Research Magazine-December 2007

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  • Make 'Em Laugh

    Mary Scott

    I read a book last weekend that turned heads at the hair salon, and prompted a 12-year-old to banish me from the family room, because,...

  • TargetDate ETFs Hit the Street

    Staff Writer

    Among the new exchange-traded funds XShares Advisors recently introduced on NYSE Arca are a series of five target date or "lifestyle" ETFs that range in...

  • 2007-2008: Executive Perspectives

    Janet Levaux

    The past 12 months have been tumultuous for the financial-services industry, with the credit-related write-downs and related changes in leadership, mergers and acquisitions, and stock...

  • Very Important Persons

    Robert Tyndall

    The financial advisory business is said to be a relationship business. As we know, in life as in business, there are all kinds of relationships:...

  • Eric Park

    Ellen Uzelac

    Co-founder Steamboat Financial Group LPL Career Began: 1980 Home Base: Washington, Mo. Civic Affiliations: Washington Rotary Club, Franklin County Humane Society, East Central College When Eric Park was a child, he...

  • Expectations

    Bill Miller

    To quote Johnny Mathis, "It's the most wonderful time of the year." In fact, if you close your eyes and take a deep breath, you can...

  • A Boon to Investors and Advisors

    Alexei Bayer

    There is a bit of down-home feel about my lunch with Noel C. Archard, Head of Product Development at iShares. The restaurant serves traditional Neapolitan...

  • SPA Launches MarketGrader ETFs

    Staff Writer

    SPA ETFs has launched a new series of six exchange-traded funds with underlying fundamentally driven indices designed by U.S. research company MarketGrader to beat the...

  • Retirement Income Meets the Internet

    Janet Levaux

    Fidelity Investments has introduced the Fidelity Retirement Income Evaluator, an online planning tool for managing retirement income plans and building a more efficient and profitable...

  • 2007 Advisor Hall of Fame

    Ellen Uzelac

    Welcome to Research magazine's Advisor Hall of Fame, now in its 17th year. This eagerly anticipated annual feature has become a benchmark of excellence in...

  • PowerShares Debuts Bond Funds

    Staff Writer

    PowerShares Capital Management has expanded its family of fixed-income exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The company has listed five new funds, including an emerging markets fund as well...

  • Lord Abbett's New Shares

    Janet Levaux

    Lord, Abbett & Company has introduced three new share classes for several of its mutual funds: F, R2 and R3. Also, the firm has reclassified...

  • IN BRIEF

    Janet Levaux

    Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price Group says its quarterly results for the three months ended September 30 included net revenues of $571 million, net income of...

  • Fidelity Plans 'WealthCentral'

    Janet Levaux

    Fidelity Investments says it is developing an online wealth- management platform that integrates registered investment advisors' critical operational systems, including portfolio management, customer relationship management...

  • James R. Cotto

    Ellen Uzelac

    Managing Director-Investments Cotto & Padovani Financial Strategies Group Wachovia Securities Career Began: 1987 Home Base: New York City and Mt. Kisco, N.Y. Civic Affiliations: Operation Smile, future-care planning for families...

  • Howard S. Lorch

    Ellen Uzelac

    Managing Director-Investments Wachovia Securities Career Began: 1969 Home Base: Houston, Texas Civic Affiliations: University of Houston, The 100 Club, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Boy Scouts of America When Howard Lorch...

  • Take Back the Pie

    Bill Good

    Last month, I reviewed one of the few books by financial advisors on investing. This was Investing on Autopilot by Robert S. Cable. This month,...

  • Van Pearcy

    Ellen Uzelac

    President Van Pearcy Financial Raymond James Financial Services Career Began: 1987 Home Base: Midland, Texas Civic Affiliations: Scholarship endowment for MBA program at University of Notre Dame, scholarships for athletic...

  • Finding the Next Google

    Alexei Bayer

    When I was an undergraduate at Columbia in the mid-1970s, students at the university's top-notch School of Engineering had a reputation of being socially awkward...

  • Making It to Retirement

    Marie Swift

    In October, I had the privilege of interviewing award-winning journalist Gail MarksJarvis (www.GailMarksJarvis.com). Gail's Chicago Tribune columns reach millions of readers throughout the U.S. Prior...

  • Making It Simple

    Robert Scott Martin

    Research: What's happening to the way Americans are structuring their financial relationships?Cohen: People have an innate desire for simplicity in their financial service relationships. About...

  • Resolved to Succeed

    Patricia J. Abram

    Financial advisors constantly tell me how frustrated they are about implementing real change in their businesses. "You've given me some great ideas," they say, "but...

  • Mapping the Index Universe

    Staff Writer

    The rapid explosion of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has been truly amazing to watch. With almost 600 U.S.-listed funds trading and over $500 billion in assets,...

  • Carol Glazer

    Ellen Uzelac

    Senior Vice President/Wealth Management Smith Barney Career Began: 1980 Home Base: New York City Civic Affiliations: Young Survival Coalition, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, The Cancer Center for Kids...

  • Product Push

    Staff Writer

    A select group of market segments and companies are poised to improve results in the coming months, analysts say. --- Analyst: Ronald A. Tadross, CFAFirm: Banc of...

  • Lesson 11: Feast or Famine First?

    Moshe A. Milevsky

    The ancient biblical story of Joseph and King Pharaoh tells of a famous dream of the king in which the land of Egypt was prophesized...

  • Opportunity of a Lifetime

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Here's a wake-up jolt: The last generation of retirees couldn't manage to maintain their lifestyles beyond average life expectancy. With the right new approaches, though,...

  • Industry's Focus: Retirement Income

    Janet Levaux

    Mutual funds and the organizations that sell them continue to introduce a variety of retirement-income products to position themselves for further market opportunities. And it's...

  • Research Roundtable

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    The panelists are optimistic about what they forecast to be the sixth year of the bull market. No, they're not wearing rose-colored glasses: In interviews...

  • Raising ETF Awareness

    Staff Writer

    Rydex Investments has announced the launch of a comprehensive educational initiative to help bridge the gap between the burgeoning ETF marketplace and investor awareness about...

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