Research Magazine July 2007

Features

  • Giving & Receiving

    There is no deeper way to connect with clients than through the philanthropic impulse -- yet many advisors steer clear of the conversation. As Randy Fox,...

  • The Partnership Predicament

    Why do advisors consider taking on a partner in the first place? Maybe it's in hope of realizing economies of scale. Or maybe it's because...

News

  • Inside HealthShares

    It's hard to ignore the pressure that an aging population is already putting on the U.S. healthcare system. What's the best way to take advantage...

  • Commodities Garner Respect

    If soaring commodity prices haven't caught your attention, maybe the rising number of exchange-traded products tracking them has. Halfway through the second quarter of 2007,...

  • Russia ETF Begins Trading

    Although there is growing tension between Russia and the European Union as well as the U.S. government, the first ETF to track Russia stocks has...

  • XTF Strikes Variable Universal Life Deal

    Exchange-traded funds are showing up in new places. Life insurance companies are now incorporating ETF solutions as sub-account investment options in both variable life and...

  • Barclays Launches REIT ETFs

    Despite cooling market performance for real estate investment trusts (REITs), more exchange-traded funds tracking the sector's underlying assets have been introduced. Barclays Global Investors (BGI) added...

  • Finding Your Level

    All major events should be seen as a signpost for the future. Wachovia's acquisition of A.G. Edwards was predicted by the former's active acquisition history;...

  • Janus' Core Inflows Nearly Back in the 'Black'

    In the first quarter, fund flows into Janus Capital Group's traditional fund family broke even for the first time in five years, says Janus CEO...

  • IN BRIEF

    Pioneer Investments has introduced a closed-end fund that gives investors exposure to catastrophe bonds or "cat bonds." Cats are issued by insurers to help spread...

  • Wachovia to Buy A.G. Edwards

    After helping to build Wachovia Securities through the consolidation of more than 20 broker-dealers, President and CEO Daniel Ludeman says, "The 'barbelling' is occurring very...

  • Pershing Hosts Powell, Other VIPs near Miami

    The annual Pershing INSITE conference keeps getting bigger and better, event organizers say. This year's INSITE 2007, held June 6-8 at the Westin Diplomat Resort...

  • Job Growth Still on the Up & Up

    Job Growth Still on the Up and UpAccording to Jeff Testerman, vice president of sales for www.BrokerHunter.com in Atlanta, the industry has seen a welcome...

  • Quality Flight Gains Height

    Dividends are back in vogue in a big way. Wall Street observers point to several factors contributing to this 180-degree shift -- Baby Boomers facing...

  • Serving Corporate 401k Accounts

    Research: Why have individual advisors (and the industry as a whole) been relatively slow to adapt to the post-2006 Pension Protection Act world?Davis: The PPA...

  • Inherit the Windfall

    Money is neither good nor bad. Anyone hoping to win the lottery would disagree. But that's what Susan Bradley, founder of Sudden Money Institute insists....

  • Planning for the Future

    When Kevin R. Keller was tapped as the new chief executive officer of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards in April, one of the...

  • Lesson 6: Longevity Risk

    One often reads that at the end of the 20th century, life expectancy in the U.S. hit a record high of approximately 73.6 years for...

Voices/Columnists

  • The 22 Dimensions of an Investor

    My request to you for your best profiling questions was a homerun both for me and hopefully for you. I learned a tremendous amount about...

  • Client Depreciation

    While attending a recent broker-dealer conference, I had the opportunity to talk with a group of financial advisors in a relaxed, pub-like atmosphere. Just like...

  • Textbook Case

    Lewis J. Altfest, one of the most quoted financial planners in the industry, has written what many consider to be the ultimate text on financial...

  • Is the Pension Plan Dead?

    Traditional pension plans may be underfunded, but while employees of large corporations may eventually face a crisis if their pension payments dry up, many financial...

  • The Prospect of Discovery

    In my last column, I described the pivotal importance of finding out what matters most to your clients financially, in every major area of their...

  • Combining Business and Family

    Mitchell Frank has driven down for our lunch from his office in White Plains, in suburban Westchester County. "It's nice to be out of the office,"...

  • Investor Beware

    If you still have doubts whether or not there is a massive bubble in emerging financial markets, just look at the eurobond market. The JPMorgan...