Research Magazine-July 2006

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  • The Chinese Paradox

    Alexei Bayer

    Earlier this year, when Chinese president Hu Jintao visited the United States, a political cartoon made rounds in American newspapers. Mr. Hu was shown driving...

  • Serving the Middle Market

    David J. Drucker

    The smaller client -- John and Jane Jones with family savings of $75,000 -- used to be the bread and butter of most wirehouses. That...

  • Advisors Can Turn to Rydex for Help

    Staff Writer

    So you have a client that wants to know what's better, ETFs or mutual funds. What do you tell them? You might be able to find...

  • What is Your Name?

    Bill Miller

    Have you ever considered what you would name yourself if the choice were yours and not your parents? If you could pick any name in...

  • Book on Question Contains Answers

    Mary Scott

    The Ultimate Question: Driving Good Profits and True Growth. By Fred Reichheld. Harvard Business School Press. $24.95. Fred Reichheld, director emeritus of Bain & Co., became a...

  • No Summer Break for ETF Industry

    Staff Writer

    June was a record month for publicly offered ETFs. All in all, 42 new funds were added to the mix in one month's time --...

  • Ratios Continue to Fall in Q2

    Staff Writer

    Low expenses have been driving the popularity of ETFs, and investors haven't been disappointed. Across all categories, ETF expense ratios were consistently lower in the...

  • Meet the Press

    Gil Weinreich, Gil Weinreich

    I recently had the privilege of serving on a media panel for the national education conference of a distinguished broker-dealer. The questions posed by the...

  • Kovack Father and Son Join NASD Group

    Janet Levaux

    In what may be a first for the industry, Ron Kovack and son Brian Kovack of Kovack Securities in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., now hold NASD...

  • Morgan Stanley Cuts Trainees

    Janet Levaux

    In another move designed to cut costs and increase average broker production, Morgan Stanley has trimmed its broker training program down to between 700 and...

  • Quadruple Threat

    Robert Scott Martin

    Research: For those who don't know NPH, how do you fit into the broker-dealer universe? Dreffein: NPH is an independent contractor broker-dealer network. We have four...

  • No Meal, No Deal

    Bill Good

    Now that cold calling has joined stockbrokers in heaven (or more likely the lower regions), seminars, "cold walking" and direct mail have become the only...

  • Rebuilding the Merrill Complex in New Orleans

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    That Sunday afternoon, the city was steeped in stifling heat and humidity when Frank Beyer, freshly showered and in shorts and T-shirt, threw some changes...

  • Cruising for Clients

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Nicholas Childers' secret recipe for prospecting female clients: Eat lunch at ritzy department stores, where high-net-worth ladies are cosseted, corseted and open to friendly conversation. "They're...

  • Embracing Wealth Management

    Staff Writer

    "Wealth management" is such a hot topic these days that there's a very real risk that the term itself will devolve into a meaningless, inconsistently...

  • Reasons to Work with You

    Ellen Uzelac

    Andrew Gluck was moderating a panel about retirement at an advisory conference recently when he came to a stunning realization. The idea of asking clients...

  • High-Yield Advantage

    Robert Scott Martin

    Companies continue to demonstrate how and why their top priority is long-term shareholder income, and business-data provider Mergent has made a name for itself over...

  • Beyond the B Word

    Marie Swift

    Soaring gasoline prices have been a wake up call to many people. Watching pump dials spin like some out-of-control slot machine that ends with a...

  • The Hidden Treasure of Dividend Investing

    Staff Writer

    In one of the all-time best action thrillers, archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones survives snake pits and highway bandits to win the prize, only to...

  • Random Walk Author Talks the Indexing Talk

    Janet Levaux

    Burton Malkiel, Ph.D., wrote the first edition of the ever-popular book A Random Walk Down Wall Street in 1973. The Princeton University economics professor and...

  • Speaking Up

    Ellen Uzelac

    Elizabeth Foley's election as chairman of Ameriprise Financial's franchisee advisory council could not have come at a more noteworthy time -- just a month after...

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