Investment Advisor September 2008

Features

Beginnings

  • Living the American Dream

    I always enjoy Olivia Mellan's columns in Investment Advisor magazine, and typically they are the first that I read, but the most recent one titled...

  • Asset Allocation, August 2008

    Read this month's recommended asset allocations from Investment Advisor's panel of distinguished economists and money managers here.

  • Mass Satisfaction:

    A recent survey shows that well-off Americans have significant holdings in alternative investments, with that category broadly defined to include real estate, private equity, and...

  • Go East, Young Man!

    For investors interested in diversifying their portfolios with European holdings, the best advice may be to look to the emerging markets of Eastern Europe, as...

  • Whither the Independent B/D?

    Furthering the consolidation trend in the independent broker/dealer industry, Securities America Financial Corp. has agreed to acquire Folsom, California-based Brecek & Young Advisors, Inc. from...

  • SEC, DOL to Share Data

    The SEC and Department of Labor (DOL) agreed July 29 to share information on retirement and investments in what they said was a bid to...

  • The Quiet, but Growing Custodian

    When most rias think of their custodial options, their choices seem limited to the big four: Schwab Institutional, Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services, TD Ameritrade, and...

  • LTC Payouts: $3.5 Billion in '07

    Approximately 180,000 Americans with long-term care insurance policies were paid benefits in 2007, with the long-term care industry paying out $3.5 billion in benefits last...

  • It's Now Easier Being Green

    You have clients who are environmentally savvy. And now they want insurance that will help them stay green, or even help them add environmentally friendly...

  • Catching up with...

    Recently appointed head of the Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) channel for JPMorgan Funds, Steve Lundquist will be responsible for the business strategy of the institutional...

  • Employees Turned Volunteers

    On May 14, the Charles Schwab Corporation celebrated its fifth annual Schwab Volunteer Day--a designated time each year in May that gives employees time off...

  • Group Think

    ?- The CFP Board has hired Marilyn Mohrman-Gillis as managing director, Public Policy, effective August 18. Mohrman-Gillis will be responsible for developing and overseeing CFP...

  • Changes

    Walt Bettinger, president and COO of Charles Schwab Corp., will succeed the company's founder and chairman, Charles Schwab, as CEO of the company, effective October...

  • Upgrades

    Ameriprise Financial has reached a definitive agreement to acquire J. & W. Seligman & Co. for $440 million. The transaction is expected to be completed...

  • Tech Trouble, Ops Issues

    Which areas of operations and technology are most challenging for your firm? That was the main question The Collaborative and Advisor Perspectives asked in a...

  • Striking While the Iron Is Hot

    Attempting to cement its foothold in the fast growing dually registered advisor market, Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services (IWS) and its correspondent broker/dealer business, National Financial,...

  • Culture Wars

    At Investment Advisor, we cover both registered investment advisors and independent broker/dealers. While once upon a time these were parallel universes, these days there are...

Columns

  • Today's 70 is Yesterday's 50

    The concept of the "New Retirement" has become as popular with near retirees as it is with those who recently entered the retirement zone. While...

  • The Greening of Urban America

    The importance of housing and the construction industries to the U.S. economy has probably never been more apparent than over the past year. Whether they...

  • The Bounty for Captain and Crew

    "Every time I see an article on compensation touting the great salaries and easy hours," one independent advisor wrote, "it gets tempting to cut my...

  • Who's Your Daddy?

    Maybe it's just me, but when one of our industry luminaries leaves their well-established position to take on a new job, it piques my curiosity....

  • Turf Wars

    Throughout the remainder of this year and into 2009, all eyes will be on how Treasury's Blueprint for financial services reform plays out. We've already...

  • The Fraud Squad

    Carrying an unloaded tommy gun, Willie Sutton held up more than a hundred banks in the first half of the 20th century. When someone asked...

  • Under-Cookin' the Books

    Like many advisors, one of my clients kept his financial records in what I call "the glorified checkbook" system: he wrote down the money that...

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