Research Magazine-January 2011

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  • Wall Street’s First Woman

    Kenneth Silber

    Victoria Claflin Woodhull (1838-1927) led a weird, tumultuous life, marked by wild ups and downs, scandal and acclaim and the distinction of being, among…

  • FAs Reevaluate Retirement-Income Products

    Janet Levaux

    According to a recent survey of advisors done by Russell Investments, the vast majority of advisors — 86 percent — uses dividend-paying stocks…

  • Wells Rolls Out FA Retirement Program

    Janet Levaux

    Wells Fargo Advisors launched a new program for its financial advisors specializing in retirement plans with the aim of enhancing the support they extend…

  • Targeting Global Property

    Ron DeLegge

    Vanguard has introduced the Vanguard Global ex-U.S. Real Estate Index Fund (VNQI), which is linked to the S&P Global ex-U.S. Property Index. It invests…

  • LPL Financial IPO Update

    Janet Levaux

    The parent company of LPL Financial (LPLA) went public on November 18. LPL is still majority-owned by the private equity firms TPG Capital and Hellman…

  • BlackRock Debuts Russia ETF

    Ron DeLegge

    BlackRock added to its menu of emerging market funds by unveiling a new ETF linked to Russian stocks. The iShares MSCI Russia Capped Index Fund (ERUS)…

  • Political, Financial and Social Capital

    Gil Weinreich

    The key source of risk in the new year is the global deleveraging that lies at the heart of our financial crisis. We will see more of its effects in 2011…

  • 2011: Looking Good for Metals, Oil & More

    Janet Levaux

    U.S. Global Investors released its early December market outlook shortly after the price of gold rose to a record $1,430.60 per ounce. Concern that the…

  • Net Inflows Slow to Nearly $7 Billion

    Janet Levaux

    Demand for international exposure prompted U.S. mutual fund investors to add about $6.8 billion in net new cash to stock and bond mutual funds in November…

  • Redefining Retirement

    Ellen Uzelac

    The influential Merrill Lynch Affluent Insights Quarterly survey was the talk of the trade when it was released two months ago because of this number:…

  • Taking the Negativity Out of “No!”

    Raphael Lapin

    As advisors, we have all found ourselves in situations where a client believes he knows better. The advisor-client roles suddenly appear reversed as the…

  • Abandoning America

    Alexei Bayer

    The U.S. government is broke, heavily in debt and over the past two fiscal years it has run up $2.7 trillion of red ink. It is on track for another trillion…

  • What’s Working (or Not)?

    Bill Good

    Lately, I’ve been starting some branch office presentations by asking, “What’s not working for you?” Usually, the first item…

  • The Smart Way into Emerging Markets

    Ron DeLegge

    Even though emerging markets have been hot performers over the past year, typical mutual fund investors haven’t been getting their fair share of…

  • RJFS Bank-FA Group Positioned for Growth

    Janet Levaux

    Jeff Vitt, president of Tower Financial, aims to give boutique firms like Baird and Barclays Wealth a run for their money. Tower, based in Conshohocken,…

  • Transamerica Principium II

    Moshe A. Milevsky

    As insurance companies continue de-risking their annuity products, by effectively reducing guarantees, only a handful of companies marketing guaranteed…

  • Positive Psychology

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    KIRK HULETT SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SECURITIES AMERICA, OMAHA WHAT MAKES HIM TICK:“There’s a bit of a natural teacher in me. I greatly enjoy…

  • Total Return Leaders: Balanced Performance

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    The focus on total return tends to vary with equity-market performance. In strong markets, stock price increases outpace dividend yields, so dividends…

  • Time to Leave Bonds?

    Ron DeLegge

    In his famous hit song “The Gambler,” Kenny Rogers explains you got to “know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em.”…

  • Kauffman Report Attacks ETFs

    Ron DeLegge

    “ETFs are choking the recovery and may pose unrecognized risks to the financial markets.” These claims are part of a scathing 88-page ETF…

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