Investment Advisor-February 2006

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  • Primed for Growth

    Melanie Waddell

    After rebounding slightly in 2004, sales of variable universal life (VUL) insurance policies dropped 11% in the first three quarters of 2005, according to LIMRA...

  • Schapiro Tapped

    Staff Writer

    The NASD Board of Governors announced January 12 that Mary Schapiro will succeed Robert Glauber as chairman and CEO of NASD upon Glauber's completion of...

  • Down, Then Up, in 2006

    Kate McBride

    Economic growth will slow a bit; earnings growth will moderate; large-cap will outperform small cap, non-U.S. equities will outperform U.S. equities for the fifth year...

  • Start a New Season of Giving

    Staff Writer

    If you have ever spent time participating in a charitable organization or, in my case and that of my wife and children, being involved in...

  • Ursula Robinson Daley

    Staff Writer

    Athena Investment Group, Inc. 688 Lee Street Des Plaines, Illinois 60016 847-299-8877 Age: 34 Title: Investment Advisor/Partner Education: BA in psychology, University of New Hampshire; law degree, Pace University Joined firm: January...

  • Standards v. Membership

    Staff Writer

    Bob Clark's article in the January 2006 issue focused on recent speeches given by FPA Chair Jim Barnash and FPA President Dan Moisand at FPA's...

  • Franchise Players

    James J. Green

    Ten and growing, but not too quickly. That's the number of franchisees that SEI Investments Inc. has achieved in 2005 in its Wealth Network, part...

  • Deon Blaney

    Staff Writer

    Private Wealth Management 1308 Reisling Court Las Vegas, NV 89144 702.734.1475 deon@pwmnv.com Age: 47 Title: Investment Advisor/Owner Education: Three years at University of Nevada, Las Vegas Founded firm: September 2005 Advisors in firm: 1 Assets...

  • Japan Funds Get Imperial Treatment

    Staff Writer

    Mutual funds that invest in Japan have blossomed. The average Japan stock fund soared 32.8% in calendar 2005, and registered an average annualized gain of...

  • Seven Questions

    Staff Writer

    The essential issues for grownchildren to raise with their elder parents: 1. What legacy would you like to leave to our family? To the larger community?...

  • ERISA Ponders Alternatives

    Jeff Joseph

    The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) has been a provision most hedge fund managers have sought to avoid. However, as more pension...

  • Missing the Point

    Staff Writer

    On December 30, I'm watching CNBC when Tom McManus, CIO at Bank of America, launches into a dissertation on "Growth vs. Value in '06." During...

  • About The Manager

    Staff Writer

    In a career spanning four decades, Mark Mobius has moved from the Northeast U.S. to the Far East, and from scientific research to investments, in...

  • Getting Ready

    Staff Writer

    While every year has its changes in terms of new and changed tax laws, the 2006 filing season presents a special challenge to the practitioner...

  • Five Building Blocks

    Staff Writer

    You know that if you want to build a truly great practice, you've got to give clients what they want most--an exceptional level of service...

  • Risky Business

    Staff Writer

    In the September 2005 Investment Advisor, we showed that characteristic (value-growth and market capitalization) constrained investing costs investors almost 300 basis points per year. Then,...

  • Look Before Switching

    Melanie Waddell

    Switching custodians. It's a decision that many advisors have already made or may make in the future. One of the most common reasons advisors choose...

  • THE GLUCK REPORT, Part I: Watch This One

    Staff Writer

    There's a new competitor to Schwab, Fidelity, and Waterhouse's RIA custodial business. It's Trust Company of America. If the name sounds familiar, you're probably confused....

  • China Hand

    Kate McBride

    As advisors seek portfolio diversification for their clients, investments in emerging markets have been receiving a great deal of attention. It can be extremely challenging...

  • Silk Purses

    Kate McBride

    The average mutual fund investor made money in 2005. Perhaps not as much as in 2004, but positive returns were the norm, nonetheless. On the...

  • Reform Is in the Air

    Melanie Waddell

    Officials in Washington expect Congress to pass legislation early this year that would shore up the nation's ailing pension system and provide tax breaks to...

  • The Silent Generations

    Olivia Mellan

    As a baby boomer, I think of my generation as anything but silent. We're notorious for speaking out loud and clear in all directions. All...

  • The Road Less Traveled

    Bob Keane

    With almost 200 colleges and universities now offering registered programs for financial planners and investment advisors, the ranks of the profession will increasingly be augmented...

  • SEC Inspectors Unit Under Fire

    Melanie Waddell

    After repeated complaints from broker/dealers, mutual funds, and investment advisors about the SEC's new sweeps examination process, Congress is threatening to abolish the SEC's Office...

  • When Talk Isn't Cheap

    Staff Writer

    In the early 1990s, I met a superstar insurance agent who I'll call Percy (not his real name). Percy looked a little like Bob Denver...

  • The Right Practice Model

    Mark Tibergien

    Nestled along the mountainous border between Bolivia and Peru is Lake Titicaca. On its western shore are unique floating platforms made of buoyant totora reeds...

  • Robert's Rules

    Bob Clark, Bob Clark

    Since I left my day job a few years ago, I've worked with a number of corporate clients and advisors who have valuable information they...

  • Behind the Numbers,with lincoln anderson

    Staff Writer

    Many americans seem to believe the housing market is the place to be for maximum return, but LPL'S chief investment officer disagrees. "I think that...

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