Research Magazine-April 2013

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  • On the Road to Independence

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    The dream of energy independence for the United States of America is fast becoming a reality.

  • Bonuses Up 8%: Report

    Janet Levaux

    Wall Street bonuses should be up about 8% this season and total $20 billion, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. But experts caution that this increase doesnt necessarily translate into much these days for advisors.

  • Springtime for Advisors

    Robert Tyndall

    This months cover story details an ambitious new training program that Merrill Lynch is undertaking.

  • When Clients Get in Trouble: The Behavioral Reasons

    Ron DeLegge

    When your clients ask, Why is this fund not up as much as the market? or "Why don't we invest in just a handful of top-performing stocks?" there could be a behavior disorder lurking behind the questions.

  • Sidebar: Top Tactics for Getting Clients

    Ellen Uzelac

    When Merrill Lynch Wealth Management executives surveyed their top 250 acquiring financial advisors last year, the firm identified several key tactical client acquisition strategies responsible for the majority of new business results.

  • Digging Deep

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Coal companies continue to generate solid earnings results and attractive yields.

  • Powering Forward

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Electric utilities stay focused on improving their operations and management to ensure that results for shareholders are sustainable.

  • Seeking Less Uncertainty

    Ron DeLegge

    Although stock market volatility as measured by the CBOE S&P 500 VIX has bottomed near pre-financial crisis lows, interest in ETFs that minimize rollercoaster moves hasnt slowed.

  • Vanguard, PIMCO Top ’12 Global Funds

    Janet Levaux

    While Vanguard and PIMCO have continually proven their strength in the U.S. marketplace in recent years, a Morningstar study released in March shows the two firms had a stellar 2012 worldwide.

  • Your Optimum Day

    Bill Good

    To create an optimum day, I guess we better define one.

  • Enthused About Innovation

    William H. Belden III

    William H. Belden, III is a managing director and head of product development at Guggenheim Investments.

  • Searching for Optimal ETF Portfolios


    Building optimal investment portfolios that combine the desired qualities of high returns with minimal risk is like searching for the Holy Grail. Everyone’s…

  • Fluid Performance

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Profits and dividends keep streaming from water company stocks.

  • Merrill Bulks Up Training

    Ellen Uzelac

    In a bold bid to boost performance, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management has re-engineered its iconic training program.

  • Moving Ahead

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    The United States continues to move toward energy independence with oil-and-natural gas industry exploration and production (E&P) companies playing an important role in that trend.

  • Metal Gets Less Precious

    Ron DeLegge

    Never mind that gold is posting year-to-date losses and never mind that gold mining stocks are already in a bear market. Is this the start of bad things to come for gold investors?

  • Experts Tackle Theories, Trends at Event

    Janet Levaux

    (Hollywood, Fla.) The Morningstar Ibbotson Conference 2013 had an informative and ground-breaking start to its Feb. 21-22 agenda with Roger Ibbotson’s…

  • How to Shake Up Your Marketing

    Ellen Uzelac

    Despite significant structural changes in the industry over the last decade, financial services marketing has remainedas Jay Nagdeman puts itconservative, undisciplined and expensive.

  • Clearing Firms Gain a Human Touch

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Traditionally, clearing firms have helped independent broker-dealers by ruling the back office. Now these durable companies are stepping out front by tuning BDs in to vital growth opportunitiesas well as to potential perils.

  • Raymond James-Morgan Keegan Fully Integrated

    Janet Levaux

    Raymond James said in early March it had wrapped up the conversion of Morgan Keegan operations and clients into Raymond James technology systems, and the Morgan Keegan brand had been retired.

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