Research Magazine-April 2008

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  • Claymore Revamps Product Line

    Staff Writer

    One week after announcing 11 ETF closures, Claymore Securities introduced three new funds. The new products are designed to follow broad markets representing the value...

  • Commodities Shine in Current Market

    Staff Writer

    The bull market that left the stock market has rediscovered itself in commodities. One of the latest commodity funds to hit the ETF market is the...

  • Well Positioned

    Staff Writer

    Strong domestic and international usage in 2008 should benefit the coal sector, analysts say. --- David M. Khani, CFAFriedman, Billings & Ramseydkhani@fbr.com Outlook: Though utility inventory is still...

  • The Other Half of the Indexing Debate

    Staff Writer

    Over the past few years, investors have been entertained by the mudslinging between two distinct camps of index investing: traditional indexers vs. fundamental indexers. The first...

  • Swami Marketing

    Bill Miller

    Just the other day, I visited a friend of mine at his office. While I was waiting in the lobby, I happened to pick up...

  • Advisors Changing Product Mix

    Staff Writer

    Mutual funds have long been the investment vehicle of choice for many investors and financial advisors, but changing times may be on the way. A...

  • Industry Groups Support SEC Summary Proposal

    Janet Levaux

    The fund industry's Investment Company Institute says it agrees with federal regulators over the practice of supplying fund investors with short, simple summary prospectuses. The...

  • India ETF Debuts on NYSE Arca

    Staff Writer

    The PowerShares India Portfolio (PIN) began trading March 5 on the NYSE Arca. The new fund follows the Indus India Index which provides coverage to industry...

  • Fund Focus: Financial/Banking Products

    Staff Writer

    Despite the stunning fall of Bear Stearns, banking and financial ETFs rebounded a bit from their earlier-in-the-year market lows. They are, however, still lagging way...

  • Optimism on Gold-ETF Options

    Staff Writer

    It appears the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have agreed to resolve jurisdictional authority with regard to...

  • Bonds Rise in Stature, as Cash Becomes King

    Janet Levaux

    In the first month of 2008, stock and bond funds tracked by Financial Research Corporation had net outflows of nearly $23 billion. Government funds, however,...

  • State Street Seeks Foreign Dividends

    Staff Writer

    State Street Global Advisors, the investment management arm of State Street Corporation, has launched the SPDR S&P International Dividend ETF (DWX). The fund will track...

  • For Wachovia, 'With' Is the Magic Word

    Janet Levaux

    Wachovia Securities, now based in St. Louis, has a new national advertising campaign that aims to convey "the power created by its union with A.G....

  • Greenhaven Tracks Reuters

    Staff Writer

    As the interest in commodity investments grows, ETF providers are trying to meet that demand. The Greenhaven Continuous Commodity Index Fund (GCC) is the latest...

  • Substituting Stocks with ETFs

    Staff Writer

    For investors sitting on big-time stock losses, now might be a good time for a spring cleaning. In the past year, Washington Mutual (WM) has lost...

  • Munibond ETFs Are Screaming Opportunity

    Staff Writer

    When was the last time municipal bond yields were higher than those of U.S. Treasury bonds? As of March 5, the SPDR Lehman Municipal Bond ETF...

  • LPL Financial Taps Feeney as CIO

    Janet Levaux

    LPL Financial has named Chris Feeney as chief information officer. He reports to Esther Stearns, president and COO, and is responsible for overseeing the firm's...

  • ETF Assets Rise by $36 Billion

    Staff Writer

    According to the Investment Company Institute, or ICI, the combined assets of U.S. ETFs increased by $36.30 billion to $608.42 billion in December. The latest asset...

  • A Test of Trust

    Staff Writer

    It seems that each passing day brings more bad economic news: a softening job market; weak retail sales; deepening bank troubles; record foreclosures; a shaky...

  • Specialized Gold Notes Launched

    Staff Writer

    Deutsche Bank has issued three specialized exchange-traded notes (ETNs) linked to gold. The DB Gold Double Long ETN (DGP) aims to provide double monthly upside...

  • Generating Growth

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Diversified electric utilities are proving their ability to grow earnings in a challenging environment, analysts say. --- Vikas DwivediMorgan StanleyVikas.Dwivedi@morganstanley.com Sector Outlook: We continue to view our sector...

  • Going the Extra Mile

    Staff Writer

    I catch up with Joe Calloway in the hotel lobby during OneVoice, the 2008 Broker-Dealer Conference organized by the Financial Services Institute. A busy man...

  • Getting Hands-On

    Staff Writer

    Over the past several years the exchange-traded funds industry has attempted to bring actively managed funds to market without much success. But a reversal of...

  • Stagflation Nation

    Alexei Bayer

    About a year ago, I was interviewing the head of a New York City-based broker-dealer for my Research column. The conversation turned to inflation --...

  • Wealth of Data

    Ellen Uzelac

    America's fascination with the uber-rich has been fed by TV shows, movies, magazines. Now, a new book, Get Rich, Stay Rich, Pass It On, reveals...

  • Learning the ABCs of ETFs

    Staff Writer

    Few could have predicted that the rise of exchange-traded funds as mainstream investment products would happen so swiftly. As index funds that trade like stocks,...

  • NAVA Confab Showcases Growth and '08 Direction

    Janet Levaux

    NAVA, the association for insured retirement solutions, is upbeat about the state of the industry's main initiatives in public relations and regulatory affairs, according to...

  • Excellent Presentation

    Bill Good

    I have known many outstanding investors who have not survived as financial advisors. Perhaps in a subsequent business life, they will be reincarnated as quants...

  • Fidelity Shares Survey Results, Settles with SEC

    Janet Levaux

    Fidelity Investments and National Financial have released new research on Individual Retirement Account ownership. The research shows that, despite 2007 being a year of financial...

  • Seeking Simplicity

    Mary Scott

    Do you remember when Microsoft first introduced PowerPoint in the early 1990s? We all thought it was so great. Now our presentations could easily include...

  • The Go-Go Sixties

    Kenneth Silber

    For a decade that would be remembered as Wall Street's "go-go years," the 1960s began in an unpromising way. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which...

  • Finding (and Keeping) Wealthier Clients

    Patricia J. Abram

    Financial advisors understand that with increasing competition, downward pressure on fees and commissions, and rising expenses and compliance costs, finding and satisfying wealthy clients has...

  • Caveat Vendor

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    It began with nothing but the best intentions: Financial advisors wanting to reap higher yields for their retail clients -- and in the process also...

  • Keeping Up with Connelly

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Some take shelter in the safe and familiar. Others seek the scary and unknown. That's Elizabeth Connelly. She's driven by the rush of risk-taking. It's because...

  • Combo Products

    Francois Gadenne

    Retirement income is in the news and several companies have responded to the increasingly visible shift from investment accumulation to income distribution by announcing new...

  • Talking Turbulence

    Marie Swift

    What did you do to communicate with your clients during the market downturn earlier this year? If you answered "nothing," or had to stop and...

  • More than Just Clearing

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Financial advisors are quick to call theirs a people-to-people business; and since they're out on the front lines, that's completely correct. But now some traditionally backstage...

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