Research Magazine November 2006

Features

  • What Alternatives Do Advisors Have?

    This past August, Morningstar and Research magazine surveyed financial advisors on the state of alternative investments. The perspective of and choices made by financial advisors,...

  • Raising the Bar

    Are you managing growth or is it managing you? It's an issue that's top of mind for successful advisors, no matter the stage in your...

  • Tales from the Trenches

    Groucho Marx once joked puckishly: "I never forget a face -- but in your case, I'll make an exception!" To be sure, seldom has there been...

News

  • Claymore Enters the ETF Arena

    Another flurry of exchange-traded funds has hit Wall Street in the form of five funds from ETF industry newcomer Claymore Securities and another five under...

  • Still a Bustling Market

    Investors have gotten used to a steady supply of new ETFs, and the third quarter didn't fail to match their expectations. Fund categories that saw...

  • O-Strip Gets the Hook

    Product deletions have been rare in the world of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), thanks to the industry's incredible growth in both new products and investor assets...

  • Keeping Uncle Sam at Bay

    While mainstream and casual investors alike remain largely oblivious to the negative impact taxes can inflict on the performance of an investment portfolio, savvy advisors...

  • Shifting Weights

    The argument between fundamentals on the one hand and size on the other is only getting louder, and the latest round of ETFs from PowerShares...

  • The Next Big Thing

    January 1, 2007 marks the start of a new era for advisors. The "fiduciary advisor" is a creation of the Pension Protection Act of 2006...

  • Dealing with Insecurity

    If you've been at something for a long enough time, you don't encounter too many surprises. Yet, despite a decade of financial journalism, I was...

  • ICI Re-Elects Flanagan

    The Investment Company Institute's Board of Governors has re-elected Martin L. Flanagan, president and CEO of Amvescap, to his second consecutive one-year term as chairman...

  • John Hancock Stages New Ad, Brand Push

    John Hancock Financial Services is spending some $30 million this quarter to spread the word to both consumers and advisors that "the future is yours."...

  • Few Shine as Market Stars

    According to research firm Lipper and parent company Reuters, large-cap and value-oriented funds stand out as market-beating funds in the third quarter of 2006. Large-cap...

  • Gorman Says 'Be Brutal' as Firm's Results Improve

    At Morgan Stanley, the message is loud and clear: shoot for the best-quality, high-producing advisors. James Gorman, head of the firm's global wealth management group, says...

  • A.G. Edwards Rolls Out Referral Bonuses

    Financial consultants working for A.G. Edwards are now eligible for bonuses worth up to $50,000 for referring a successful recruit to the St. Louis, Mo.-based...

  • Royal Alliance Shifts Gears

    Much of the industry's future growth, as far as Royal Alliance's Larry Roth is concerned, lies in fee-based business. And Roth, who's been at the...

  • Industry Spotlight: Insurance

    Changing dynamics mean new opportunities in the insurance sector, equity analysts say. Stewart Johnson Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. 212-381-9219 sjohnson@fbr.com Area of Coverage: Life Insurance Outlook: The industry outlook in...

  • Starfish organizations

    "If you cut off a spider's leg, it's crippled; if you cut off its head, it dies. But if you cut off a starfish's leg,...

  • Women, Money and Power

    Research: Do successful women still fear becoming bag ladies? Zesbaugh: I go right back to the survey on this one. Our data specifically indicated that 50...

  • Christopher Gardner -- From the Gutter to The Street

    A homeless single father with a toddler in tow, sleeping some nights on the streets of San Francisco or in a subway bathroom, a hotel...

  • On the Fast Track

    Necessity is also the mother of re-invention. Meet Sabina F. McCarthy, clearly demonstrating and indeed personifying that figure of speech: From stay-at-home single mom, she...

  • Teaching Children Well

    When Alan Sitkoff first volunteered in Florida classrooms 10 years ago, he was struck by an alarming fact: Kids had no role models for financial...

Voices/Columnists

  • How To Qualify a Prospect

    "Qualification" is the process of determining whether a person, family unit, or business unit is someone with whom you would like to do business. Quite obviously,...

  • Thankful

    As the turkey's least favorite time of the year arrives, I reluctantly must face the inevitable truth. Another precious year has passed -- and I...

  • Catty Customers

    It's common knowledge that the traditional marketing model is outdated and irrelevant. Although television, radio and newspaper advertising is far from being totally inconsequential, we...

  • Know Your Options

    While things have been pretty quiet since the tech boom of the 1990s, stock options are in the news again. Today, ongoing investigations related to...

  • Yearning for Learning

    "That's the last test I'll ever take!" How many of us have said just these words after finishing a required licensing exam? Unfortunately, if you...

  • A Higher Level of Competence

    Russ Morton is a big man, which is what you'd expect of a University of Oklahoma graduate who spent the first decade of his career...

  • Dow 15,000

    In the late 1990s, as the stock market boom turned into a bubble and drifted into the stratosphere, investment books began to appear with titles...