Research Magazine-February 2009

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  • 1-800-Sue-Your-Broker

    Bill Good

    Some time during the September/October meltdown, I saw a huge billboard. I was just turning into a wealthy subdivision. Everyone who went there saw it. The...

  • "The Drunkard's Walk" by Leonard Mlodinow

    Staff Writer

    A quick glance at the cover of Leonard Mlodinow's "The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives" (Pantheon, 2008) may trick you into thinking it's...

  • Vanguard Study Finds Plans Beneficial

    Janet Levaux

    Recent volatility in the equity markets has caused fear among some politicians and other observers that 401(k) investors may be too aggressively invested. On the...

  • Best in Class

    Janet Levaux

    Donald Broughton Avondale Partners LLC 314-218-4956 dbroughton@avondalepartners.com --- We don't know when spring starts (neither does the company), but when it does FedEx will be well positioned to take full...

  • Renewed Focus

    Janet Levaux

    With the recent market turmoil in the financial sector and global stock markets, corporate-governance issues are front, right and center. This includes greater scrutiny...

  • A Model for Success

    Mary Scott

    Three principals of CEG Worldwide, John J. Bowen Jr., Patricia J. Abram and Jonathan Powell, present the key strategies top advisors rely on to succeed...

  • Bob McCann Bids Merrill Adieu

    Janet Levaux

    Robert McCann has left his post as head of Merrill Lynch's wealth-management division now that its merger with Bank of America has been completed. McCann, 50,...

  • 'No Free Lunch' with Bonds

    Janet Levaux

    After a strong first quarter start (+2.17 percent), the Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index fell 1.02 percent in the second quarter and followed that...

  • Live Fast

    Bill Miller

    I recently had the opportunity to listen in at a roundtable for financial advisors, as they talked about their concerns regarding the current state of...

  • The Retirement Mission

    Francois Gadenne

    How do you create a mission statement? Retired Col. John Dundas runs a leadership development business called Leadership Applied (see www.leadershipapplied.com), and he teaches the...

  • Ready for a Rebound

    Ellen Uzelac

    With the credit crisis, real estate dive and market meltdown, 2008 is a year we would all like to forget. Our best advice: Don't. The...

  • Sage Counseling

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Peter J. Wallison didn't need a crystal ball to foresee the train wreck that was approaching. For years, the former White House counsel and general counsel...

  • Volatility as Opportunity

    Patricia J. Abram

    Serious market volatility ex-acerbates existing flaws in our organizations, business plans and client service models. Still, given our ability not to see what we don't...

  • Moving and Shaking

    Ellen Uzelac

    When Bob Dineen joined Lincoln Financial Network six years ago, the organization was losing huge money -- up to $70 million a year. Not only...

  • The Tax-Form Gateway

    Marie Swift

    Financial planners generally do not prepare tax returns as part of their engagements. But that doesn't mean they can't make use of them. In fact,...

  • Putting It Into Practice: Roadmap for Longevity

    Dennis Gallant

    By Dennis Gallant and Howard Schneider The growing shift to retirement income raises key questions for most advisors. What does the transition to supporting retirement income...

  • David Macchia Interview: Tom James

    David Macchia

    David Macchia: The events that have played out in the economy in recent months have been remarkable. I know you've witnessed a great deal in...

  • A New ETF Playbook

    Staff Writer

    What will become of stocks over the course of 2009? And how about the faltering U.S. economy? Is the housing market done correcting? Where are...

  • The Trouble with Treasuries

    Alexei Bayer

    The world is rapidly getting poorer. According to the International Monetary Fund, worldwide losses from the financial crisis already measured $1.4 trillion through November. Although it...

  • A Real Midas Touch

    Alexei Bayer

    With a name like Midas, it should come as no surprise that the fund Tom Winmill runs is bullish on gold. After all, it was...

  • Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney to Combine

    Janet Levaux

    Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney to Combine, Joint Venture Should Have 20,000-Plus FAs The former Morgan Stanley Dean Witter is set to become Morgan Stanley Smith Barney,...

  • The Right Staff

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Though Rex C. Whiteside has forsaken a fancy sushi palace for a less pricey Japanese spot when buying his staff lunch, and has cut a...

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