Research Magazine-April 2012

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  • Pursuing Simplicity

    Ellen Uzelac

    The financial advisors job has never been more complex. But in a departure from traditional thinking, business development leaders are urging advisors to do something that seems almost counterintuitive: Keep it simple.

  • Powerful Potential

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) / Southern Company (SO)

  • The Measured Approach to Value

    Gerald Burstyn

    Tevye the milkman.Hes not the first person who comes to mind for the average value investor, but according to value guru Vitaliy Katsenelson, we can learn a lot from Tevye.

  • Beware the App: Will Technology Replace Advisors?

    Bill Miller

    Dont you think, I asked the broker, if you can reposition someones portfolio to match any given model with a couple of clicks, that eventually the technology will be available for your clients to do something similar?

  • Stats Show Bond Fund Shift

    Janet Levaux

    Since the 2008 financial crisis, the intermediate-term bond category has grown from less than $500 billion in assets to nearly $930 billion.

  • Steady Streams

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    American Water Works (AWK) / Aqua America / American Water Works (AWK)

  • U.S. Bancorp Enters Arena

    Ron DeLegge

    The ETF marketplace is getting ready for another new face: U.S. Bancorp Fund Services.

  • BlackRock Adds Bond Sectors

    Ron DeLegge

    BlackRock, sponsor of the iShares ETFs, launched seven bond ETFs focused on specific segments within the fixed income market.

  • Tapping Energy Prices

    Ron DeLegge

    Oil prices have been increasing this year, spurring investors to look for ways to hedge against inflationary pressures.

  • Going for Foreign Beta

    Ron DeLegge

    Invesco PowerShares Capital Management added two high beta ETFs, focusing on emerging markets and developed international stocks.

  • Determined Deliveries

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Alliance Resource Partners LP (ARLP) / Natural Resource Partners (NRP)

  • Baird Growing Revenues at 12.5% Annual Clip

    Janet Levaux

    Milwaukee-based Baird says it has recruited close to 250 advisors over the past two years or so, and its veteran reps have been boosting average fees and commissions by about 12.5% in 2010 and 2011, putting its year-over-year performance ahead of some larger rivals.

  • Guide to ETP Taxation

    Janet Levaux

    While ETFs are generally regarded as tax-efficient investments, the multiplicity of product structures in the ETP market has created a maze of confusing possible outcomes.

  • Evidence Over Ideology

    Bob Seawright

    In the words of the great Benjamin Graham, an investors chief problem and even his worst enemy is likely to be himself.

  • Complexity Theorist

    Ellen Uzelac

    For years, atmospheric sciences professor Tim Garrett has been intensely curious as many are about what actually drives financial wealth.

  • I Hereby Bequeath

    Bill Good

    When times are tough and uncertain, investors cling to their current advisor.

  • The Third Choice

    Kenneth Silber

    Americans Elect is an organization that aims to provide an alternative to the Democratic and Republican candidates in this years presidential elections.

  • Clearing Firms’ Expanded Mission

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Financial advisor Bruce G. Allen, who catered to HNW individuals in Denver, staunchly survived the 2008-09 financial crisis and was ready to embark on a growth program only problem was, he didnt know how to do that.

  • European Stagnation

    Alexei Bayer

    When the financial system faces a major bankruptcy, one that is large enough to threaten its health, it often makes sense to buy time. Regulators, central bankers, multilateral lenders and governments.

  • Digging for Bargains

    Ron DeLegge

    As 2012 develops, one unchanged investment trend is the continued expansion of the ETF universe.

  • Compelling Dynamics

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Technological innovation has played a prime role in America’s economic success, and current developments in oil and natural gas drilling techniques…

  • Global X Goes ‘Permanent’

    Ron DeLegge

    Of all the investment strategy funds that have recently debuted, it was just a matter of time before the ETF industry would launch a Permanent Portfolio fund. In February, New York-based Global X Funds introduced the Global X Permanent ETF (PERM).

  • From Backstage to Spotlight

    Janet Levaux

    The Russell 3000, which covers roughly 99% of the U.S. stock market, is among the Tacoma, Wash.-based firms expanding product menu.

  • Merrill, Goldman, Seafarer Launch Funds


    Bank of America said recently that it launched the Merrill Edge Select Portfolios to give its mass-affluent clients access to actively managed, diversified portfolios with a minimum balance requirement of $20,000 and a 1% yearly management fee.

  • Industry Crossroads

    Barry Russell

    The American oil and natural gas industry finds itself once again at a dramatic political crossroads in 2012.

  • A Disciplined Approach

    Robert Tyndall

    This months cover story (Pursuing Simplicity) discusses a renewed emphasis on focus and organization on the part of financial advisors in managing their practices.

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