Research Magazine October 2007

Features

  • Success or Excess?

    In mid-August, international financial markets began seriously to wobble. Initially, the subprime mortgage crisis, affecting only a small, risky portion of the enormous U.S. residential...

  • Mortgage Meltdowns

    For one of the most comprehensive perspectives on the subprime mortgage crisis, Research turns to Jeffrey E. Gundlach, Morningstar's 2006 Fixed Income Fund Manager of...

  • The Future of Fee-Based Accounts

    A collision of regulatory events has given a boost to the industry's move toward a fee-based business model -- with some pundits predicting dramatic change...

  • T.R. vs. J.P.

    It would be called the Bankers' Panic, the Roosevelt Panic, or simply the Panic of 1907. A hundred years ago this month was the culmination...

News

  • AMEX Stays in the Game

    Despite growing competition from the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq, the American Stock Exchange (Amex) continues to hold its own when it comes to...

  • 2007-09-27T20:44:00Z

    As domestic real estate investment trust (REIT) indexes continue their downward slide, investors in funds tracking them are looking for cover. And international real estate...

  • The Prada, Coach ETF

    It was a busy summer for Claymore Securities. Besides introducing the Claymore/Zacks Country Rotation (CRO) and the Claymore/Zacks International Yield Hog Index (HGI) exchange-traded funds, the...

  • Barclays Unveils World Real Estate ETF

    As domestic real estate investment trust (REIT) indexes continue their downward slide, investors in funds tracking them are looking for cover. And international real estate...

  • Muni Bond ETFs Set for Launch

    If no one else beats them to the punch, PowerShares intends to offer the first family of municipal bond exchange-traded funds. The Lisle, Ill.-based ETF...

  • Vanguard Wins More Followers

    Sometime before 2001, when the Vanguard Group was still mulling the idea of offering exchange-traded funds (ETFs), there were a lot more questions than answers....

  • Greed and Fear

    History, including market history, does sometimes seem to repeat itself. Exactly one hundred years ago, the Panic of 1907, whose details are brilliantly recounted by...

  • China, Other Funds Prove Their 'Metal'

    With market swings the name of the game since mid-July, there are positive year-to-date performance figures worthy of note. Equity markets in the world's developing...

  • Shift Made to Asia, Cash as Volatility Reigns

    As equity and bond fund groups geared to developed markets had net outflows in the week ending September 5, emerging markets in Asia and elsewhere...

  • Morningstar Ratings Change Celebrate 5 Years

    Russel Kinnel, Morningstar's director of mutual fund research and editor of Morningstar FundInvestor, says the investment-research provider made an important change five years ago that's...

  • FRC Gauges Use of Lifecycle Funds, Services

    Financial Research Corporation (FRC) of Boston has examined whether investors favor the new or prefer the past. Its recent study "Evolution of the Solution: Investor...

  • Vanguard Eyes Long/Short Fund

    The Vanguard Group says it has been in talks with Charles Schwab Investment Management about the re-organization of the Laudus Rosenberg U.S. Large/Mid Capitalization Long/Short...

  • Fidelity Study Shows Boomers Need for Advice

    The Fidelity Research Institute has found that pre-retirees significantly underestimate the length of their retirement years and how long their savings will need to last....

  • Janus' Schoelzel Set to Move On

    Janus Capital Group of Denver says Scott Schoelzel, portfolio manager of the Janus Twenty Fund, Janus Adviser Forty Fund, Janus Aspen Forty Portfolio and related...

  • LPL's 2008 Plans: Options, Lower Fees & Health Care

    LPL put on quite a show at its 30th-annual Boston conference this summer, introducing changes to its bonus plan, a stock option program, health insurance,...

  • Roth Moves Up AIG Executive Ladder

    The AIG Advisor Group says Larry Roth is the new president and CEO of the 7,800-advisor organization, which includes Advantage Capital Corporation, AIG Financial Advisors,...

  • Morgan Stanley Has New Advisory Account

    Morgan Stanley Has New Advisory AccountMorgan Stanley's Global Wealth Management Group has a new non-discretionary advisory account, "Morgan Stanley Advisory." The company says it has...

  • Advanced Equities Rolls Out NextGen, Hires Gregg

    Advanced Equities is making quite a promise to its advisors. "People think we're crazy," says Joel Marks, the company's COO. "But we think it works." New...

  • On Track

    Production growth, acquisitions and other factors are improving results for energy firms despite today's highly complex regulatory environment, analysts say. --- Robert Plexman, CFABC World Markets Inc.416-956-6218Rob.Plexman@cibc.ca Area...

  • Paying for Keeps

    Research: Your 2007 Investor Research Survey delivered some interesting results about attitudes toward retirement. What did you find most exciting about the data?Greer: Our research...

  • Cruising to Success

    When Randy Carver first became an independent advisor, there was one thing he found lacking: meetings with colleagues where he could network, recharge and share...

  • Principal Protector

    Quick, now, what's the fastest growing investment class in the United States? Precisely right: structured products. Go ahead, fall in love with them -- but don't...

  • Lesson 9: Moral Hazard

    One of the theoretical foundations of modern insurance pricing is a principle called "moral hazard." It lies at the heart of many actuarial models, is...

Voices/Columnists

  • Rules of the Close

    I'm going to close this series on the "Good" way to sell with, appropriately, a look at closing the sale. "Closing" is highly overrated in...

  • Saving for College

    Speaking for emotionally repressed men across the country, there is nothing that evokes more pure feeling than having a child. The second he (or she)...

  • Going the Distance

    How many of your clients refer to you as their "advisor for life?" Probably not as many as you would like. Acting as a financial...

  • Anatomy of a Niche

    Financial advisors are always seeking to connect on a personal level with their clients and to uncover shared interests and beliefs. While this isn't the...

  • Mind Your Business, Part II

    None of us lives forever. When you retire or otherwise exit your business, whether by actually selling it or transferring it to another advisor within...

  • Shopping the Bond Market

    It didn't seem this lunch was going to happen. Tom Ricketts, president and CEO of Incapital, was taking a morning flight from Chicago, where the private...

  • Risky Russia

    Soon after Russia's debt default and ruble devaluation in 1998, I had a talk with a money manager with expertise in emerging markets. Professionals know...