Investment Advisor-January 2006

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  • I Me Mine

    Olivia Mellan

    Americans are sometimes accused by other people of being self-indulgent, egocentric, and certain that whatever they do is right. This portrait of national egotism isn't borne...

  • Off the Grid

    Kate McBride

    At the Wealth Advisor Summit, Craig Callahan, founder and president of Icon Advisers, Inc. in Greenwood Village, Colorado, made a compelling case for releasing portfolio...

  • Too Simple An Approach?

    Staff Writer

    I feel Ben Warwick's article "Build Your Own" (November 2005) oversimplified starting a mutual fund by utilizing service providers. Picking the right service provider for...

  • On Your Way Up . . .

    Staff Writer

    The wise folks who make a living by studying advisory firms and consulting to advisory firms, and figuring out what the most successful firms have...

  • Technical Analysis

    Staff Writer

    Investments in technology to empower reps at their desks, or virtually anywhere, is a common theme that ties into all aspects of the independent broker/dealer...

  • Catching Up With . . . Don Quigley

    James J. Green

    Don Quigley describes his Julius Baer Total Return Bond Fund (BJBGX) as a "core-plus" fund, with the core being its U.S. bonds, while the "plus"...

  • Nine Steps to a Compliant Article

    Staff Writer

    Here are some pointers on how to write articles using your compliance department as your partner, not your adversary. Identify the common problem you...

  • Latin Funds Soar Northward

    Staff Writer

    Investing in Latin American stocks has been very lucrative the past few years. The continent offers immense commodities and natural resources, a cheap labor force,...

  • Charles Lieberman

    Staff Writer

    Chief Economist and Investment Strategist Advisors Capital Management L.L.C. West 115 Century Road Paramus, New Jersey 07652 201-986-1900 www.advisorscenter.com Year current firm began: 2004 Number of principals: 4 Number of clients: 100 individuals plus...

  • About The Manager

    Staff Writer

    Very few portfolio managers have run a mutual fund for as long as James Stratton. In 1972, he founded the Stratton Growth Fund and Stratton...

  • Full Speed Ahead for Hedge Funds

    Jeff Joseph

    SEC regulation, demand for additional transparency, and tales of occasional fraud are but speed bumps on a trajectory that could see hedge fund assets quadruple...

  • The Classic Model

    Staff Writer

    For B/Ds that own manufacturing and distribution, open architecture may be a key to their survival. "Reps don't want to be compelled, especially in this...

  • Getting Ready for a Leap in Longevity

    Staff Writer

    Longevity increased by 40 years in the last century and may do so again in the first quarter of this century. The reasons are laid...

  • Trading by the Calendar

    Ben Warwick

    The January Effect is the Elvis of the investment management world. Some think it's still alive (and working in a convenience store in Des Moines);...

  • The Income Conundrum

    Melanie Waddell

    What's the biggest issue facing all retirees, particularly baby boomers? You guessed it: having enough income to sustain them through what will likely be a...

  • Often, Smaller Can Be Better

    Angie Herbers

    Like many financial planners, I've had reservations about the current conventional wisdom that practices need to get bigger to survive and prosper. It seems like...

  • Banking on Wealth Management

    Melanie Waddell

    Attend any industry conference or chat with colleagues or consultants, and you'll hear the buzzword du jour: wealth management. Many advisors are attempting to provide...

  • The Case for Loss Harvesting

    Staff Writer

    The presence of taxes should affect the way an investment portfolio is managed, but most portfolio managers are not sensitive to tax issues. Indeed, investment...

  • Boxes Are Not Classes

    Staff Writer

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

  • A Notch Higher

    Melanie Waddell

    For a few years now, consolidation and regulatory scrutiny have been the buzzwords in the clearing business, but executives at clearing firms say another trend...

  • Two Steps Back?

    Bob Clark, Bob Clark

    I have to admit that I don't go to too many sessions at industry conferences these days. The nuts and bolts planning presentations rarely have...

  • The Growth Resolution

    Staff Writer

    This January space is a guest columnist's dream: It comes precisely at the moment when you've had time to make New Year's resolutions--both personal and...

  • Producer Group

    Staff Writer

    In your search to find business approaches that can make your practice stand out, you may have found that real value is more elusive than...

  • Financial Planning's Future

    Staff Writer

    Financial planning software programs are better than ever, there are more of them, and the landscape of this key technology area is changing. The industry...

  • Listen Up

    Maya Ivanova

    The research is in and it turns out that it pays to listen to your clients. The results of the 2005 Rydex Advisor Benchmarking Survey...

  • Balancing Act

    Kate McBride

    What a remarkable time these last few years have been for independent broker/dealers. The markets have recovered from a bubble, a crash, a grinding bear...

  • Many Happy Returns

    Kate McBride

    Heading into the next quarter-century of Investment Advisor, we wondered if there were any diversified equities funds that have been managed for 25 years or...

  • Mostly Sunny or Partly Cloudy

    Bob Keane

    Like most questions, the answer depends on whom you ask. We are fortunate here at Investment Advisor in that we have not one expert to...

  • Far From Fossilized

    Bob Keane

    The offices of Advisors Capital Management may be liberally sprinkled with dinosaur bones, shark's teeth, ammonites, orthoceras, and other specimens from Chuck Lieberman's collection of...

  • Behind the Numbers, with Gary Shilling

    Staff Writer

    he least optimistic of our panelists about the stock market and sees a possible bear market in the offing for this year. "My long-term favorite...

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