Research Magazine December 2007

Features

  • Opportunity of a Lifetime

    Here's a wake-up jolt: The last generation of retirees couldn't manage to maintain their lifestyles beyond average life expectancy. With the right new approaches, though,...

  • Research Roundtable

    The panelists are optimistic about what they forecast to be the sixth year of the bull market. No, they're not wearing rose-colored glasses: In interviews...

News

  • TargetDate ETFs Hit the Street

    Among the new exchange-traded funds XShares Advisors recently introduced on NYSE Arca are a series of five target date or "lifestyle" ETFs that range in...

  • Mapping the Index Universe

    The rapid explosion of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has been truly amazing to watch. With almost 600 U.S.-listed funds trading and over $500 billion in assets,...

  • PowerShares Debuts Bond Funds

    PowerShares Capital Management has expanded its family of fixed-income exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The company has listed five new funds, including an emerging markets fund as well...

  • Raising ETF Awareness

    Rydex Investments has announced the launch of a comprehensive educational initiative to help bridge the gap between the burgeoning ETF marketplace and investor awareness about...

  • SPA Launches MarketGrader ETFs

    SPA ETFs has launched a new series of six exchange-traded funds with underlying fundamentally driven indices designed by U.S. research company MarketGrader to beat the...

  • Very Important Persons

    The financial advisory business is said to be a relationship business. As we know, in life as in business, there are all kinds of relationships:...

  • Industry's Focus: Retirement Income

    Mutual funds and the organizations that sell them continue to introduce a variety of retirement-income products to position themselves for further market opportunities. And it's...

  • Retirement Income Meets the Internet

    Fidelity Investments has introduced the Fidelity Retirement Income Evaluator, an online planning tool for managing retirement income plans and building a more efficient and profitable...

  • Lord Abbett's New Shares

    Lord, Abbett & Company has introduced three new share classes for several of its mutual funds: F, R2 and R3. Also, the firm has reclassified...

  • Fidelity Plans 'WealthCentral'

    Fidelity Investments says it is developing an online wealth- management platform that integrates registered investment advisors' critical operational systems, including portfolio management, customer relationship management...

  • IN BRIEF

    Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price Group says its quarterly results for the three months ended September 30 included net revenues of $571 million, net income of...

  • Subprime Mortgage Crisis 2, Financial-Service CEOs 0

    Merrill Lynch says it hired former NYSE Euronext CEO John Thain on November 14 to replace the brokerage firm's ex-CEO and chairman, Stan O'Neal, who...

  • 2007-2008: Executive Perspectives

    The past 12 months have been tumultuous for the financial-services industry, with the credit-related write-downs and related changes in leadership, mergers and acquisitions, and stock...

  • Product Push

    A select group of market segments and companies are poised to improve results in the coming months, analysts say. --- Analyst: Ronald A. Tadross, CFAFirm: Banc of...

  • James R. Cotto

    Managing Director-Investments Cotto & Padovani Financial Strategies Group Wachovia Securities Career Began: 1987 Home Base: New York City and Mt. Kisco, N.Y. Civic Affiliations: Operation Smile, future-care planning for families...

  • Carol Glazer

    Senior Vice President/Wealth Management Smith Barney Career Began: 1980 Home Base: New York City Civic Affiliations: Young Survival Coalition, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, The Cancer Center for Kids...

  • Howard S. Lorch

    Managing Director-Investments Wachovia Securities Career Began: 1969 Home Base: Houston, Texas Civic Affiliations: University of Houston, The 100 Club, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Boy Scouts of America When Howard Lorch...

  • Eric Park

    Co-founder Steamboat Financial Group LPL Career Began: 1980 Home Base: Washington, Mo. Civic Affiliations: Washington Rotary Club, Franklin County Humane Society, East Central College When Eric Park was a child, he...

  • Van Pearcy

    President Van Pearcy Financial Raymond James Financial Services Career Began: 1987 Home Base: Midland, Texas Civic Affiliations: Scholarship endowment for MBA program at University of Notre Dame, scholarships for athletic...

  • Making It Simple

    Research: What's happening to the way Americans are structuring their financial relationships?Cohen: People have an innate desire for simplicity in their financial service relationships. About...

  • Lesson 11: Feast or Famine First?

    The ancient biblical story of Joseph and King Pharaoh tells of a famous dream of the king in which the land of Egypt was prophesized...

Voices/Columnists

  • Take Back the Pie

    Last month, I reviewed one of the few books by financial advisors on investing. This was Investing on Autopilot by Robert S. Cable. This month,...

  • Expectations

    To quote Johnny Mathis, "It's the most wonderful time of the year." In fact, if you close your eyes and take a deep breath, you can...

  • Make 'Em Laugh

    I read a book last weekend that turned heads at the hair salon, and prompted a 12-year-old to banish me from the family room, because,...

  • Making It to Retirement

    In October, I had the privilege of interviewing award-winning journalist Gail MarksJarvis (www.GailMarksJarvis.com). Gail's Chicago Tribune columns reach millions of readers throughout the U.S. Prior...

  • Resolved to Succeed

    Financial advisors constantly tell me how frustrated they are about implementing real change in their businesses. "You've given me some great ideas," they say, "but...

  • A Boon to Investors and Advisors

    There is a bit of down-home feel about my lunch with Noel C. Archard, Head of Product Development at iShares. The restaurant serves traditional Neapolitan...

  • Finding the Next Google

    When I was an undergraduate at Columbia in the mid-1970s, students at the university's top-notch School of Engineering had a reputation of being socially awkward...