Research Magazine-January 2007

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  • Confessions of a VA Critic

    Moshe A. Milevsky

    In the mid 1990s, I published a widely cited research study, jointly with Dr. Steven Posner, on M&E fees in variable annuities.

  • Back to Basics

    Staff Writer

    Remember Netscape? The innovative web browser company went public in 1995 with a record-breaking IPO that marked the Big Bang of the Dotcom Boom. A...

  • Next Financial Finds Its 'Knight'

    Janet Levaux

    Next Financial Group of Houston has been on a tear in recent years and begins 2007 with nearly 800 advisors and a new president --...

  • The Resolution

    Bill Miller

    With one hand on my heart and my browser aimed directly at, I hereby declare that my 2007 New Year's Resolution is (drum roll,...

  • In Brief

    Janet Levaux

    Vanguard says that shares of the High Dividend Yield Index Fund (VHDYX) can now be bought by individual investors, institutions and financial advisors. In a separate...

  • Time to Focus on FA Failure

    Staff Writer

    I have worked in the industry for over 20 years, and it still amazes me that the estimated failure rate of new advisors remains at...

  • Hunting Social, Other Dividends

    Staff Writer

    New exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with specialized strategies have been the rage on Wall Street -- and the rage continues. Targeting income-oriented investors, Vanguard has just introduced...

  • SSgA Launches Japan ETFs

    Staff Writer

    Over the past year, Japanese stocks have lagged most countries in the Pan-Asia basin. But that hasn't stopped State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) from launching...

  • Morgan Stanley Supports Film Contest

    Janet Levaux

    "The Pursuit of Happyness" stars Will Smith as Christopher Gardner, a struggling single dad, who joined Dean Witter as a broker-intern and now runs his...

  • Back to School

    Staff Writer

    Over the years I've heard many financial advisors decry the insufficient training they received in the nuts and bolts of financial planning. All too often,...

  • Befriending Your Brain

    Mary Scott

    If you and your clients have a New Year's resolution to be better and smarter investors, then you may want to check out Forbes columnist...

  • Pershing Insite to Feature Gen. Colin Powell

    Janet Levaux

    A keynote speaker for Insite 2007, Pershing's financial products and services conference, has been confirmed: General Colin Powell, the former secretary of state. The conference is...

  • An Equal-Weight SP Approach

    Staff Writer

    Equal-weight indexing is fighting for its share of respect and Rydex Investments plans to make sure it happens. In its new ETFs that track the...

  • Mutual Funds You Can Trust

    Staff Writer

    In the November cover story, "Mutual Funds You Can Trust," Morningstar incorrectly placed Old Mutual Dwight S/T Fixed Income Z (OBCPX) among the worst funds...

  • The Problem with Too Much Money

    Alexei Bayer

    When 2006 began, all eyes in global equity markets were glued to the Federal Reserve. The U.S. central bank has always been a pivotal player...

  • New Year's Resolutions

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Well, it's that time again: out with the old year, in with the new. Not so fast! Before we send '06 to the been-there, done-that archive,...

  • Eaton Vance, Hawkes Have Strong Fiscal '06

    Janet Levaux

    Eaton Vance Chairman and CEO James Hawkes, 65, could have quite a stellar pre-retirement fiscal year in 2007, judging from the Boston-based fund company's recent...

  • XTF Takes Aim at Investors

    Staff Writer

    Mike Woods, CEO of New York-based XTF Advisors, wants his fledgling firm to become as integral to the retail exchange-traded industry as the ETFs themselves....

  • Poster Boy

    Ellen Uzelac

    Back in 2002, Bill Van Law was a disillusioned wirehouse veteran, looking to explore the independent sector. At an interview with Raymond James & Associates,...

  • When to Let Go

    Patricia J. Abram

    An advisor recently made an innocent online inquiry into the best way to release unprofitable clients. Immediately, the advisor was hammered by a slew of...

  • Living in an LPL World

    Alexei Bayer

    If there is a place worth flying to for lunch from New York City -- and on Election Day no less -- it is probably...

  • Formula for Success

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Diamonds are a girl's best friend. But CPAs are worth lots more to financial advisors. That's what savvy Barry L. Pinsky bet when he began as...

  • Income Opportunity

    Robert Scott Martin

    Research: What's your take on the looming shift from accumulation to distribution? Macchia: It's as real as anything can be. There's no denying that demographics is...

  • 'Late Stage' College Planning

    Marie Swift

    Advisors don't need to be reminded how much of an expenditure paying for college has become for their clients. We've all seen examples of how...

  • Prosperity Strategy 2008

    Bill Good

    Forget about 2007. It's mostly too late to do anything about it. Instead, let's implement a strategy now that will pay off big in 2008. A...

  • How to Have a High-Revenue Firm

    Ellen Uzelac

    It's no secret that compliance and staffing costs are digging into profitability -- your profitability. In fact, the chatter about it has been deafening. The...

  • Flooding the Market

    Staff Writer

    In the fourth quarter of last year, ETFs continued to flood the market at a dizzying pace, with no less than 40 new funds launching...

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