Investment Advisor-August 2004

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  • THE PLAYING FIELD- Partners in Growth

    Melanie Waddell

    It almost goes without saying. All independent advisors want their businesses to grow and outshine their competitors. How advisors achieve this common goal, however, varies....

  • On the Case

    Staff Writer

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for your great cover story, "Power of Attorney" (July 2004), about a law firm that also provides tax, financial...

  • Institutions Lead, but RIAs Lag

    Staff Writer

    Allocations from institutional investors caused hedge funds of funds assets to grow by 30% in the 12 months ended December 2003, according to a survey...

  • Getting a Handle on Plan Expenses

    Melanie Waddell

    The Securities and Exchange Commission's probe of payments that mutual fund companies make to 401(k) plan administrators and consultants should make it easier for advisors...

  • On Being Exceptional

    James J. Green

    It was Alexis DeTocqueville who coined the phrase "American exceptionalism" after traveling the young United States in the early 1830s. There were a number of...

  • Coming of Age

    Melanie Waddell

    Why do Americans of all wealth levels continue to pour money into 529 college savings plans? The answer is simple: the cost of higher education...

  • A "Virtual Insurance Department"

    Staff Writer

    Have you been itching to break into the life insurance business, but only have a limited understanding of it, and lack the time needed to...

  • Overseas, It Pays To Be Small

    Staff Writer

    In a lackluster year for foreign equities, small-cap stocks have outperformed. Year-to-date through July 5, the MSCI EAFE Small-Cap Index rose 10.9%, while the broader...

  • Setting Good Screens

    Staff Writer

    Let's say one of your clients is a tie-dyed, tree-hugging Planned Parenthood volunteer; the second is a pro-life, Baptist hunting enthusiast; and the third is...

  • About the Manager

    Staff Writer

    George P. Schwartz began his financial career as an investment research analyst at two NYSE-member firms in the Detroit area and then chaired the investment...

  • FPA sues the SEC over "merrill" rule

    Staff Writer

    After years of debate, the Financial Planning Association has sued the Securities & Exchange Commission to block the "Merrill Lynch" rule. Proposed in 1999 but...

  • Who's best? it all depends

    Staff Writer

    Asking which financial planning software is best may be the wrong question. What you should ask is, "Which is best for me?" Fortunately, you can...

  • THE GLUCK REPORT -- Software Showdown

    Staff Writer

    The producers of the three most widely used financial planning software products--NaviPlan, Financial Profiles, and Money Tree--all have released new versions in recent weeks. Each...

  • Doing the Right Thing

    Bob Keane

    George Schwartz had already established himself as a savvy money manager with his Schwartz Value Fund (RCMFX) and had an impressive roster of private clients...

  • Central Office

    Staff Writer

    It's 7:45 p.m. and you find yourself finishing yet another client house call. You haven't eaten dinner at home regularly for weeks now, and in...

  • Keeping the Faith

    Bob Keane

    Since its earliest colonial days, America has had a complicated and often ambiguous relationship with matters of religious faith. A number of the first colonies...

  • TOOLS OF THE TRADE- Problem Solvers

    Staff Writer

    For us capitalists, mutual funds may be one of the greatest inventions ever. These unique entities make it possible for a significant portion of the...

  • TAX ADVISOR- Look Beyond the Election Year

    Staff Writer

    In a presidential election year, the chief executive and members of Congress typically are too preoccupied with campaigning to bother much with tax changes. But...

  • How to Think Big

    Staff Writer

    The term "producer" rubs me the wrong way. It's insulting to clients. Someone who trusts you with his wealth would cringe if he heard that...

  • Community Affair

    Staff Writer

    Nobody likes paying taxes. But investing in an affordable housing tax credit program allows investors to take some of the pain out of this lifelong...

  • Emotional Rescue

    Staff Writer

    A client calls, demanding to see you immediately. She's just discovered that her husband has been having an affair with a friend of theirs. She...

  • Tightrope Act

    Eric Uhlfelder

    Investing in an environment of rising interest rates is a high-wire act. While bonds are paying more, their prices will continue to get smacked down...

  • Looking Good

    Staff Writer

    Donna Panagakos has joined Investment Advisor as our new art director. She will be putting to work her years of experience in both consumer and...

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