Research Magazine January 2008

Features

  • Earning by Learning

    Wachovia Securities was all set to pull the plug and suspend a financial advisor's license last year. The FA's bad behavior? Putting off taking continuing education...

  • Founding Father of Finance

    On the grounds of lower Manhattan's Trinity Church stands the gravestone of Alexander Hamilton, whose distinctions include being the nation's first Secretary of the Treasury....

  • Up to the Challenge

    Boomers have come of age to retire and that event, alone, has sparked an epiphany. Until we took notice of the fact that the oldest boomers...

News

  • Expenses Level Off

    During the fourth quarter, expense ratios in most ETF categories increased modestly or remained the same from the third quarter. The "industry and sector" group had...

  • Transamerica, FOLIOfn Team Up

    Transamerica Financial Advisors has picked FOLIOfn Institutional as its partner of choice as it launches its new Transamerica I-Series, a separately managed account program utilizing...

  • Target-Date ETFs: Ahead of Their Time?

    Traditional mutual funds still rule the $2.5 trillion 401(k) marketplace, but that could soon change. Target-date ETFs have crashed the party. In October, XShares Advisors launched...

  • BGI Broadens Its Global Line

    Barclays Global Investors (BGI) has introduced eight new iShares international ETFs that provide exposure to Asian shares, emerging markets, various real estate opportunities and small-cap...

  • BGI Broadens Global Line

    Barclays Global Investors (BGI) has introduced eight new iShares international ETFs that provide exposure to Asian shares, emerging markets, various real estate opportunities and small-cap...

  • Swimming with PowerShares

    When PowerShares Capital Management launched its first two exchange-traded funds (ETFs) back in 2003, a number of observers predicted the company wouldn't survive. At the...

  • Shorting the China Boom

    A meteoric run-up in Chinese stocks has some investors believing a strong reversal could be in the works. If that happens, now they'll get the...

  • Feeling Great About '08

    Years ending in 8, like 2008, are good stock market years. Only years ending in 5 have been able to beat years ending in 8....

  • Looking Back -- and Ahead

    Anniversaries are naturally times to reflect on the past. As we complete our 30th year in print this summer, we inaugurate a new monthly feature...

  • Emerging Market Funds Lead Lipper Pack

    Funds with a focus on China, Brazil, Latin America and India demonstrated consistently strong chart-topping performance through November 29, 2007, reports Lipper. And fund flows...

  • Global Growth On Track, Manager Says

    U.S. Global Investors' East European Fund (EUROX) is among the industry leaders when it comes to five-year annualized returns, according to Lipper, which notes that...

  • Fund Owndership Steady at 51 Million Homes

    The number of American households owning mutual funds is about 51 million, the Investment Company Institute says, up slightly from 2006. That represents about 44...

  • Boards Boost Oversight, Study Says

    In the past 10 years, fund boards have steadily augmented their oversight role on behalf of shareholders without any regulatory mandate to do so, reports...

  • Direct Fund Purchases Cost More, Research Shows

    Fidelity's National Financial has issued a series of conclusions on how firms can improve the efficiency of their mutual fund operations. The report is based...

  • Schwab Expands Laudus Funds

    Charles Schwab has announced the expansion of its Laudus Funds lineup and a new sub-advisory relationship with Mondrian Investment Partners Limited of London. The new...

  • Disclosures Should Be Online, Easy To Read

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has voted to propose improvements in mutual fund disclosure. The proposed rules would require that all mutual fund investors receive...

  • Janus Capital Keeps Infows Comin'

    For the third quarter, Janus' total AUM of $208 billion included an increase of 9.1 percent from the previous quarter, reflecting $8.6 billion in market...

  • In Brief

    Vanguard has announced that Emerson U. Fullwood was elected to its board of directors and to the board of trustees of each of Vanguard's mutual...

  • James Gorman Moves Up, as Zoe Cruz Bows Out

    As of December 1, wealth-management head James Gorman, 49, and Morgan Stanley International chief Walid Chammah, 53, are co-presidents. They replace "retiring" co-president Zoe Cruz...

  • Thain Tapped as Merrill's New CEO

    Merrill Lynch is now led by John A. Thain, 52, the former chief executive officer, director and member of the management committeee of NYSE Euronext...

  • Pandit Tapped for Citi's CEO Slot

    Citigroup says Vikram Pandit, 50, is the company's new chief executive officer and member of the board of directors, effective December 11, 2007. Sir Win...

  • Superior Strategies

    Along with asset allocation, investors and their advisors face the tough but important task of choosing winning investments. Some equate that quest with trying to find...

  • Global Insight

    Research: Tell us about the international retirement survey that The Hartford did.Zlatkus: This is the second year we've done it. We asked 6,500 people aged...

  • Deep in the Heart of Texas

    At least seven different financial advisory firms vie for business in wealthy little Corsicana, Texas -- population 25,000 -- where ample oil profits have made...

  • Leader of the Band

    Google Jeff Oster and you'll find him on Amazon, MySpace, CD Baby, SoundClick, MP3, PayPlay, CD Universe -- even Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. It's unusual terrain...

  • An Evolutionary Model of Change

    Is there even one financial advisor in the U.S. who isn't aware of the increasingly intense focus placed on boomer retirement? Driven by demographics and...

Voices/Columnists