Investment Advisor-October 2005

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  • THE GLUCK REPORT, Part II: Happy Ending for IDS?

    Staff Writer

    Integrated Decision Systems, the portfolio management software company that lost its venture-capital funding after it was selected as the centerpiece for Fidelity's new integrated technology...

  • Rules of the Road

    Staff Writer

    Financial planners can have significant impact on their female clients while building long-term relationships. Knowing your clients well and applying a few simple strategies can...

  • The Right Questions

    Staff Writer

    In evaluating the new disclosures required of mutual funds, it's wise to ask these questions: Portfolio holdings. Is the portfolio manager adhering to the stated objective? Risk...

  • Cheryl Holland, CFP

    Staff Writer

    President Abacus Planning Group 3200 Devine Street, Suite 101 Columbia, South Carolina 29205 803-933-0054 www.abacusplanninggroup.com Clients: 130 Clientele: Closely-held business owners; recently divorced or widowed individuals; professionals Compensation method: Fee-only Fee: Combined fee for...

  • Giving With Head as Well as Heart

    Staff Writer

    At a time when Americans are being asked to give generously and then give again to help rebuild the lives of displaced evacuees of Hurricane...

  • Looking Back

    Staff Writer

    As the great Benjamin Franklin so aptly put it, "In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." At Investment Advisor, it's pretty certain...

  • Get Off It, Already

    Staff Writer

    I believe it is time for the FPA to drop this issue regarding the Merrill Rule, trying to disallow brokers from calling themselves financial advisors...

  • The Local Solution

    Staff Writer

    Tip O'Neill said all politics is local. The corollary for financial planners and investment advisors--at least for those who are independent and independent minded--is that...

  • Portable Alpha Investing

    Staff Writer

    Institutions seeking better risk-adjusted returns are increasingly employing a portable alpha approach, in some cases using this method to invest with multistrategy hedge fund managers...

  • Financials Come in All Flavors

    Staff Writer

    Financial services stocks have bloomed under a benign climate of historically low interest rates the past few years. Now that the Federal Reserve is committed...

  • Behind the Numbers, with Mark Balasa

    Staff Writer

    The Alpha Group has the lowest cash allocation of any of our panelists, simply because, according to Mark Balasa, while cash is safe, there are...

  • A Pioneer Passes Away

    Staff Writer

    The financial planning pioneer, author, association leader, and mentor Harold W. Gourgues Jr. died of pancreatic cancer on August 18 at age 67; his funeral...

  • Large Cap or Small?

    Ben Warwick

    When it comes to stocks, size matters. Since 1999, the small-cap Russell 2000 index returned nearly 60%, while its large-cap counterpart--the Russell 1000--has managed only...

  • After the Flood

    Bob Clark, Bob Clark

    Bob Reed considers himself one of the lucky ones. When Hurricane Katrina took its unexpected final turn toward the Gulf Coast, the Covington, Louisiana, financial...

  • THE GLUCK REPORT, Part I: Enter the Giant

    Staff Writer

    In what could emerge as a pivotal development in the evolution of the independent advisor segment of the financial services industry, Intuit is launching a...

  • Relief Pitcher

    Kate McBride

    In the category of timely topics, you can't get much that's fresher than this: in our spotlight this month we've got municipal bonds, the alternative...

  • Gender Focus

    Staff Writer

    Since January of this year, when Lawrence Summers, president of Harvard University, declared in a speech that women may be genetically less capable in mathematics...

  • The Wisdom of the Crowd

    Staff Writer

    In the past five years, financial services practice values have moved steadily upward in the open market to well over two times gross revenues. Is...

  • Tax Resources on the Internet

    Staff Writer

    For many advisors, especially those who are not accountants by trade or education, the federal tax code with its constant updates and private letter rulings...

  • No "I" in Team

    Bob Keane

    In talking to Cheryl Holland about the Abacus Planning Group, her Columbia, South Carolina-based firm, perhaps the most striking thing is how little she uses...

  • Catching Up With . . . Kathleen Camilli

    Kate McBride

    Just before Hurricane Katrina struck a glancing category 1 blow at south Florida and then roared through the Gulf of Mexico to devastate Louisiana and...

  • Welcome to the Family

    Melanie Waddell

    Becoming a wealth manager. It's an issue that more and more independent advisors are grappling with these days as industry consultants continue to warn them...

  • What's Old Is New

    Staff Writer

    There was a time when defined benefit (DB) pension plans were the only retirement game in town. Employers took responsibility for setting up the plans,...

  • Family Feud

    Olivia Mellan

    When Rupert Murdoch's oldest son recently left News Corp., where he was being groomed to succeed his father, it was a reminder of the powerful...

  • How Bleak Is Your Future?

    Mark Tibergien

    While I personally find it impossible to predict future events with much accuracy, I'm often intrigued by how others see the stars aligning. Should I...

  • Privileged Membership

    Kate McBride

    Perhaps this year more than most in recent memory, current events underscore the fact that membership in a professional association can help an advisor develop...

  • Speeding Up the Process

    Staff Writer

    Five years ago, it took over seven months to complete the sale of a financial services practice, from listing to closing. Now, data gathered for...

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