Research Magazine March 2008

Features

  • The Effective Executive

    For years now, I've been writing books and articles about the virtual office and office efficiency, but lately my attention has turned to personal productivity. Why?...

  • Bulls, Bears & Presidents

    It was a tumultuous election year. The incumbent president, having served two terms, was not running. His party faced what looked like an uphill fight...

  • (Yawn)

    What happened to the much-anticipated RAND report? Players across the industry expected the study, ordered by the Securities and Exchange Commission, to provide guidance about...

News

  • New Commodities ETF

    The Greenhaven Continuous Commodity Index Fund (GCC) is the latest entrant in the fast growing arena of commodity ETFs. The fund will track the Continuous Commodity...

  • Pershing Launches ETF Center

    Pershing has launched an Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF) Center that provides its introducing broker-dealer and independent registered investment advisor (RIA) customers with a centralized source for...

  • Big Board Announces Amex Deal

    NYSE Euronext has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the American Stock Exchange (Amex). The proposed business combination, which has been approved by both...

  • Banking on Themes

    Most of us know about theme parks and theme restaurants, but are you familiar with theme-based investing? Indeed, many investors are just beginning to appreciate...

  • More Than (Just) Money

    Inheritance can be a sensitive issue, primarily for clients of course but also for their advisors. For clients, there may be the shock of death,...

  • Bonds, Large Blend Top the '07 Charts

    Fund data complied by the Financial Research Corporation of Boston shows investors have been actively moving from equities to bonds, with intermediate-term bonds capturing the...

  • Fund Sales to Face More Pressure

    Boston-based Financial Research Corporation has projected that mutual fund net sales should grow 2 percent a year and reach $340 billion by 2012. Other products,...

  • Legg Mason Names Fetting New CEO

    Legg Mason has appointed Mark R. Fetting, 53, as the firm's president and CEO, with Legg Mason co-founder and Chairman Raymond "Chip" Mason serving as...

  • IRA Owners Guard Assets, But Are Minority in U.S.

    Some 70 percent of those who own Individual Retirement Accounts plan to defer withdrawals from these accounts as long as possible, according to a new...

  • IN BRIEF

    Fidelity Investments has reopened its 45-year-old Fidelity Magellan Fund to new investors, effective January 15. The fund had been closed to new accounts since September...

  • Advisors Buck Trend of Falling Results

    Some global investment firms are reporting sizeable net losses for the fourth quarter and full-year 2007 as a result of write-downs associated with U.S. collateralized...

  • Tim Ryan to Lead Securities Association

    The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) has appointed T. Timothy Ryan, Jr. as its chief executive officer to be based in New York....

  • Commonwealth FAs Go Back to Class (at Harvard)

    "Do you have an unwillingness to evolve with the market?" asks Harvard Business School professor emeritus Benson Shapiro. "Are you too comfortable with the status...

  • Healthy Entrance

    Stocks in health care, including biotech and pharmaceuticals, are poised for higher levels in 2008 - thanks to present valuations, developing pipelines and acquisition horizons,...

  • Special Scenarios

    As conditions in the housing and credit markets unfold, certain real estate investment trusts are positioned for solid financial performance. --- Ken AvalosRaymond James (727) 567-2660Ken.Avalos@RaymondJames.com Paul D....

  • Wealth2K's David Macchia Interviews LPL's Mark Casady

    Over the course of two lengthy conversations with Mark Casady I came to understand more than a few things about the man who leads the...

  • Banking on Boomers

    What does the retirement-income security strategist foresee? This enormously influential demographic will keep on making history -- big-time. Financial advisors, take careful note. "As they've grown up,...

  • Big Ideas for Small Businesses

    Financial advisors were stunned last fall when industry consultant Mark Tibergien, who enjoys near celebrity status in his field, left Moss Adams for a new...

  • New and Improved Risk Profiling

    By now we should all know, given the press coverage on the issue, that the first of our 76 million baby boomer generation turned 60...

Voices/Columnists

  • Partnerships for 2008

    Many moons ago, I believed everything I had been told about partnerships. I believed they were even less stable than marriages; that 90 percent of...

  • Know Your Client

    One of the great joys of being a financial advisor is the opportunity it provides to develop a close relationship with your broker-dealer's compliance department....

  • A Step-by-Step Guide

    As a long-time managing director at Merrill Lynch in Colorado, David Mullen hired and trained more than 500 advisors. His training program was considered superior...

  • Crossing the 'Ts'

    Burk and Julie Rosenthal remember the day when they sat down with their client to discuss the 72(t) distribution plan he had already begun. He...

  • The Ins and Outs of Referrals

    My most requested speech last year was on mastering referrals. After some 30 years in the business, I'm still surprised to find such a large...

  • Subprime Prophet

    Gary Shilling meets me at the bar of the restaurant with a large plastic jar in his hands. Since developing a serious beekeeping hobby a...

  • A New Global Force?

    Sovereign wealth funds -- government-owned funds often amassed from petrodollar surpluses and geared toward investment in foreign industrial and financial assets -- have become seemingly...