Investment Advisor-January 2008

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  • Asset Allocation, January 2008

    Staff Writer

    To learn this month's recommended asset allocations of Investment Advisor's panel of distinguished economists and money managers, click here.

  • Comparing the Contenders

    Staff Writer

    Morningstar Steele Systems fi360 Klein Area Principia Mutual Fund Expert fi360 Tools Fund Selection Tool Customer Service Good Good Good...

  • Not a Single Thing

    Marlene Y. Satter

    One way to keep clients' portfolios sound and healthy is by checking their insurance coverage, and making sure that they're protected against catastrophic lawsuits or...

  • Mark C. Scheffler

    Staff Writer

    Appleton Group Wealth Management LLC 100 W. Lawrence Street, Third Floor Appleton, Wisconsin 54911 920-993-7727 Web site: www.appletongrouponline.com E-mail: mscheffler@appletongrouponline.com Year firm founded: 2002 AUM: $91 million Number of clients: 95 families and...

  • Don't Be Rigid

    Staff Writer

    Rigid documents can also create obstacles for beneficiaries and trustees. Some attorneys have drafted dynasty trusts without providing the needed flexibility in fiduciary powers. Without...

  • Behind the Numbers, with Gail Dudack

    Kara P. Stapleton

    "We believe the market remains well supported by valuation and our model has been stress tested for weak earnings growth and higher-than-expected inflation," noted Gail...

  • DOL Issues Fee Disclosure Regs

    Melanie Waddell

    The Department of Labor (DOL) introduced on December 12 its long awaited proposed rules on enhancing the disclosures regarding fees that fiduciaries of 401(k) plans...

  • Bonds Away

    Staff Writer

    High-yield bonds could be a good investment in 2008, as investors shake off their aversion to risk. Junk just ain't what it used to be. Year-to-date through...

  • Upgrades

    Staff Writer

    XShares Advisors and RPG Consultants, a retirement plan provider of record keeping, administration, and consulting services, will provide plan sponsors with the ability to add...

  • Resources for Divorcing Parents

    Staff Writer

    Compile a resource list of local professionals--couples counselors, therapists, mediators, and parenting coordinators--who can help your clients reach solutions and decisions that are based on...

  • Not Different This Time?

    Staff Writer

    Here's how Rob Arnott addresses that oft-heard refrain about the markets: "I'm not afraid of volatility. Volatility doesn't scare me in the least--I'm afraid of volatility...

  • Retirement News and Products

    Staff Writer

    Long-term care costs continue to rise. According to a recent study commissioned by New York Life Insurance Company's Long-Term Care Division, the average cost for...

  • A Big Problem

    James J. Green

    Don Schreiber is running at least three businesses, but that doesn't stop him from closely monitoring how the markets affect clients. Asked whether the unfolding subprime...

  • Something Old and New

    James J. Green

    The Romans named their midwinter month Januarius in honor of the two-faced god of doorways who looked back into the old year while looking ahead...

  • Clearly Profitable

    Staff Writer

    Their customers say, and have become much more of a partner with their correspondent broker/dealers than simply executors of trading and settlement. Independent B/D executives have...

  • On the Hook

    Staff Writer

    Joshua Hatfield Smith, a planner with SPC Financial Services in Rockville, Maryland, points out that umbrella policy coverage can be complicated for unmarried partners. Hatfield...

  • The Year in Hedge Funds

    Jeff Joseph

    In a year marked by high volatility in the financial markets, the 10 strategies tracked by the Credit Suisse/Tremont Hedge Fund Index outperformed major global...

  • No Individual Equities, Please

    Staff Writer

    One thing that Scheffler has no interest in for any of his strategies is individual equities. "We don't think the marketplace needs any more money...

  • Changes

    Staff Writer

    National Financial Partners named Daniel Young president and COO of NFP Securities, Inc., NFP's broker/dealer. Before joining NFPSI, Young was president and CEO of NYLIFE...

  • NEWS & PRODUCTS, JANUARY 2008

    Kara P. Stapleton

    Standard & Poor's is set to launch three U.S.-based Credit Default Swap (CDS) indexes which wil be focused on the $28.8 trillion Credit Derivatives Market....

  • Referrals Revisited: Part II

    Susan L. Hirshman

    In last month's article, you'll remember that JPMorgan conducted a qualitative study of both affluent clients and their advisors. The goal of this research was...

  • Big Brokers and Planning

    Kate McBride

    Now that fee-based brokerage accounts are forbidden, some major brokerage firms are finding that the shift to investment advisory accounts, financial planning, and the Certified...

  • The Private Equity Solution

    Staff Writer

    The Asian currency crisis ushered in a new era in the practice of portfolio management. This event signaled a warning to many investors who were...

  • Splitting Heirs

    Olivia Mellan

    Divorce seems to be here to stay. Both as a practicing psychotherapist and on a personal level, I've been privy to the pain, anger, hurt,...

  • Shining a Light on Software

    Mike Patton

    Over the past 20+ years of advising clients, I have used a number of different software packages to select and monitor clients' investments. With the...

  • Think About These

    Mark Tibergien

    There's no doubt that an advisor already has enough going on, never mind adding 10 more things to think about. But as the year changes...

  • A New Benchmarking Tool's in Town

    Melanie Waddell

    There's a new benchmarking tool that gives advisors a snapshot of what competitors and colleagues in their backyards are up to. The Financial Planning Association...

  • Part of the Solution

    Bob Clark, Bob Clark

    As Mark Hurley wrote over a decade ago, compared to other professions, independent advisors are woefully underserved by their traditional industry vendors. Consequently, independents have...

  • People Who Need People

    James J. Green

    If there was any question that Mark Tibergien might go corporate, his prepared and off-the-cuff comments delivered at the second annual Investment Advisor-Moss Adams Advisor...

  • Built to Last

    Kate McBride

    Building portfolios in times of tumult can be very challenging, even for the most seasoned of advisors. Given what's currently unfolding in the credit markets...

  • Protecting Family Assets

    Staff Writer

    Last month We looked at the emotional and financial challenges of advising a client during a divorce settlement. When analyzing the client situation, advisors have...

  • Recession Fears Changing Money Habits

    Savita Iyer-Ahrestani, Savita Iyer-Ahrestani

    When 40% of Americans say their top New Year's resolution is paying off credit card debt, and 39% say their priority in 2008 will be...

  • Group Think

    Staff Writer

    The SEC published a prototype "summary prospectus" for mutual funds, and has asked for public comment from investors. The Commission voted unanimously on November 15...

  • Fundamental Indexing Defined

    Staff Writer

    Fundamental indexes, like the ones created by Rob Arnott, chairman of Reseach Affiliates, are based on companies' fundamental data, such as sales, book value, cash...

  • FutureSelf Advice

    Kara P. Stapleton

    If you had the opportunity to go back to the past and speak with yourself 20 years ago, what would your younger self want to...

  • Back Office Deal

    Kate McBride

    Registered investment advisors will have the option to outsource more of their back-office tasks, including "portfolio data management and performance reporting," after the back-office service...

  • The Compensation Food Chain

    Staff Writer

    For the majority of advisors, the payment paradigm holds three forms: fees, commissions, or a hybrid commission and fee compensation. However, a controversial fourth option...

  • Which QDIA Is Best?

    Melanie Waddell

    If you ask industry consultants what kind of effect qualified default investment alternatives (QDIAs) will have on the investment advisory industry and retiring boomers, they'll...

  • Value Proposition

    Staff Writer

    When lAST WE interviewed Don Schreiber in this space, he told us how he built his advisory firm, WBI Investments, and how he came to...

  • Investment Composer

    Bob Keane

    The typical background for a financial advisor is a business degree followed by an entry-level job with a wirehouse or large accounting firm. Or, maybe...

  • Surviving the Seller's Market

    Angie Herbers

    When I came out of the financial planning program at Kansas State in 2000, my classmates and I went all over the country to find...

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