Research Magazine-January 2010

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  • The Tumultuous 19th Century

    Kenneth Silber

    On September 12, 1857, Commander William Lewis Herndon, in full uniform and with head bowed, stood by the wheel of the SS Central America as...

  • Morgan Stanley Outlines Exec Shifts

    Janet Levaux

    In early December, Morgan Stanley announced key leadership appointments effective January 1, 2010, when James P. Gorman becomes CEO and president and John J....

  • Better Days Ahead, Says Veteran Analyst

    Janet Levaux

    Equity analyst Richard Bove of Rochdale Securities closely tracks banks, including Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo. He recently spoke with Research...

  • Government Promises

    Gil Weinreich, Gil Weinreich

    Of equal importance to the government's fiscal mismanagement is its regulatory failure. The economic crisis we are experiencing is no fluke, but the predictable result...

  • PIMCO Adds Treasury ETFs

    Staff Writer

    The PIMCO 3-7 Year U.S. Treasury Index Fund (FIVZ) and the PIMCO25+ Year Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury Index Fund (ZROZ) were launched in November by...

  • Schwab Enters ETF Business

    Staff Writer

    The San Francisco-based company introduced four index ETFs in November. The Schwab U.S. Broad Market ETF (SCHB), the Schwab U.S. Large Cap ETF (SCHX) and...

  • Seeking Answers from VIX

    Staff Writer

    The VIX indicator has become a popular gauge of investor fear and complacency. Using a weighted blend of various S&P index options, the VIX attempts...

  • The Lap

    Bill Miller

    I firmly push the accelerator and grip the shift lever as the race propels me toward lap 2010. Still, before I make the final...

  • Markets, Funds Come Back

    Janet Levaux

    Flows into emerging-market equity and the riskier bond fund groups have been losing momentum in early December, according to EPFR Global of Boston. At the...

  • Launching Commodities and More

    Staff Writer

    CRBA is benchmarked to the Thomson Reuters/Jefferies CRB In-The-Ground Global Agriculture Equity Index, which selects from a global universe of publicly traded companies engaged in...

  • Schwab Sees More Momentum, Says Grist

    Janet Levaux

    As of September 30, 2009, 126 teams moved to an independent model with Schwab, according to Barnaby Grist, senior managing director of Schwab Advisor...

  • IndexIQ Offers Inflation Hedges

    Staff Writer

    IndexIQ has introduced two ETFs designed to hedge against rising inflation. The IQ CPI Inflation Hedged ETF (CPI) attempts to hedge against price spikes by providing...

  • Succeeding at Art Succession

    Ellen Uzelac

    Not long ago, insurance agent Pamela Averick asked an art collector she knows whether he'd made any long-term provisions for his collection of 100 contemporary...

  • Dealing with the Dollar

    Staff Writer

    If you've been flirting with the idea of finally taking that coveted European vacation, you might want to wait. The depressed state of the U.S....

  • The Art of Communicating with Clients

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Why butt heads with irksome clients, when instead you can negotiate conflict: much less stressful and far more effective. In his handy book, Working with Difficult...

  • Saving Capitalism

    Staff Writer

    Nicole Gelinas, contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, is author of After The Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street - and Washington (Encounter...

  • Annuity Analytics: A Truly Relevant Benchmark

    Moshe A. Milevsky

    The wealth and investment management industry is full of performance benchmarks and value-added metrics, from stock and bond indices to Sharpe Ratios, alphas and...

  • The Dow at 100,000?

    Alexei Bayer

    Round milestones, the ones with many zeros, have traditionally been difficult for the Dow Jones Industrial Average to leave behind. The market hovered around 100...

  • Centers of Influence

    Patricia J. Abram

    These are challenging times. The markets seem to be rebounding, but clients are still nervous and cautious -- with good reason. They've been severely rattled,...

  • The Greater Good

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    RICHARD BOTKIN: SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT-FINANCIAL ADVISOR; MORGAN STANLEY SMITH BARNEY; ROSEVILLE, CALIF. AUM: APPROXIMATELY $100 MILLION. ABOUT HIS INQUIRING MIND: "In talking to clients, if...

  • Total Return Leaders: Persistently Positive

    Janet Levaux

    Investment strategies that focus on investing in dividend-paying stocks have a long-term record of outperforming the S&P 500 index with less volatility, fund managers and...

  • 401k Plans Back on Track, Vanguard Says

    Janet Levaux

    The typical 401(k) participant now has greater 401(k) retirement wealth than before the severe market downturn, according to a new Vanguard report entitled "Recovery...

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