Investment Advisor January 2006

Features

  • Listen Up

    The research is in and it turns out that it pays to listen to your clients. The results of the 2005 Rydex Advisor Benchmarking Survey...

  • Producer Group

    In your search to find business approaches that can make your practice stand out, you may have found that real value is more elusive than...

  • The Growth Resolution

    This January space is a guest columnist's dream: It comes precisely at the moment when you've had time to make New Year's resolutions--both personal and...

  • Boxes Are Not Classes

    In the September 2005 Investment Advisor, we showed that investing constrained by characteristics (value-growth and market capitalization) costs investors almost 300 basis points per year...

  • Far From Fossilized

    The offices of Advisors Capital Management may be liberally sprinkled with dinosaur bones, shark's teeth, ammonites, orthoceras, and other specimens from Chuck Lieberman's collection of...

  • Many Happy Returns

    Heading into the next quarter-century of Investment Advisor, we wondered if there were any diversified equities funds that have been managed for 25 years or...

  • Balancing Act

    What a remarkable time these last few years have been for independent broker/dealers. The markets have recovered from a bubble, a crash, a grinding bear...

  • A Notch Higher

    For a few years now, consolidation and regulatory scrutiny have been the buzzwords in the clearing business, but executives at clearing firms say another trend...

Beginnings

  • Too Simple An Approach?

    I feel Ben Warwick's article "Build Your Own" (November 2005) oversimplified starting a mutual fund by utilizing service providers. Picking the right service provider for...

  • Trading by the Calendar

    The January Effect is the Elvis of the investment management world. Some think it's still alive (and working in a convenience store in Des Moines);...

  • Full Speed Ahead for Hedge Funds

    SEC regulation, demand for additional transparency, and tales of occasional fraud are but speed bumps on a trajectory that could see hedge fund assets quadruple...

  • Latin Funds Soar Northward

    Investing in Latin American stocks has been very lucrative the past few years. The continent offers immense commodities and natural resources, a cheap labor force,...

  • Off the Grid

    At the Wealth Advisor Summit, Craig Callahan, founder and president of Icon Advisers, Inc. in Greenwood Village, Colorado, made a compelling case for releasing portfolio...

  • Catching Up With . . . Don Quigley

    Don Quigley describes his Julius Baer Total Return Bond Fund (BJBGX) as a "core-plus" fund, with the core being its U.S. bonds, while the "plus"...

  • On Your Way Up . . .

    The wise folks who make a living by studying advisory firms and consulting to advisory firms, and figuring out what the most successful firms have...

Columns

  • Financial Planning's Future

    Financial planning software programs are better than ever, there are more of them, and the landscape of this key technology area is changing. The industry...

  • Two Steps Back?

    I have to admit that I don't go to too many sessions at industry conferences these days. The nuts and bolts planning presentations rarely have...

  • Banking on Wealth Management

    Attend any industry conference or chat with colleagues or consultants, and you'll hear the buzzword du jour: wealth management. Many advisors are attempting to provide...

  • I Me Mine

    Americans are sometimes accused by other people of being self-indulgent, egocentric, and certain that whatever they do is right. This portrait of national egotism isn't borne...

  • Often, Smaller Can Be Better

    Like many financial planners, I've had reservations about the current conventional wisdom that practices need to get bigger to survive and prosper. It seems like...

Conclusions

Sidebar Stories

  • Youngest Baby Boomers Are Also More Sophisticated

    Here come the Barely Boomers. That's the sobriquet for the youngest batch of baby boomers in a new report from the Spectrem Group, which notes...

  • Behind the Numbers, with Gary Shilling

    he least optimistic of our panelists about the stock market and sees a possible bear market in the offing for this year. "My long-term favorite...

  • Technical Analysis

    Investments in technology to empower reps at their desks, or virtually anywhere, is a common theme that ties into all aspects of the independent broker/dealer...

  • Toughest Job: Getting Boomers to Defer Gratification

    Advisors have the toughest job in America, because they're not selling you; what they're trying to do is get you to defer your spending, and...

  • The Classic Model

    For B/Ds that own manufacturing and distribution, open architecture may be a key to their survival. "Reps don't want to be compelled, especially in this...

  • About The Manager

    Very few portfolio managers have run a mutual fund for as long as James Stratton. In 1972, he founded the Stratton Growth Fund and Stratton...

  • Charles Lieberman

    Chief Economist and Investment Strategist Advisors Capital Management L.L.C. West 115 Century Road Paramus, New Jersey 07652 201-986-1900 www.advisorscenter.com Year current firm began: 2004 Number of principals: 4 Number of clients: 100 individuals plus...

  • Nine Steps to a Compliant Article

    Here are some pointers on how to write articles using your compliance department as your partner, not your adversary. Identify the common problem you...