Investment Advisor-December 2008

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  • A Lesson in Compassion

    Kara P. Stapleton

    THIS MONTH'S HONOREE The individual: Shannon Eusey The firm: Beacon Pointe Advisors The causes: National Network to End Domestic Violence, Miocean Found- ation, Girl Scouts...

  • Breaking Away

    Kara P. Stapleton

    A new report, Wealth Management Goes Independent: Spotting the Breakaway Brokers, released by Aite Group in late October found that more than one in four...

  • Catching Up With KSU's John Grable

    Kara P. Stapleton

    For financial planning professionals who want to pursue a PhD, the task can be daunting. However, starting in summer 2009, Kansas State University in Manhattan,...

  • B/D Briefings News & Products

    James J. Green

    Ameriprise Financial, Inc. announced that it has completed its all-cash acquisition of H&R Block Financial Advisors from H&R Block. The more than 950 H&R Block...

  • The GRAT

    Mike Patton

    A GRAT is an irrevocable trust where a grantor makes a one-time transfer of property and retains an income stream payable to him, at least...

  • Asset Allocation

    Kara P. Stapleton

    Behind the Numbers, with Sam Stovall In an interview with Fox Business early November, Stovall talked about his expectations for the remainder of 2008 and...

  • About the Manager

    Savita Iyer-Ahrestani, Savita Iyer-Ahrestani

    Philip Tasho, CEO and CIO of Alexandria, Virginia-based TAMRO Capital Partners, always had an affinity for languages. That's why he chose to major in Russian...

  • DAF or Foundation?

    Olivia Mellan

    "Many of my clients have wealth that is newly made or created," says Lisa Kirchenbauer, head of Kirchenbauer Financial Management & Consulting in Arlington, Virginia....

  • The Failure of Asset Allocation

    James J. Green

    Over 20 years ago, a landmark paper was published by Gary Brinson, Randolph Hood, and Gilbert Beebower. The paper attributed the variation in the total...

  • Group Think

    Kara P. Stapleton

    ? The SEC and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) announced they will waive the initial setup and annual system fees paid by investment...

  • The True Goal of Independence

    Mark Tibergien

    Many breakaway advisors eschew the label of "producer" in this current environment and want to position themselves as advisors on the side of their clients....

  • Finding a Balance

    Beth Piskora

    Since mid-September, market volatility has been hitting all-time highs, with crazy rides up and down (often within the same day); it thus may come as...

  • Debate Ensues on Mark-to-Market Accounting

    Melanie Waddell

    The debate about whether fair value, or mark-to-market accounting, is the best way for companies to value their assets ensued October 29 during the SEC's...

  • Rules of Acquisition

    Marlene Y. Satter

    After AIG's bailout began in September (it had drawn $90 billion from the Federal Reserve by the end of October), the uncertainty in the industry...

  • New Risk Measures

    Jeff Joseph

    The bad news in the global hedge fund industry has been hard to escape during this economic and market crisis as substantial investor redemptions, large...

  • Upgrades

    Kara P. Stapleton

    Vanguard is planning to merge the $3.2 billion Vanguard Insured Long-Term Tax-Exempt Fund into the $2.8 billion Vanguard Long-Term Tax-Exempt Fund on December 12, 2008....

  • Changes

    Kara P. Stapleton

    ? NAVA announced the election of Mark Casady, chairman and CEO of LPL Financial Services, as the chairman of its board. Casady replaces Clifford Jack,...

  • The Small-Town Touch

    James J. Green

    The crisis on Wall Street has led many wirehouse brokers in particular to reconsider their affiliation options. So when a major producer with LPL Financial...

  • Experiencing the Power of Philanthropy

    Olivia Mellan

    A family retreat can be a great opportunity to initiate clients into the power of philanthropy. Perry Cochell and Rod Zeeb, co-founders of the Heritage...

  • In the Numbers

    James J. Green

    It's no news to you that it's important to look beyond the headlines, especially when said headlines are coming out of television speakers, to learn...

  • Now or Then?

    Mike Patton

    When the wealthy make plans to transition assets to their heirs, they must consider whether it is better to gift during their lifetime or transfer...

  • It's All About the Green

    Bob Keane

    The world is going green, but one of the biggest obstacles is the conventional wisdom that individual actions don't matter. Of course, as anyone who's...

  • Quiet, Please!

    Savita Iyer-Ahrestani, Savita Iyer-Ahrestani

    Focus, discipline, and the ability to "turn everything off and just ignore the noise." These are the qualities that Philip Tasho, chief executive officer and...

  • Postcards From the Edge

    Angie Herbers

    With the bailout package passed, a new President elected, and the markets beginning to settle down (we hope) a little, it's a good time for...

  • Taking the Good with the Bad

    Melanie Waddell

    It's unfortunate but true that when the markets and economy are at their worst, advisors tend to see a rush of new business. The current...

  • Easing Retirement Plan Woes

    Melanie Waddell

    As reports of the huge losses in retirement plans over the past year continue to surface, members of Congress along with the Treasury Department and...

  • Where to From Here?: Election 2008

    Melanie Waddell

    Now that Barack Obama has been elected the next President of the United States, the nation's inboxes, airwaves, and TV screens are awash with advice...

  • Thesis. Antithesis. Synthesis.

    Elizabeth D. Festa

    The advisor: John Carl The firm: Retirement Learning Center LLC, and the PlanSponsor Institute The Web site: www.retirementlc.com The approach: Providing content...

  • Addition by Subtraction

    Olivia Mellan

    I have seen how money ruins families," says Louise Marie Cole, CFP, principal partner of Heritage Group of Companies in Toms River, New Jersey, and...

  • On Philanthropy, Is Your Client a Dynast?

    Lewis Schiff

    In last month's column, "The Fine Art of Planning with Collectibles," the discussion of valuable collectibles naturally led to the complicated issue of gifting to...

  • Nursing Home Costs Stay Level

    Kara P. Stapleton

    "This year, increases were very minimal," notes Sandy Timmermann, director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute, referring to nursing home costs found in the 2008...

  • What Is SRI?

    Bob Keane

    The socially responsible investing (SRI) movement has been gathering momentum for the last 20 years or so. According to the 2008 PRI Report on Progress...

  • Retirement Planning News & Products

    Kara P. Stapleton

    A new study by the Investment Company Institute (ICI) found that only about 3% of accumulated defined contribution plan account assets were spent immediately at...

  • A Wealth Management Future?

    James J. Green

    In a discussion with Mark Tibergien this past summer, the conversation turned to people who not only clearly see the big picture now, but also...

  • Covered by a TARP?

    Marlene Y. Satter

    Reports have been circulating that insurance companies were "getting in line" to receive money from the $700 billion bailout, known as the Troubled Asset Relief...

  • Yearning to Be Free

    Mark Tibergien

    As distressing as the market cataclysm has been for individual investors, financial professionals in every stratum have experienced multiples of this strain. Not only do...

  • Silver Linings

    Bob Clark, Bob Clark

    Well, it's semi-official: We're in the midst of what will undoubtedly be deemed a recession as soon as this economic downturn reaches the requisite two...

  • Centered

    Bob Keane

    For advisors, and their clients, the conflict between head (rational judgment) and heart (emotional reaction) is always present, but it's probably never been more apparent...

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