Investment Advisor-November 2007

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  • How to Shrink Stress

    Staff Writer

    When stress impinges on your worklife--whether it emanates from work or from home--it can force you into your less functional, primitive survival mode. To return...

  • Better Managed? More Productive

    Staff Writer

    Schwab Institutional conducted its second comprehensive advisor benchmarking study this year, RIA Benchmarking: Growth Trends Study, which included financial and organizational data from more than...

  • About the Manager

    Staff Writer

    Steven Romick has managed the $1.4 billion FPA Crescent Fund since its inception in June 1993, and is trustee, president, and CIO of the fund,...

  • ETF Education

    Kara P. Stapleton

    The industry has fallen short in informing investors about exchange-traded funds (ETF), according to a Rydex survey of 500 mutual fund investors conducted in July....

  • Catching up with... Chet Helck

    James J. Green

    "It had a significant financial impact," admits Chet Helck, when asked about Raymond James's decision last year requiring insurers that wanted to sell annuities through...

  • On the Capitol Hill Agenda

    Melanie Waddell

    Going into the 2008 Presidential election year, Congress has a number of important issues to face, among them addressing the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and...

  • Mid-Sized, Sturdy, and Speedy

    Staff Writer

    Mid-cap growth stocks would seem to be the ideal investment for those seeking high returns and low volatility. Companies from this corner of the market...

  • The Swinging Pendulum

    Marlene Y. Satter

    If you were a doctor or dentist, the decade from 1995-2005 was tough. Insurance companies didn't want to offer disability coverage to doctors and dentists....

  • Conversation Obligation

    Kara P. Stapleton

    Financial planners want products and services that will facilitate discussions regarding retirement income planning with their clients, according to a new Financial Planning Association study...

  • Group Think

    Staff Writer

    The Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) announced a joint effort to help individuals financially prepare for end-of-life...

  • Upgrades

    Staff Writer

    Barclays Global Investors announced that its iShares S&P California Municipal Bond and New York Municipal Bond funds, each a subset of the S&P National Municipal...

  • The Feeling's Mutual

    Staff Writer

    Nancy Gardner is passionate about her profession and strives to remain professional in all her dealings with clients. Despite her efforts at personal detachment, it's...

  • Defining the Best

    Staff Writer

    Here's how we define "top" firms in small and large categories. Top Small Firm Category Size of Firm: Qualifying small firms have $100 million or less...

  • Funding Retirement in Disability

    Staff Writer

    The newest product on the market is one that allows clients to fund their retirement even though they may be disabled and not working at...

  • The Source of Our Numbers

    Staff Writer

    This article is based on the results of the 2007 Rydex AdvisorBenchmarking survey, completed by 912 RIAs between March and June 2007. Since 1999, Rydex...

  • Rainbow Advisors

    James J. Green

    We rarely bookend the magazine with the same news item or theme, but we are this month. I'm writing in this space about the PridePlanners...

  • Asset Allocation, November 2007

    Staff Writer

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

  • Hedge Funds Recover Quicker

    Jeff Joseph

    As headlines buzz with the news that the subprime mortgage-related turmoil did not, in fact, leave the hedge fund industry in smoking ruins, a report...

  • Nancy Gardner, CFP

    Staff Writer

    Executive Vice President Tanglewood Capital Management 1400 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 550 Houston, Texas 77056 Phone: 713-840-8880 Web site: www.tanglewoodcap.com E-mail: ngardner@tanglewoodcap.com Year practice started: 1979 AUM: $600 million Compensation: Fee-only Number of clients: 370 Client...

  • Changes

    Staff Writer

    Securities and Exchange Commissioner Annette Nazareth announced October 2 her intention to leave the Commission to return to the private sector. With Nazareth's departure, the...

  • NEWS & PRODUCTS, NOVEMBER 2007

    Staff Writer

    Francois Gadenne, founding chairman of the Retirement Income Industry Association (RIIA), says that the next challenge for the financial services industry is coming up with...

  • Keeping It All in Balance

    Staff Writer

    Schwab Institutional # of RIAs: Approximately 5,000 firms Web-based?: Yes, except for Portfolio Center. Cost: Primarily free. Does charge for Portfolio Center. Supports: Advent, dbCAMS, IAS and others Current...

  • Institutional Approach for Individuals

    Elizabeth D. Festa

    As senior financial advisor at Anchor Capital Management Group, Inc., in Irvine, California, Leon James applies the quantitative analysis and strategic asset allocation used with...

  • Stressing for Success

    Olivia Mellan

    What could be more satisfying than the life of a financial advisor? You're helping people solve their problems, get rid of financial pressures, become more...

  • Too Much of a Good Thing

    Susan L. Hirshman

    A rubber band stretched to its limits and then let go will always snap back. Unfortunately, the markets are not as predictable as rubber bands....

  • Draft Picks

    Angie Herbers

    This may be hard to believe, but I can usually gauge whether a financial planning job applicant will make a good employee within the first...

  • The Caring Voice of Reason

    Bob Keane

    "Our clients don't come to us to be their friends," says Nancy Gardner. "They come to us as professionals to manage their money. They want...

  • On the Agenda: Insurance and Ratings

    Melanie Waddell

    The hot topics that Congress will continue to debate this year and into 2008 are whether to create an optional federal regulator for the insurance...

  • Not-Quite-Final Exams

    Staff Writer

    As we enter the final quarter of 2007, it is a good time for tax advisors, and financial planners who work with tax advisors on...

  • The Long and Winding Road

    Mike Patton

    Six months have passed since I became an independent advisor and it has proved to be a very interesting period, to say the least. At...

  • Today's the Day

    Bob Clark, Bob Clark

    I imagine it's bittersweet when one's dire predictions become reality: on one hand, you'd have to be somewhat gratified to know you were right; on...

  • Heirs and Omissions

    Mark Tibergien

    If you had a career wish for your daughter or son, would it be as a financial advisor? If that wish came true, could you...

  • The View From The Top

    James J. Green

    One of the surest signs of the growing importance of the independent advisor business model is the proliferation of studies that seek to unlock the...

  • Confusion and Misinformation

    Thomas D. Giachetti

    One of the things I hope to do through these Expert's Corner articles is to clear up some of the subjects about which many advisors...

  • New Options in 401(k)s

    Melanie Waddell

    A new twist in retirement planning is taking hold: financial services companies are offering immediate annuities and longevity insurance--a deferred annuity--as an option in 401(k)...

  • The Buzz

    Staff Writer

    The following quotes of note were made by IRS officials and tax professionals on recent Tax Talk Today webcasts. "The IRS never really has turned around...

  • Treat All Couples Equally

    Staff Writer

    The recent Prideplanners conference in Washington, D.C., brought with it some sober realities for advisors. Marriage and the recognition of domestic partnerships for gay and...

  • Lines Limned by a "Letters" Lover

    Staff Writer

    Kudos for your Letters to the Editor page in the October issue. You gave a masterful snapshot of the confusion that goes on in the...

  • Give Them What They Want

    Lauren Barack

    Brian Stimpfl has no delusions that TD Ameritrade can provide every possible technology solution to all of its customers. On the other hand, Stimpfl knows...

  • A Lean, Custom Team for Today

    Lewis Schiff

    One of the benefits of multi-disciplinary teams is that they can uncover hidden problems--or details--in a client's financial life. As we saw in last month's...

  • Migration Time

    Kate McBride

    Recent events in the broker/ dealer world may have set the stage for higher than usual firm-to-firm migration by representatives, some of whom have been...

  • Balanced Contrarian

    Kate McBride

    When it comes to investing during turbulent times, it can be very difficult to justify to clients that staying with an asset mix that works...

  • Small Is Beautiful

    Maya Ivanova

    "Bigger is better." It's hard not to buy into it. These days it seems we're conditioned to want the bigger house with the bigger yard...

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