Investment Advisor March 2010

Features

  • The Battle for 401(k) Accounts

    Powered by Standard & Poor's MarketScope Advisor Judging by the numbers, there has been no decrease in the investing public's appetite for exchange traded funds: ETF...

  • Retirement Specialist

    The question of retirement is one of the biggest issues facing our society today. It's part of the healthcare debate when the subject is Medicare...

  • Letting Go

    In a culture that's all about striving, attaining, and acquiring, one of life's greatest challenges is knowing when and how to let go. It's hard...

  • Structuring for Success

    As football fans are well aware, the New Orleans Saint overtook the Indianapolis Colts to win this year's NFL Super Bowl championship. To outperform the...

  • Subtraction Through Addition

    Anyone who has studied basic portfolio construction understands that it's possible to reduce the overall risk in a portfolio by adding an asset class that...

Beginnings

  • Asset Allocation

    If there's anything in the economy about which to be optimistic Gary Shilling, the Springfield, New Jersey-based economist and advisor, thinks it's the de-leveraging of...

  • Venture Populist: The "First-Mover Advantage" Myth

    The conventional wisdom of venture investing is populated with a myriad of musty and meaningless maxims that do little to develop due diligence deft. The...

  • TD Ameritrade Stands Tall

    At its 14th annual conference, held February 3-6 in Orlando, TD Ameritrade Institutional reported record attendance of 2,000, including 1,200 advisors. That strong showing matched...

  • Changes at the Top for RIA Units at Fidelity and Schwab

    At a time when growth in the RIA channel has been robust to say the least, the two largest custodians have announced executive changes and...

  • More Advisors Embrace Alternatives

    Advisors are increasingly turning to alternative investments, not as a source of outsized returns, but rather to provide true diversification to clients' portfolios, according to...

  • Lightyear Buys ING B/Ds

    Private equity firm Lightyear Capital LLC announced February 1 that it had completed its acquisition of the three independent broker/dealers that formerly constituted the ING...

  • GroupThink

    ? The Retirement Income Industry Association (RIIA) recently elected two new board members to its leadership team--Ron Mastrogiovanni, president and CEO of HealthView Services, a...

  • Changes

    ? Former Schwab Advisor Services executive David Welling has joined Black Diamond Performance Reporting as chief solutions officer and will oversee sales, marketing, product management...

  • Upgrades

    Fusion Advisor Network, the co-op-like broker/dealer and practice management service provider led by Philip Palaveev and Stuart Silverman, has added five firms with 18 professionals...

  • Numerology: Worried, but Staying Put

    A new survey conducted by ING's U.S. Retirement Services unit found that retirement plan participants employed at colleges, universities, and post-secondary schools have become less...

  • Washington Watch: Dodd Says Act Now on Financial Reform

    As Washington lay blanketed in more than two feet of snow last month, lawmakers in the Senate were still busy trying to crank out a...

  • Editor's Note: A Word Not From Our Sponsors

    During Tom Bradley's welcoming speech at the 14th annual TD Ameritrade Institutional conference last month, the ebullient Mr. Bradley was waxing on about certain (to...

Columns

Conclusions

Sidebar Stories

  • Income Initiatives; Social Security

    President Obama's State of the Union address included a number of retirement savings initiatives that he'd like to see enacted: the automatic IRA, an expanded...

  • What the Research Found

    The research paper, Can Precious Metals Make Your Portfolio Shine, cited in this article was authored by C. Mitchell Conover, The Robins School of Business,...

  • Merrill Discovers Retirement

    It appears that Merrill Lynch, now ensconced in Bank of America, has realized the importance of retirement planning to its clients and potential clients, and...

  • The Problems With Pensions

    Members of Congress and retirement experts are working feverishly to ensure that pension plan funding relief is enacted soon. James Klein, president of the American...

  • Redefining for Retirement

    There's a "different mindset" that advisors need to have when focusing on the distribution phase of a client's life, says Scott Slater, and the firms...

  • Advice for Advisors

    Working with some 1,000 retirement plans certainly keeps Gerald Wernette of Rehmann Financial abreast of the latest trends in retirement. He has some first-person advice...

  • About the Advisor

    Gerald Wernette Principal and Director, Retirement Plan Services Rehmann Financial 39300 W. Twelve Mile Road, Suite 100 Farmington Hills, Michigan Phone: 248-579-1100 E-mail: gerald.wernette@rehmann.com Web site: www.rehman.com Areas of Expertise: retirement plan consulting,...

  • Two Exercises for Letting Go

    When I have trouble letting go of emotional strain, I use either of these two simple exercises: 1. I imagine placing specific worries or concerns in...

  • How to Poach Talent from Larger Firms

    The institutionalization of larger advisory firms gives smaller firms a tremendous recruiting advantage--and opportunity. The hardest part of bringing a young advisor into a small...

  • SEC Issues Guidance on Climate Change Disclosure

    The political debate over climate change continues following the December global meeting in Copenhagen. It certainly didn't help matters that in mid-February Washington D.C. was...