Wealth Manager Web November 2006

Cover Story

  • Survival Instinct

    What happens to a high-flying Wall Street career when personal tragedy strikes? The question became all too real for Andy Kaiser on January 25, 2003, the...

  • Drawing Swords

    During a lull at an insurance conference last year, the topic of equity indexed annuities crept into the conversation. The talk centered on who had...

  • From the Bargain Bins

    Small value funds began surging in 2000. For the next six straight years, the group outpaced the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index. The strong showing...

  • A New Look

    Fixed income used to be so predictable. For two years, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) ratcheted up short-term interest rates 0.25 percent at...

  • Prediction Friction

    What's past is prologue, Shakespeare wrote, although the Bard never had to test his theory with an investment forecast. If he had, he would have...

  • VC the Hard Way

    "I spend 90 percent of my time on 5 percent of my clients' portfolios," says Dale Stevens, president of Grasswood Partners Inc., a Malibu, Calif....

  • Mix and Match

    In the world of finance, Wall Street is generally the doyen--the leader in financial engineering, product development and implementation. But on rare occasions, Wall Street...

  • Holiday Money

    Hopping can be hard, time-consuming work, which is why, as December approaches, more consumers may be relying on gift cards. In fact, 75.5 percent of...

  • Joint vs. Separate

    Our filing status on a Form 1040 is a category that identifies you based on your marital and family situation. More than one filing status...

  • Mac or PC?

    In Apple's current TV ads, a hapless but affable businessman plays the role of a PC. His nemesis is a Mac, played by a scruffy...

  • Nurturing 529s

    Now that it's clear that 529 plans will keep their tax-advantaged status, long-term planning with these versatile vehicles is more important than ever. Tom McCarthy,...

  • Funding Dreams

    According to Wikipedia, angel capital is what entrepreneurs depend on before they can come to the attention of traditional venture capital firms, and after they...

  • Bad Signs

    When I enter a new place, I like signs that are easily viewed and easily understood. Unfortunately, most of the time when I'm looking for...

  • Doctors in the House

    Physicians can be rewarding clients, if you can get past the special challenges inherent in dealing with these goal-oriented, time-conscious professionals. Smart and highly educated,...

  • The Heart Piece

    "It's the heart piece that's been missing," remarked the young planner who has blazed a dazzling career path. Smart and experienced, he has built a...

  • Perfect Pitch

    Emery Sheer may never have fulfilled the dream of the operatic career he pursued as a student. But that hasn't kept the Florida CPA and...

  • Network to Net-Worth

    No wealth manager is an island. Successful wealth managers are both internally supported by competent, dedicated, and well-trained staff, and externally supported by a network...

  • The Sky Is Falling?

    I don't know a financial advisor who hasn't received the occasional, "Is the sky falling?'' call from clients. Even when the markets are reasonably well-behaved,...