Research Magazine-January 2009

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  • Fidelity Rolling Out New RIA Platform, Rewards Card

    Janet Levaux

    Fidelity Investments has launched WealthCentral, a web-based wealth management platform that integrates critical operational systems for RIAs, including portfolio management, customer relationship management, financial planning,...

  • Close the Damn Door!

    Bill Miller

    Now that 2008 is in our rearview mirror, I can't help but be reminded of my worst blind date, when the lady fondly told me,...

  • New Tool Examines Target-Date Funds

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    According to the Investment Company Institute, lifecycle funds or target-date funds (TDFs) have continued to grow. The funds managed $185 billion at the end of...

  • Northern Goes Global

    Staff Writer

    Northern Trust has added to its lineup of internationally focused ETFs by introducing the NETS FTSE CNBC Global 300 Index Fund ETF (MYG). The new fund...

  • Industry Escaping Deepest Cuts

    Staff Writer

    Overall Job Market The month of December was, of course, anything but jolly for another 524,000 workers, who lost their job - capping a year that...

  • Debut of Retirement ETFs

    Staff Writer

    One of the biggest hits with investors over the past 10 years has been target-dated retirement portfolios. While mutual funds were the first to lead...

  • Retirement ETFs Debut

    Staff Writer

    One of the biggest hits with investors over the past 10 years has been target-dated retirement portfolios. While mutual funds were the first to lead...

  • Fixed Income Rules

    Janet Levaux

    Many funds, fund categories and stock- market indexes have dropped by about 40 percent through December 4, 2008, according to Lipper. The Dow Jones, for...

  • homes and their jobs at an alarming rate

    Staff Writer

    A mericans continue to lose their homes and their jobs at an alarming rate. The Bureau of Lab or Statistics reported 1,330 mass layoffs in the third quarter,...

  • Tracking Rubles, Real Estate

    Staff Writer

    Rydex Investments added the Russian ruble (XRU) to its lineup of CurrencyShares. The ruble is the official currency of the Russian Federation (Russia) and related...

  • Polishing Your Reputation

    Staff Writer

    How do you strengthen as well as preserve your practice's reputation, when your broker-dealer is having "issues"? Everybody is having issues - virtually no one and...

  • Big Bucks Await

    Mary Scott

    Forbes columnist and investment guru Ken Fisher points out that people can become rich both in strong and weak economies -- which is good to...

  • Five Questions for the Top Recruiter

    Janet Levaux

    What's the current environment? We are having a record recruiting year and should be up 15 or 20 percent year over year for 2008 vs. 2007,...

  • Why Move?

    Steven Insel

    Why Move? Recruiting packages are still quite attractive. I have had advisers tell me that they really did not want to move, but if they did...

  • Retirement Rewards Cards: Yea or Nay?

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Money is scarce, times are hard, and it's time to get out...the credit card? While that may be the last thing some advisors would tell clients...

  • SEC Requires 'Concise' Info

    Janet Levaux

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has voted unanimously to require fund companies "to provide investors with a concise summary -- in plain English -- of...

  • Five Questions for the Retirement Advisor

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    What retirement issue has hit you or your clients out of left field, and how did you resolve it? The biggest issue has been systematic withdrawals...

  • The Best ETFs of 2008

    Staff Writer

    If you want to know what kind of year 2008 was, all you have to do is look at the lopsided performance of exchange-traded funds...

  • Nuveen Says It Has 'Positive Momentum'

    Janet Levaux

    In 2008, Nuveen Investments wrestled with the freeze-up of the auction-rate preferred securities market and sought to restore liquidity at par to preferred shareholders and...

  • Big Rollout of Leveraged, Short ETFs

    Staff Writer

    The last quarter of 2008 was very busy for the ETF marketplace. Between Direxion Shares and ProShares, 22 new leveraged and short ETFs were launched....

  • MFS Investment Panel Shares 'Opportunities'

    Janet Levaux

    In early December, MFS Investment Management pulled together several of its top experts to share year-end thoughts on the markets and trends affecting them. Erik...

  • How to Rebuild Retirement Income

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    The bear market has roiled many retirees' or soon-to-be-retirees' income projections, creating the dilemma of how to recover from those losses. Jerry Golden, president of...

  • Consistent Appreciation

    Janet Levaux

    Research Total Return Leaders Based on compounded annual price appreciation and dividends for the 10-year period ending Nov. 13, 2008, for stocks trading at or above...

  • The New Retirement Advisor

    Staff Writer

    In the best of times, helping clients make the successful transition to retirement can be a complex and demanding challenge for advisors. The financial and...

  • Theorizing Risk with Harry Markowitz

    Staff Writer

    Harry Markowitz is best known for his pioneering work in Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT). He evaluated the impact of things like asset risk, diversification, and...

  • What to Expect at the Wirehouses in '09

    Janet Levaux

    Several months before Bank of America agreed to buy Merrill Lynch, industry expert Chip Roame of Tiburon Strategic Advisors shared his prediction of such an...

  • Memo to President Obama

    Alexei Bayer

    First, let's clear up a misconception. The economic crisis is not about house prices, credit or the stock market. The crux of the matter is...

  • Survival Strategy 2009

    Bill Good

    When the tide turns against you, as the tide has turned against everyone in this industry, you have three choices: Get swept out to sea,...

  • 10 Tips to Winning in Tough Times

    Ellen Uzelac

    Clients have never been more jaded, or advisors more fatigued. And no wonder. As advisor coach Matt Oechsli, who heads the Oechsli Institute in Greensboro,...

  • Reassessing What Works

    Francois Gadenne

    Civilization carries a grand illusion of stability. Yet, things change around us constantly. Our personalities change with aging, societies die around us, the Earth warms...

  • Happy New Year!

    Marie Swift

    It's always a good idea to think about business strategy at the beginning of a new year. But given everything we've been through in 2008,...

  • The Soaring Nineties

    Kenneth Silber

    The 1990s began with the stock market edging to new highs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, having made its first close above 2,800 on January...

  • Barclays Renames Lehman Bond Indexes

    Staff Writer

    The empire of what's left of Lehman Brothers continues to be dismantled, including its fixed-income indexes. Barclays Global Investors (BGI) has changed the name of underlying...

  • XShares Launches AirShares

    Staff Writer

    Despite the recent drop in oil prices and pullback in alternative-energy investing, XShares Advisors has introduced the AirShares EU Carbon Allowance Fund (ASO), which competes...

  • Outsource for Success

    Patricia J. Abram

    Recent market volatility has led many financial advisors to yearn for more efficient and profitable businesses. Particularly as portfolios have precipitously plummeted, many advisors whose...

  • Bank of America, Merrill Seal the Deal

    Janet Levaux

    Wirehouse BDs BofA, Merrill Seal the Deal Bank of America and Merrill Lynch shareholders have approved BofA's purchase of Merrill. And, according to Merrill Lynch, the vast...

  • Putting on the Ritz

    Ellen Uzelac

    For years, Ted Charles was the face -- and outward personality -- of Investors Capital Holdings. No longer. In August, longtime heir apparent Tim Murphy, 44,...

  • Saving Along Ethnic Lines

    Alexei Bayer

    I was in Atlanta for a couple of days to attend Charles Schwab's INSIGHT 08 conference. Dorothy A. Brown's sojourn in the South has been...

  • Don't Panic!

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Author Ori Brafman's book can help advisors help their clients avoid the perils of group dynamics. Seems cuckoo; but it makes perfect sense, actually, that the...

  • Accounts That Keep On Giving

    Robert Scott Martin

    More advisors are talking about philanthropy these days, but it's still an open secret that the clients are often the ones who have to get...

  • Mastering Advisor Technology

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Now is the time for all good financial advisors to come to the aid of their practices. One of the smartest, easiest ways? Go high...

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