Research Magazine-August 2008

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  • Benchmarking in Tough Times

    Staff Writer

    Look at your calendar. We've already reached the half-way point of the year. How are your clients' portfolios doing? Right now is a good time...

  • Revisiting Financials

    Staff Writer

    The noise surrounding the financial sector has calmed down a bit. That however, does not indicate that the worst is over. Advisors and investors alike...

  • Free, But Not Cheap

    Mary Scott

    Why do so many people live beyond their means? Or why do people plan to diet and exercise, but fail to do so? Or why...

  • AIG Taps Jeff Auld to Head Two Firms

    Janet Levaux

    AIG Advisor Group says Jeffrey M. Auld is now president and CEO of AIG Financial Advisors and American General Securities. Auld succeeds James R. Cannon,...

  • Murdoch's Global Dow Index

    Staff Writer

    On August 4, Dow Jones Indexes, a leading global index provider, launched the Global Dow, an index with components are selected by the editors of...

  • The Oil 'Bubble'

    Staff Writer

    West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil (WTI), as measured by the United States Oil Fund (USO) has doubled in the past 12 months. Investors and consumers,...

  • The Donut-Eaters

    Bill Miller

    Back in the early 1800s, when I started my financial career as an advisor, we prospected for clients the old-fashioned way -- by knocking on...

  • Smaller Stocks Holding Up

    Staff Writer

    This year, there haven't been many havens for stock investors, but two areas are holding their own: small- and mid-size company stocks. ETFs following mid- and...

  • Kids' College vs. Parents' Retirement

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    If your clients are complaining about the increasing difficulty of both saving for their kids' education and putting funds away for retirement, pay attention. A...

  • Morgan Stanley Shares Q2 Results

    Janet Levaux

    Morgan Stanley says income from continuing operations in the second quarter ended May 31, 2008, was $1 billion compared with $2.4 billion in the second...

  • Room to Improve

    Staff Writer

    Every financial advisor comes to the business with a different mix of personal strengths and weaknesses. Top producers aren't necessarily worthier than those who are...

  • Deutsche Bank Launches Value-Focused ETNs

    Staff Writer

    Deutsche Bank has announced it will issue ELEMENTS exchange-traded notes (ETNs) linked to Benjamin Graham Intelligent Value Indices. Benjamin Graham ELEMENTS ETNs are senior unsecured obligations...

  • BGI, Upromise Team Up on 529s

    Staff Writer

    Barclays Global Investors and Upromise Investments have introduced the iShares 529 Plan. It'll be the first 529 plan designed with portfolios that invest exclusively in iShares...

  • SPDRs Spins New Sector Funds

    Staff Writer

    State Street Global has introduced 10 new international exchange-traded funds. The new set of funds provides exposure to international industry sectors. Each ETF is linked...

  • Van Eck Targets Mideast

    Staff Writer

    When it rains, it pours. And lately, it's been pouring Middle East-focused exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Van Eck Global is the latest provider to introduce an...

  • Leverage, Inverse Offerings Expand

    Staff Writer

    Rydex Investments has launched eight new exchange-traded funds on the American Stock Exchange. The funds, known as RydexShares, will provide leveraged and inverse exposure to Select...

  • GLD (Finally) Gets Options

    Staff Writer

    After a long four-year wait, trading of call and put options on the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) has finally come to pass. The regulatory hurdles...

  • What Has Your Wholesaler Done for You Lately?

    Ellen Uzelac

    As financial advisors abandon their traditional transactional-based business model for something more holistic, one key player has largely failed to keep up: the wholesaler. As Ray...

  • Lifting Forecasts

    Staff Writer

    Gold and other metals are in favor thanks to a variety of secular and seasonal factors that are supporting commodities in general, equity analysts say. --- Daniel...

  • From Bismarck to Bush

    Kenneth Silber

    On November 17, 1881, German Kaiser Wilhelm I issued an imperial decree stating that "those who are disabled from work by age and invalidity have...

  • So Many Choices!

    Staff Writer

    It's easy to become giddy with the growing number of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and all the investment opportunities that they offer. Nevertheless, a new obstacle has...

  • Investor Spending: Risk

    Francois Gadenne

    A generic retirement planning process should first build a floor under the retiree's income and spending risks. In a second stage, it should create upside...

  • A Rich Inheritance

    Ellen Uzelac

    Ethical wills, first popularized in the Middle Ages, are making a modern-day comeback -- linking the "soft" and "hard" sides of estate and financial planning. Leading...

  • Wholesalers: The Whole Truth

    Patricia J. Abram

    What do financial advisors really want? (Ask yourself what you really want.) And how can they get it? To help answer these questions, CEG Worldwide...

  • Hot Prospects

    Bill Good

    Author's Note: August 12 is a big day for me. Scribner will publish my new book, Hot Prospects: The Proven Prospecting System to Ramp Up...

  • Portrait of a Rookie (Part III)

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Up-and-at-'em at 5:30 in the morning for a pre-breakfast military-style work-out in the park: push-ups, weight-lifting, a two-mile run. Is boot camp any way for...

  • Study Finds Some Plans in Good Shape

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    There's good news for your clients enrolled in pension plans at the largest U.S. companies. According to a Mercer study, in 2007, the financial health of...

  • Five Questions for the Retirement Advisor

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Marilyn Littlejohn, CFP, branch manager, Raymond James & Associates Inc., St. Petersburg, Fla. 1. Which retirement issue has hit you or your clients out of left...

  • Covering the Costs of Long-Term Care

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    A recent survey by the Lincoln Retirement Institute (or LRI) points to a long-term care risk exposure among boomers. The results showed that many boomers...

  • Japan: Closed for Remodeling

    Alexei Bayer

    Japan is amazing. Its economy stagnated for nearly two decades even as the rest of the world experienced dynamic economic growth, a technology revolution and...

  • Meaning in Money

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    She's not a numbers person, unlike many financial advisors. What's fascinating instead to 24-year wirehouse veteran Susan McCarthy is the emotional relationship clients have with...

  • Oil's Not Well

    Alexei Bayer

    The residential area around Columbia University is very quiet on summer afternoons. Some local restaurants don't bother to serve lunch, and empty tables at Metisse,...

  • Passing the Baton

    Marie Swift

    Most small-business owners don't have an exit strategy -- and that's just as true for financial advisory firms as it is for their business-owner clients....

  • Q&A with Keith Styrcula

    David Macchia

    Last year structured products sales in the U.S. increased to $117 Billion. And while most sales of structured products have occurred in the institutional and...

  • Consultant Says: FAs Should Go Blue!

    Janet Levaux

    Consultant Says: FAs Should Go Blue!(Hollywood, Fla.) Roch Parayre of Wharton spoke during Pershing's INSITE 2008 on how advisors can benefit from the ideas in...

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