Investment Advisor-October 2011

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  • Stumbling on Happiness

    Angie Herbers

    One of the more interesting aspects of consulting with independent advisory firms is that if you work with enough firms for a long enough time, youll see some results that you not only didnt expect, but you couldnt have predicted.

  • The Long and Winding Road

    Marlene Y. Satter

    Natural disasters are growing more frequent and severe, their collective losses taking an ever greater toll on insurers and reinsurers$23.5 billion from tornadoes and other severe weather in the United States in the first half of 2011 alone, according to Munich Re.

  • How Scalable Is Your Firm’s Technology?

    Dan Skiles

    Whenever we experience significant market volatilityspecifically to the downsidethe pressure on advisors to respond efficiently and effectively can increase dramatically.

  • Managing Wealth in a Post-9/11 World

    Jeff Joseph

    I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to be a financial advisor still clinging to the old axioms of wealth management in our post-9/11 world.

  • Separate but Equal?

    Bob Clark

    To hear Duane Thompson tell it, now that the Republicans have control of the House of Representatives, a bill authorizing a self-regulatory organization for investment advisors any time soon is unlikely.

  • The Gold Buying Guide

    Peter Schiff

    With so much interest in the gold and silver market, most financial professionals are getting flooded with questions about how best to gain exposure to precious metals.

  • The Faces of Risk

    Olivia Mellan

    People often think of risk as a negative, but risk tolerance is a balance point between too much risk and not enough risk.

  • SEC Adopts Family Office Rule

    Thomas D. Giachetti

    Tom Giachetti interviews Stark & Stark colleague Matt Jacobs on the key provisions of the SEC's family office rule and what it means for wealth managers.

  • Lifestyle and Growth

    James J. Green

    When people Ive just met learn what I do for a living, their first question inevitably is Where should I invest?

  • Your Silver Bullet

    John Sullivan

    At a gathering of the Young Turks of technology, the excitement over integration (yes, integration) was palpable.

  • Through the Roof

    Savita Iyer-Ahrestani

    When the Internet boom hit Ireland in the early 1990s, one of the first sectors of the economy to benefit from the creation of new jobs and the spike in wages was the real estate market.

  • Floating Over Volatility

    John Sullivan

    Smooth out the volatility. Give up the full return potential for downside protection. Clients wont experience the high-highs, but they wont fall victim to the low-lows either.

  • Recession Imminent?

    Mike Patton

    The U.S. economy is a highly-complex, multifaceted mechanism.

  • As Good as it Gets

    John Sullivan

    At some point, we all need a John Gagliardi in our lives.

  • Building Trust With Tech

    John Sullivan

    Frank Maioranos vision for clearing and custodial firm Trust Company of America includes a cutting-edge push into tablet technology.

  • SRO Bill May Arrive This Fall

    Melanie Waddell

    Lawmakers and industry officials debated the merits in mid-September of whether there should be a self-regulatory organization (SRO) for advisors, and at least one industry official says to expect SRO legislation from the House this fall.

  • The Mixed State of the Advisor Market

    Melanie Waddell

    Recent snapshots of the advisory industrys mergers and acquisition activity, along with new data on the growth and decline in advisory channels, show that as wirehouse advisors are slowly shrinking, the business model of choice has become being dually registered advisors.

  • Gold Standard

    Steve Weydert, CFP, MS

    Aug. 15, 2011, marked the 40th anniversary of the U.S. default on the dollars convertibility into gold.

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