Investment Advisor-March 2012

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  • The Gender Trap

    Noreen Beaman

    The World Economic Forums recent Global Gender Gap Report notes that 85% of the 135 countries surveyed in 2011, Saudi Arabia included, have made progress in the past year toward gender equality.

  • The Client. The Client. The Client.

    James J. Green

    The last words of General of the Army Douglas MacArthurs farewell speech at West Point went like this: when I cross the river, my last conscious thoughts will be of the Corps, the Corps, the Corps.

  • The Breakfast Club

    John Sullivan

    The orgy of pessimism from keynote speakers at TD Ameritrades recent conference in Orlando had organizers double-stocking the hotel minibars.

  • Advisors Weigh In on Presidential Race

    Melanie Waddell

    A recent poll of individual advisor members of the Financial Services Institute (FSI) found that those representatives overwhelmingly believe former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will win the Republican presidential nomination, the Senate will shift to Republican control and that the economy will stay flat while taxes will go up.

  • DOL Releases Long-Awaited 401(k) Fee Disclosure Rule

    Melanie Waddell

    The Department of Labors Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) released in early February its long-awaited final rule on 401(k) fee disclosures, rule 408(b)(2), and in doing so extended the compliance date to July 1.

  • Sticks and Stones

    Angie Herbers

    I recently received a letter from a reader that raised a very important topic: verbal abuse in the workplace.

  • How Green Was My Policy

    Marlene Y. Satter

    As the headlines over extreme weather conditions and the cost of natural disasters swell, some insurance companies are rising to the challenge.

  • A Sterling Reputation

    John Sullivan

    The boys at Sterling Global Strategies started their independent firm in late 2008; yes, 2008.

  • 5 Simple Steps for Fund Success

    John Sullivan

    Four CFAs plus a five-step due diligence process equals solid performance for the money managers at TAMRO Capital Partners and their Aston/TAMRO Diversified Equity Fund (ATLVX)

  • Under Pressure

    Mike Patton

    The anemic economic recovery has been in the forefront of the news for several years now.

  • Seven Steps to Increase Referrals

    Dan Allison, Kirk J. Hulett

    Referrals fuel the financial services industry, and without them your client base could plateau and eventually dwindle.

  • Invest in ‘The Lucky Country’ via ETFs

    Vaughan Scully

    Since the Great Recession started to take shape in 2008, one mega-theme has dominated financial markets around the world: the avoidance of risk at any cost.

  • Turning Inside Out

    Mark Tibergien

    Generally speaking, activities that are core to your brand and offering should be managed in house while those activities that are incidental or supplemental to your vision and strategy make good choices for outsourcing.

  • Everything Old is New Again

    Bob Clark

    I recently received an email from an advisor who took issue with much of the premise behind my November 2011 Investment Advisor column: Not Your Fathers Commodity Investments.

  • Post-Election Estate Tax Fix?

    Melanie Waddell

    Tax issues will figure prominently in the goings-on in Washington this presidential election year, with the consensus among tax specialists being that Congress is most likely to address the estate tax when it decides late this year whether to extend the Bush tax cuts.

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