Research Magazine-July 2007

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  • Wachovia to Buy A.G. Edwards

    Janet Levaux

    After helping to build Wachovia Securities through the consolidation of more than 20 broker-dealers, President and CEO Daniel Ludeman says, "The 'barbelling' is occurring very...

  • Lesson 6: Longevity Risk

    Moshe A. Milevsky

    One often reads that at the end of the 20th century, life expectancy in the U.S. hit a record high of approximately 73.6 years for...

  • Giving & Receiving

    Ellen Uzelac

    There is no deeper way to connect with clients than through the philanthropic impulse -- yet many advisors steer clear of the conversation. As Randy Fox,...

  • Commodities Garner Respect

    Staff Writer

    If soaring commodity prices haven't caught your attention, maybe the rising number of exchange-traded products tracking them has. Halfway through the second quarter of 2007,...

  • Russia ETF Begins Trading

    Staff Writer

    Although there is growing tension between Russia and the European Union as well as the U.S. government, the first ETF to track Russia stocks has...

  • Client Depreciation

    Bill Miller

    While attending a recent broker-dealer conference, I had the opportunity to talk with a group of financial advisors in a relaxed, pub-like atmosphere. Just like...

  • Job Growth Still on the Up & Up

    Janet Levaux

    Job Growth Still on the Up and UpAccording to Jeff Testerman, vice president of sales for www.BrokerHunter.com in Atlanta, the industry has seen a welcome...

  • XTF Strikes Variable Universal Life Deal

    Staff Writer

    Exchange-traded funds are showing up in new places. Life insurance companies are now incorporating ETF solutions as sub-account investment options in both variable life and...

  • Barclays Launches REIT ETFs

    Staff Writer

    Despite cooling market performance for real estate investment trusts (REITs), more exchange-traded funds tracking the sector's underlying assets have been introduced. Barclays Global Investors (BGI) added...

  • Textbook Case

    Mary Scott

    Lewis J. Altfest, one of the most quoted financial planners in the industry, has written what many consider to be the ultimate text on financial...

  • Finding Your Level

    Staff Writer

    All major events should be seen as a signpost for the future. Wachovia's acquisition of A.G. Edwards was predicted by the former's active acquisition history;...

  • IN BRIEF

    Janet Levaux

    Pioneer Investments has introduced a closed-end fund that gives investors exposure to catastrophe bonds or "cat bonds." Cats are issued by insurers to help spread...

  • Planning for the Future

    Ellen Uzelac

    When Kevin R. Keller was tapped as the new chief executive officer of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards in April, one of the...

  • Is the Pension Plan Dead?

    Marie Swift

    Traditional pension plans may be underfunded, but while employees of large corporations may eventually face a crisis if their pension payments dry up, many financial...

  • Inside HealthShares

    Staff Writer

    It's hard to ignore the pressure that an aging population is already putting on the U.S. healthcare system. What's the best way to take advantage...

  • Investor Beware

    Alexei Bayer

    If you still have doubts whether or not there is a massive bubble in emerging financial markets, just look at the eurobond market. The JPMorgan...

  • Pershing Hosts Powell, Other VIPs near Miami

    Janet Levaux

    The annual Pershing INSITE conference keeps getting bigger and better, event organizers say. This year's INSITE 2007, held June 6-8 at the Westin Diplomat Resort...

  • Serving Corporate 401k Accounts

    Robert Scott Martin

    Research: Why have individual advisors (and the industry as a whole) been relatively slow to adapt to the post-2006 Pension Protection Act world?Davis: The PPA...

  • Inherit the Windfall

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Money is neither good nor bad. Anyone hoping to win the lottery would disagree. But that's what Susan Bradley, founder of Sudden Money Institute insists....

  • Quality Flight Gains Height

    Staff Writer

    Dividends are back in vogue in a big way. Wall Street observers point to several factors contributing to this 180-degree shift -- Baby Boomers facing...

  • The Partnership Predicament

    David J. Drucker

    Why do advisors consider taking on a partner in the first place? Maybe it's in hope of realizing economies of scale. Or maybe it's because...

  • Combining Business and Family

    Alexei Bayer

    Mitchell Frank has driven down for our lunch from his office in White Plains, in suburban Westchester County. "It's nice to be out of the office,"...

  • Portrait of a Branch Manager

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Reaching into a credenza drawer, Cynthia Laden Newman scoops out heaping handfuls of Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Twix and Butterfingers from boxes and plunks the mini...

  • The Prospect of Discovery

    Patricia J. Abram

    In my last column, I described the pivotal importance of finding out what matters most to your clients financially, in every major area of their...

  • The 22 Dimensions of an Investor

    Bill Good

    My request to you for your best profiling questions was a homerun both for me and hopefully for you. I learned a tremendous amount about...

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