Research Magazine-January 2012

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  • The Debt Retirees Owe to Fibonacci

    Moshe A. Milevsky

    You might have heard of Leonardo Pisano filius (family, in Latin) Bonacci, a.k.a. Fibonacci (1170-1250), probably the most famous mathematician of the Middle Ages.

  • RBC Wealth CEO Taft on Advisor Growth, Regulation

    Janet Levaux

    John Taft heads RBC Wealth Management in the United States and recently stepped down as chairman of SIFMA, the financial-services lobbying group. Based in Minneapolis, he has worked in the industry since 1981 and recently spoke with Research about challenges confronting both the industry and the firm he leads.

  • The Very Best

    Bill Good

    In my July article in Research, I published an appeal to advisors to fill out my Best Practices 2011 survey. Over 380 FAs responded. To everyone who helped: Thankyouverymuch!!

  • As Clients Focus on Portfolios, Advisors Make Minor Adjustments

    Janet Levaux

    Russell Investments latest quarterly survey of U.S. financial advisors found that many advisors are telling their clients to expect continued market volatility throughout 2012. Despite these market concerns, though, few advisors are making major shifts in portfolios. Many, however, are turning to mutual-fund groups and other organizations for research...

  • Alone With Your Thoughts

    Bill Miller

    Who in their right mind wouldnt want to be a financial advisor? The money, the exotic award vacations and the freedom of running your own business are just a few of the reasons many are drawn to the career. Its one of those jobs that outsiders look at and say,...

  • Fidelity Studies Impact of Pension Protection Act

    Janet Levaux

    Fidelity Investments says recent analysis of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 found that more than half (51 percent) of the nearly 12 million 401(k) participants in its plans are in a plan that offers auto enrollment, up from just 16 percent five years ago. Also, the...

  • Muni Funds with Punch

    Ron DeLegge

    The Van Eck Global lineup of municipal bond ETFs continues to attract assets and accolades.

  • PIMCO Launches Aussie

    Ron DeLegge

    PIMCO launched the first of three bond ETFs targeting individual countries. The PIMCO Australia Bond Index Fund (AUD) was introduced for trading and it will follow investment grade debt from Australia.

  • Raymond James Names New Advisor Execs

    Janet Levaux

    Raymond James named a new executive to run its independent-advisor channel as Dick Averitt prepares to retire, and the company also announced a new head for its employee-advisor channel as Dennis Zank moves into the COO slot at the parent company.

  • The Joy of Wakefulness

    Gil Weinreich

    Waking up in 2012 from the nightmare of the past years financial crisis is a bewildering experience. Like Egypts Pharaoh in the Book of Genesis, did seven emaciated cows really eat seven fat cows? Do we still have two and a half lean years to go? Sitting up in our...

  • Vanguard Highlighted in Plan-Sponsor Study

    Janet Levaux

    Retirement-plan sponsors surveyed in 2011 by the Boston Research Group ranked Vanguard as the top firm for overall satisfaction, value for cost, and investment performance, according to Vanguard, which notes this is the third year in a row that it has achieved the No. 1 ranking for overall satisfaction.

  • Health Care Is the New Wealth Care

    Ellen Uzelac

    WITH THE OLDEST BABY BOOMERS turning 66 this year, many are worried sick about the rising cost of health care. And no wonder. Health care expenses in retirement can run hundreds of thousands of dollars not exactly pocket change.

  • The Power of Words

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    WRITER DOROTHY PARKER cracked that the two most beautiful words in the English language were check enclosed. The three most beautiful words for winning financial advisory clients are I get it!

  • Target: Wall Street

    Kenneth Silber

    The question is not whether the financial industry will encounter a volatile and difficult political climate this election year. The question is just how tough that climate will be.

  • Retirement Master

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    At 31, Marcia Mantell was thrilled to step into retirement. Not her own but the burgeoning financial services retirement industry. The year was 1992.

  • The Market Really is More Volatile Today

    Gerald Burstyn

    WARNING: THE LIFEGUARDS NOT ON duty. Swim at your own risk.Thats the way investment advisor Richard Bregman views todays market. If you go into the water, there might be riptides, sharks, says the CEO of MJB Asset Management, a New York-based firm that manages a little over $100 million in...

  • A Warren Buffett ETF?

    Ron DeLegge

    We know that financial product developers have thought about introducing a Warren Buffett ETF, not because the investing public really needs it, but because theres no shortage of dubious ideas. Interestingly, though, financial marketers might not have to invent a Buffett ETF because one already exists.

  • McCann Is Top UBS Americas Exec

    Janet Levaux

    UBS recently made Bob McCann head of UBS operations in the Americas and reassigned Philip Lofts to the post of chief risk officer for the Swiss-based firm. Maureen Miskovic, who had been chief risk officer for UBS since early 2010, left the firm.

  • Who’s Really ‘Rich’?

    Ron DeLegge

    A national debate about rich versus poor has erupted. Were told the contest is between the top 1 percent of all income earners against the bottom 99 percent. We are also told the top 1 percent represents not just the dreadful essence of evil, but that they are rich. What...

  • Do Indexes Matter?

    Ron DeLegge

    One of the driving forces behind the exploding number of new exchange-traded products (ETPs) is the exploding number of new indexes. And since the bulk of the $1.1 trillion ETP marketplace is still linked to products with underlying indexes, advisors better know their indexes. Do you go with a traditional...

  • Moving Up

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    David G. Ross, CFAStifel Nicolaus443-224-1316dross@stifel.comWe hosted a conference call with Rob Martinez, CEO of Shipware, LLC, a parcel auditing and…

  • An All-Season Approach

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Depending on the latest European crisis report or economic signals from China, the U.S. markets have been gyrating between risk-on and risk-off days. If…

  • Europe’s Storm, and Ours

    Alexei Bayer

    Contrary to the widespread view that the European debt crisis is acting as a drag on the U.S. economic recovery, it actually has been beneficial for the United States. The euro-zone debt crisis has given Washington a respite by boosting the safe-haven premium of Treasury bonds and reducing the debt-service...

  • Commonwealth Financial Boosts Platform

    Janet Levaux

    Commonwealth Financial Network said it recently added a number of improvements to its online portfolio platform Investor360. These enhancements, according to the independent broker-dealer, boost the scope of asset information on the platform and allow its affiliated representatives to look at more performance reporting and daily gain/loss data, while also...

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