With a new Fed Chief taking over for the retiring Alan Greenspan, we wondered what advisors saw as his main challenge.IA asked: “For the first time in 18 years the U.S. has a new Fed Chairman, Ben Bernanke. What’s the most critical issue for him to address?”

Advisors say they want Ben Bernanke to keep inflation in check. That’s what 40% of participants answered. Rates are a concern as well; 31% say that’s the most critical issue. While 20% of advisors believe that the looming pension crisis is Bernanke’s biggest issue, only 4% felt that preventing future market bubbles should be his most critical task. Five percent of readers selected “Other” but did not specify what they meant by that.

The new IA Poll on the front page of www.investmentadvisor.com and is different from any poll IA has ever conducted. It says: “The May issue of Investment Advisor will feature the IA25, our magazine’s annual naming of the 25 most influential people in and around the financial planning profession. Right now our editors are diligently attempting to narrow down the potential candidates for the IA25 Class of 2006. Who do you think are the three most influential people in and around the financial planning profession?” To make your voice heard, cast your ballot now.