Investment Advisor January 2010

Features

  • Delivering Diversification

    Despite the widespread acceptance of diversification as an investment benefit, the fact remains that there's never existed a genuine way to actually quantify either its...

  • Advisor Exceptionalism

    The stress testing endured by advisory firms over the last 18 months yielded an uncomfortable, and at times overwhelming, level of pressure for advisory firm...

Beginnings

  • Asset Allocation

    Behind the Numbers, with Mark Balasa For Mark Balasa and his colleagues in The Alpha Group the new year rolls in with a combination of positives...

  • The ETF Advisor: China ETFs

    It's rare that a consensus forms across a wide cross-section of investors. One market view, however, seems indisputable for bulls and bears alike: China will...

  • Congress Reaches Year-End Goal

    Congress made a mad dash at year-end 2009 to achieve two of its top goals: passing healthcare and financial services reform legislation. As we enter...

  • SEC Proposes Two-Year Stay on Rule 151A

    The Securities and Exchange Commission on December 8 agreed to a two-year delay of the effective date of Rule 151A, which would require that equity...

  • Estate Tax Extended

    The House of Representatives passed on December 3 by a vote of 225-200 an estate tax bill, H.R. 4154, the Permanent Estate Tax Relief for...

  • Catching Up With...Mike Durbin

    There's no doubt that the names of some of the largest firms on Wall Street no longer have the cachet with the investing public that...

  • GroupThink

    ?The Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) has released its 2009 membership profile, produced in collaboration with Cerulli Associates. One notable change is that an increase...

  • Changes

    ? Vanguard President and CEO F. William McNabb, III will succeed John J. Brennan as Chairman of the $1.3 trillion investment management company and the...

  • Upgrades

    Fidelity said it had helped a record number of brokers 185 individuals and teams--transition to some form of independence through November 2009 ...Research Affiliates, whose founder...

  • Numerology: Bright Future for Advisor M&A Activity

    While merger and acquisitions of RIA firms slowed during the economic downturn, M&A activity among RIA firms is "poised for resurgence, as a new market...

  • Editor's Note: The Small Print

    You're no doubt familiar with the not-so-funny joke that goes like this: You never want to see sausage, or legislation, being made. As I write...

Columns

Conclusions

Sidebar Stories

  • It's Just Business

    When Scott Hanson talks about Hanson McClain's new venture to serve the middle class, he puts it into a business perspective, and explains why he...

  • Ten for 2010

    Take these ten digestible steps this year to regain control of your practices and get back on the road to growth. 1. Assess pricing strategy 2. Determine...

  • About the Firm

    Hanson McClain 3620 Fair Oaks Boulevard Suite 300 Sacramento, California 95864 Phone: 916.979.4077 Fax: 916.483.9661 E-mail: info@hansonmcclain.com Web site: www.moneymatters.com Scott Hanson, CFP, CFS, ChFC Senior partner, founding principal Pat McClain, ChFC Senior partner, founding principal Year...

  • The Power of Radio

    In the modern world just about every business has a Web site and uses e-mail. Hanson McClain is no different, but the firm also utilizes...

  • Who Owns Whom?

    Eric Park, an advisor with Steamboat Financial Group in Washington, Missouri, reminded me in a recent e-mail that as we go through life, we accumulate...

  • How a Firm Works Best

    In my December 2008 column, I talked about how to create real-world job descriptions based on the various tasks that are performed in your firm,...

  • The Power of Empathy

    The fraud perpetrated by Bernie Madoff and abetted by Ezra Merkin, a money manager and financier, could succeed in part because the "weapons of influence"...

  • Evaluating Financial Aid Consultants

    There's nothing wrong with charging a fee for providing information and analysis, even if people could find the information on their own. We do it...

  • Too Good to Be True

    Stuart Egrin, director of regulatory affairs at Invescor, which provides life settlement back office and brokerage services to B/Ds and insurance companies, says that advisors...