Outlook 2012: Retirement — Boomer Surveys Tell Us They’re Happy (Even If Broke)
The most beloved statistical study in the advisor world—namely, the retirement survey—was a veritable cottage industry in 2011, the year the first of the baby boomers began marking their milestone 65th birthday.
Outlook 2012: Value Investing — A Glimmer in the Gloom
Like value investment gurus Warren Buffett and Benjamin Graham, today's stock pickers believe that investment is most intelligent when it is most businesslike.
Raymond James Taps New Heads of Independent, Employee Units
Raymond James said Monday that it named a new executive to run its independent-advisor channel and a new head for its employee-advisor channel.
Best & Worst 529 Plans: Morningstar
Many parents of the country’s best and brightest soured on the 529 story after 2008. But the plans are making a comeback, and Morningstar helpfully points to the best, as well as those still in need of work.
New Hire Roundup: Dubois and Wassmann Join LPL; Jenks Goes to Putnam; Adams to EBRI
This week in new hires, Dubois and Wassmann join LPL; Stephen Jenks went to Putnam Investments; Nevin Adams joined EBRI; Donald L. McDonald became CEO at Prime Advisors; HighTower brought in Ann Rieder; and Barclays added 6 new advisors.
Dennis Kozlowski: CEO Bonuses for TARP Recipients ‘Indefensible’
As news of the conviction and sentencing of hedge-fund manager Raj Rajaratnam settles down, it’s a good time to take a look back at the last “Bond Villain” to make the financial perp walk—former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski.
Succession Fears: Working Past the Cult of Personality
Current events in the news illustrate the difficulty of effective succession planning.
Vice vs. Nice: Sustainability Debate Pits ‘Tea Party’ Against ‘European Social’ Teams
In a sometimes feisty Oxford-style debate in New York, portfolio managers and professors sparred over whether socially responsible investment has any business contributing to—or subtracting from—a company’s bottom line.
S&P Equity Research, Showing Not All S&P 500 ETFs Alike, Favors SPY
An S&P Equity Research report on S&P 500 index ETFs finds that what's inside matters most--namely, stock weightings.
Fiduciary Next Steps, Earnings, the Fed and Obama’s Union: Advisor Briefing for the Week of Jan. 24, 2011
The State of the Union, Q4 earnings, the FCIC's final report and the FOMC meeting may all move markets this week.