Investment Advisor-June 2015

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  • When Does Money Matter Most?

    James J. Green

    In research reported in Psychology and Aging, Michigan State researchers confirmed a link between income and happiness, especially at certain times of life.

  • Physics and Innovation


    While Ive never seen any good research on the topic, anecdotally Ive met many investment advisors who have hard-science backgrounds, at least on the undergraduate level, and areas like economics and mathematics are at least sciences (our own Ben Warwick has undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering, physics and chemistry, in...

  • Understanding Market Making for ETFs

    Noah Hamman

    While structural similarities exist between ETFs and individual stock issues, there are differences investors must understand in order to use ETFs effectively.

  • SEC, FINRA Issue Robo-Advisor Warning


    Robo-advisors have been newsworthy for some time, but a new level was reached in early May when Vanguard announced the launch of Vanguard Personal Advisor Services, a hybrid approach that combines robo-advisor technology and real advisors.

  • Are Women More Open to Dealing With the New?


    Will new robo-assistant technology find faster adoption among women? Kim Dellarocca, managing director of Pershing LLC, won't be surprised if that's the case. She pointed out that women juggling career and family are especially time-pressured, and hence may be more strongly attracted to digital efficiencies.

  • Still Working?

    James J. Green

    Some of you may recall that I wrote several months ago about my personal house hunting and how technology has changed the way that homes are marketed and sold.

  • Who’s Your Robo?

    Bob Clark

    In today's digital world, online service is largely an oxymoron. That's why I'm not too worried about the threat of robo-advisors.

  • Marketing Matters to Firms That Want to Grow

    Eliza De Pardo, Dan Inveen

    For many advisory firms, deliberately focusing on attracting new prospects and converting them to clients is a function that is all too convenient to ignore.

  • The Benefits of Reverse Mentorship

    Mark Tibergien

    Age sometimes begets hubris, a state of exaggerated self-confidence based on the belief that one has seen it all. As the abridged quote from Proverbs says, Pride goeth before a fall.

  • The 2015 Broker-Dealer Presidents Poll

    James J. Green

    Broker-dealer presidents are fierce competitors, and while they may cooperate in areas of advocacyas they do notably as members of the Financial Services Institutethey all want nearly the same representatives.

  • Is it Time to Switch to An Apple-Based Platform?


    Whenever you are thinking about upgrading to a new operating system, it is also a good time to evaluate switching operating systems entirely. Not that the release of Windows 10 alone should directly influence your firm in changing to an Apple-based platform, but you should review and reconfirm your criteria...

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