crisis....

  • Beware Green Investment Scams

    Green energy offers opportunities for new jobs and investments. Unfortunately, the green energy field has also attracted individuals with less than honorable intentions. On January 6,...

  • Older and Online

    From November 2004 until November 2009, the number of people over 65 years old who actively used the Internet jumped by 55%, according to a...