Research Magazine-December 2008

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  • Dividend Investing with ETFs

    Staff Writer

    Who likes to wear shorts in the winter or a coat in the summer? Some things are just out of style. Until recently, dividends were out...

  • Morningstar's Flexible Retirement-Income Series

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Morningstar Investment Services Inc., a registered investment advisor and subsidiary of Morningstar Inc., has introduced Morningstar Managed Portfolios Retirement Income Series. This managed-account service includes...

  • Merrill Moves to Retain FAs

    Janet Levaux

    Merrill Lynch is poised to merge with Bank of America in a $50 billion stock transaction and has rolled out a retaining-bonus plan in the...

  • What Can I Say?

    Bill Miller

    As the end of the year approaches, pretty much every advisor out there is starting to worry about those dreaded annual client reviews. During a...

  • Tackling Global Infrastructure

    Staff Writer

    Despite a swooning stock market, First Trust has unveiled a new ETF focused on global infrastructure (FLM). PowerShares followed suit and launched the PowerShares Emerging...

  • Short, Leveraged ETFs Rule

    Staff Writer

    A quick glance at the best year-to date performing ETFs reveals a not so subtle message. Short ETFs rule. The 38 best-performing ETFs are all short...

  • Northern Trust Launches Global ETF

    Staff Writer

    Northern Trust's NETS FTSE CNBC Global 300 Index Fund ETF (MYG) was introduced for trading on the NYSE Arca stock exchange on November 19. The new...

  • Forging an Independent Path

    Robert Tyndall

    Anyone who's been in the business for 15 years -- the minimum requirement for our Advisor Hall of Fame nominees -- is a survivor. The...

  • Wise Counsel

    Mary Scott

    Normally, when people make investment choices preparing for retirement, they tend to look at their monthly bank and financial statements and the value of their...

  • Five Questions for the Retirement Advisor

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    1. What retirement issue has hit you or your clients out of left field, and how did you resolve it? Eckerline: There wasn't one retirement issue...

  • Five Questions for the Top Recruiters

    Janet Levaux

    When should an advisor speak with another firm? Is it OK to just "explore" or should the advisor be fully prepared to "exit" when contacting...

  • The Season for Energy ETFs?

    Staff Writer

    Who would have thought a few months ago that we would ever see gas prices below $2 per gallon? Within four months, the price of...

  • Financials: Close to Bottoming?

    Staff Writer

    Congratulations to Citigroup's executive management for convincing the U.S. government to give it $20 billion in fresh capital and guaranteeing $306 billion in toxic assets....

  • Down, But Not Down and Out

    Staff Writer

    The Securities Industry This industry continues to fare pretty well relative to many others, losing just under 3,000 jobs for the month; albeit against downwardly revised...

  • Emerging-Markets Meltdown

    Staff Writer

    It wasn't supposed to be like this. Emerging market stocks were supposed be the future of capital growth. They were a source of spectacular gains. In...

  • As Indexes Plunge, Investors Flee

    Janet Levaux

    The major U.S. equity indexes are down about 35 percent or more through October 23, reports Lipper, after declining 11 percent or more in the...

  • From $200 a Barrel Oil to ?

    Staff Writer

    It wasn't too long ago that analysts predicted oil prices to skyrocket to $200/barrel. Even though crude oil did sell for as much as $147/barrel...

  • How Index ETFs Top Rivals

    Staff Writer

    Over 15 years ago, in 1993, the S&P Depositary Receipts (SPY) went up against a who's who of fund heavyweights; Fidelity Magellan, Legg Mason Partners...

  • The Crisis in a Nutshell

    Staff Writer

    The current financial crisis began when the American Dream of home ownership was planted in the hearts of millions, even those that didn't have the...

  • Vanguard's View on Volatility

    Janet Levaux

    Research magazine has asked Vanguard and other major mutual-fund groups to explain how investors are responding to the current market climate. "Vanguard shareholders have been...

  • A Growing DC-Plan Focus: Retirement Income

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    The Institutional Retirement Income Research Council (IRIRC) has launched a series of planned white papers with its first release, "A Call to Action." The IRIRC,...

  • Today's Recruiting Market

    Staff Writer

    The bad news for advisers considering a move (and the good news for shareholders) is that the recruiting "bubble" we've experienced for the last two...

  • Morgan Stanley Advisors Join Bank-Deposit Push

    Janet Levaux

    Morgan Stanley says it has begun "leveraging" its 8,500 financial advisors, 500 retail offices nationwide and new bank-holding structure, to build new bank deposits. The...

  • Ira A. Walker

    Ellen Uzelac

    Career Began: 1985 Home Base: Red Bank, N.J. Civic Affiliations: New Jersey Paper Hill Playhouse and the Ranney School --- Ira Walker has been called an "organizational genius," a...

  • Raymond James Upbeat about Recruiting

    Janet Levaux

    For many broker-dealer firms, 2008 is a year to forget. But that's not the case for Raymond James. "This will probably be the most successful recruiting...

  • Gerald "Zeke" Strid

    Ellen Uzelac

    Career Began: 1968 Home Base: Berwyn, Pa. Civic Affiliations: Project H.O.M.E., Siloam --- When Erik Strid was a boy, he remembers his father disembarking from a Philadelphia commuter train...

  • Time for Action!

    Staff Writer

    For years, the U.S. economy was like the 2007 New England Patriots: undefeated, untarnished. How the mighty have fallen. It's time now for financial advisors to...

  • 'A Financial Katrina'

    Alexei Bayer

    Ken Dychtwald and I were originally supposed to get together in late September in Atlanta, at Charles Schwab's IMPACT 08 conference. Dychtwald was one of...

  • Daniel L. Stanley

    Ellen Uzelac

    Career began: 1982 Home Base: Joplin, Mo. Civic Affiliations: Freeman Hospital Foundation, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and Joplin Humane Society --- Back in 1992, over coffee at McDonalds,...

  • Jump Start Your Clients' Retirement Income

    Staff Writer

    Wall Street and its marketing machinery is working overtime to develop new products that will be accepted as the industry's solution for increasing retirees' income....

  • Helping to Save Investors from Themselves

    Staff Writer

    As America's financial crisis attempts to resolve itself, one can only wonder what comes next. So many unnerving events have happened during such a short...

  • Beantown: Booms & Busts

    Kenneth Silber

    Boston has played a key role in American financial history since the beginnings of the nation. That role sometimes gets overlooked, partly because so much...

  • Commonwealth Leaders, Advisors Fired Up

    Janet Levaux

    (Phoenix) Commonwealth Financial Network advisors seem to be taking a measured approach to the present financial crisis. And that means they were quite keen to...

  • Help Save Investors from Themselves

    Staff Writer

    As America's financial crisis attempts to resolve itself, one can only wonder what comes next. So many unnerving events have happened during such a short...

  • Product Design

    Francois Gadenne

    In February 2009, the Managing Retirement Income (MRI) conference -- sponsored by the Retirement Income Industry Association (RIIA) -- will focus on the design and...

  • New Retirement-Strategy Funds Launched

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Target-date, or life-cycle, funds have been around since 1993. They appeal to investors seeking a "set it and forget it" approach to retirement saving that...

  • Ports in the Storm

    Staff Writer

    As prices for raw materials fall and consumers look for bargains, certain industry sectors, sub-sectors and companies are poised to benefit, equity analysts say. --- Alexia HowardAllianceBernsteinAlexia.howard@bernstein.com212-407-5941 U.S....

  • Crisis Management

    Bill Good

    In 1973, when Henry Kissinger was secretary of state, he said: "Next week there can't be any crisis. My schedule is already full." The time to...

  • Christopher S. Sargent

    Ellen Uzelac

    Career Began: 1966 Home base: Washington, D.C. Civic Affiliations: Washington National Cathedral, College of Preachers, St. Alban's School and Beauvoir School --- Colleagues joke that Chris Sargent has operated...

  • The Paradox of Deleveraging

    Janet Levaux

    (Phoenix) Paul McCulley, one of the keynote speakers at Commonwealth Financial Network's recent education conference, is a managing director of Pimco. He speaks frequently to...

  • Post-Crisis World

    Alexei Bayer

    Monday, October 13 was a great day. Shrugging off the unlucky devil's dozen date and the traditional curse of October, all three main indices on...

  • 2008-11-21T21:23:00Z

    Patricia J. Abram

    Research sponsored by CEG Worldwide consistently shows that the single biggest driver of financial advisor success is client loyalty. Consider a 2005 study of 1,417...

  • Military Advice

    Marie Swift

    The Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008 implements numerous changes to the federal tax code that benefit military personnel and their families....

  • Research Investment Roundtable

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    When the going gets tough, the tough go...bargain hunting for cheap stocks. Though weak corporate earnings are forecast to make 2009 a rough-and-tumble year indeed, there's...

  • A Discussion with Robert E. Sollman, Jr.

    David Macchia

    Macchia: Bob, the first thing I'd like to ask you about your job heading up the Retirement Strategies Group within the MetLife enterprise. Sollmann: About two...

  • Margaret Chow Starner

    Ellen Uzelac

    Career Began: 1981 Home Base: Coral Gables, Fla. Civic Affiliations: John T. McDonald Foundation and Teach for America. --- In the 1970s, Margaret Chow Starner did something almost unthinkable...

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