Investment Advisor-June 2005

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  • Where do I start?

    Staff Writer

    The first step in setting up a QDOT, as with any estate planning, would be to seek out an experienced attorney to draft the trust....

  • Coast to Coast: Norm Boone and Linda Lubitz

    staff Writer

    Chugging along Florida's Atlantic coast in a rented RV, the recently engaged financial planning power-couple Norm Boone and Linda Lubitz weren't on a relaxed vacation...

  • Looking Back

    Staff Writer

    Bob Clark points out in his column this month (page 53) that the limited partnerships of yore weren't the first, or last, alternative investment that...

  • Ready for School

    Staff Writer

    Other than their homes, your clients' largest lifetime expense may be paying for their children's or grandchildren's education. Annual tuition at private schools can range...

  • When Is a Mutual Fund Like a Hedge Fund?

    Bob Keane

    When unsophisticated investors hear terms like "hedging strategy," "short stocks," or "call options," they assume that they're being asked to take risks with their money....

  • Behind the Numbers, with Gary Thayer

    Staff Writer

    "We're cautious about the [stock] market," says the chief economist for A.G. Edwards & Sons. "We believe the market is undervalued, but we recognize that...

  • Advisors' New Role: Matchmaker

    Staff Writer

    As "Am I going to outlive my assets?" becomes the overriding concern of your clients, rather than "How can I grow my assets?" your role...

  • Keeping Up

    James J. Green

    Twenty-five years ago, Investment Advisor was founded. Fifteen years ago, IA ran its premiere directory of independent broker/dealers. Much has changed over that time, and...

  • Global Funds Exhibit Latitude

    Staff Writer

    Unlike international stock funds, global equity funds can invest in the U.S. markets, which can often provide them with protection from the volatility and uncertainty...

  • How to Ruin a Good Broker/Dealer

    Staff Writer

    In the spirit of Ben Stein's How to Ruin Your Financial Life (Hay House, 2004), I penned the following guide to assuring the premature demise...

  • Stretched Too Thin?

    Melanie Waddell

    No single commercial or governmental agency has as big an influence on financial planners and investment advisors as the Securities and Exchange Commission. Moreover, within...

  • Your New Partners?

    Savita Iyer-Ahrestani, Savita Iyer-Ahrestani

    Even as interest rates continue to rise and some experts predict that the next economic downturn is on its way, many eager investors are still...

  • Family Tree of Life

    Staff Writer

    In every family, sooner or later a patriarch arises who through the use of artful and prudent planning provides not only for his immediate family,...

  • Fidelity Still Gaining on Schwab

    Staff Writer

    Schwab virtually invented the custodian business for RIAs serving high-net worth individuals. In the late 1990s, about 75% of the all new assets flowing into...

  • The Chilling Effect of Rumors

    Staff Writer

    This year marks the seventh anni-versary of the Long-Term Capital Management meltdown, but the shadow cast by the collapse of the highly leveraged bond hedge...

  • Let's Call a Broker, a Broker

    Staff Writer

    Regarding the SEC's "Merrill" rule ("Brokers Win a Round," May 2005), of course it is confusing to investors when they try to decide who will...

  • You Can Fight the SEC

    Staff Writer

    On April 14, the Securities & Exchange Commission agreed to pay $102,969 in attorney's fees incurred by one Charles D. Elliot III in fighting an...

  • Skill or Luck?

    Staff Writer

    To illustrate the idea of market predictability--or unpredictability--imagine that you held a national coin-flipping competition, and enlisted exactly 200 million participants. To play the game,...

  • THE GLUCK REPORT, Part I: Not Quite Ready

    Staff Writer

    The news from Fidelity was big. "Fidelity Investments today an- nounced an integrated technology platform that will be the first in the industry to combine...

  • A Brief History of Bad Advice

    Bob Clark, Bob Clark

    Harvard philosophy professor George Santayana famously said: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Well, maybe. But I've found that, like...

  • About The Manager

    Staff Writer

    Harindra de Silva is manager of the Analytic Defensive Equity Fund, but he plays a much larger role within Analytic Investors Inc. He is responsible...

  • Who's in Charge?

    Melanie Waddell

    As the turf war between state and federal regulators rages on, industry officials are debating whether that competition is good for investors. Ron Rhoades, chief...

  • Shift to Save

    Staff Writer

    Here are two examples of how income shifting helps clients pay for a child's education: Example #1: A student's college expenses are $20,000 per year In this...

  • About The Planners

    Staff Writer

    Norman M. Boone, MBA, CFP President, founder Boone Financial Advisors, Inc. 433 California Street, Suite 520 San Francisco, California 94104 415-788-1952 www.booneadvisors.com nboone@booneadvisors.com Year practice began: 1987 Number of advisors in office: 6 CFPs,...

  • Progress for Pension Reform

    Melanie Waddell

    Members of Congress and the Department of Labor (DOL) are moving full steam ahead with their plans to reform the pension system. In late April, Reps....

  • Nixon in China

    Staff Writer

    There are many worried conversations these days in financial and political circles about China--the demographic, economic, and military behemoth. To feed its red-hot economy, China...

  • The Secret of My Succession

    Olivia Mellan

    Louis XV of France may have been the last CEO to have a firm grip on the succession issue. His mistress, Madame de Pompadour, told...

  • A B/D Where Technology is King

    Staff Writer

    Lon Dolber, the founder and CEO of American Portfolios Financial Services in Holbrook, New York, sees himself not only as the head of a broker/dealer,...

  • The Tripping Point

    Mark Tibergien

    In Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling book, The Tipping Point (Little, Brown and Company, 2000), he explores the phenomenon of "social epidemics," those wild, raging trends which...

  • Reg Rigmarole Crippling Fund Firms

    Staff Writer

    Mutual fund officials told Congress last month that fund firms are drowning in the deluge of SEC rules they've come under in the last year...

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