Research Magazine-July 2008

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  • T. Rowe's $3.7 Billion in Inflows

    Janet Levaux

    T. Rowe Price Group recently reported first-quarter 2008 results, including net revenues of $559 million and net income of $151.5 million; net revenues in the...

  • Wachovia Board Bids Farewell to Thompson

    Janet Levaux

    Wachovia announced June 2 that director Lanty Smith was appointed interim CEO, succeeding Ken Thompson, who retired at the request of the board; Thompson had...

  • The Russell Reshuffle

    Staff Writer

    Every June, Russell re-evaluates the index composition of its indexes. Why? Over 30 ETFs and many more mutual funds with more than $500 million in assets...

  • Notes Link to Crude Oil, Metals

    Staff Writer

    Deutsche Bank and Invesco PowerShares Capital Management announced the launch of eight exchange-traded notes (ETNs) linked to the performance of industrial metals and crude oil. The...

  • Summer Rout Boosts Bear ETFs

    Staff Writer

    One look at the stock quotes on your computer screen reveals a not so subtle theme: Red all over the place. The generally accepted definition of...

  • Research Projects Retiree Expenses

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    One wildcard that worries most retirees is the cost of health care. That concern is understandable: the National Coalition on Health Care reports that health...

  • The ETF Way

    Staff Writer

    Alternative energy is on everybody's mind these days, and for good reason: Prices of oil have doubled in less than a year, and the trip...

  • First Trust's Wind ETF

    Staff Writer

    The First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy ETF (FAN) has lifted off and landed on the NYSE Arca. The newly launched exchange-traded fund (ETF) is linked...

  • Much Planning To Do

    Mary Scott

    Open Kenneth Gronbach's website at www.kgcdirect.com and some surprising statistics blast across the top of the page. Every 8 seconds, one of the 78.2 million...

  • Beware of the ETF Oblivion

    Staff Writer

    Welcome to the abyss of ETF oblivion. It's an unfriendly place where exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with marginable assets, minimal trading volume, and zero interest from...

  • Tiburon Panel Highlights Need for Improvement

    Janet Levaux

    Tiburon Strategic Advisors, led by Chip Roame, wants its research to make executives and advisors think. But an informal discussion focusing on consumers, held during...

  • State Street Offers Global Exposure

    Staff Writer

    State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), the investment management arm of State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) unveiled two new internationally oriented SPDR exchange-traded funds yesterday on...

  • Managed-Payout Funds Proliferate

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Mutual funds are proven wealth-accumulations tools, and the fund industry hopes to build on that success and retain investors' money with managed payout funds. The...

  • Northern Trust Enters the Arena

    Staff Writer

    The ETF marketplace has a newcomer. Northern Trust Global Investments has introduced a lineup of 12 foreign equity exchange-traded funds. The funds will track established...

  • Tracking Cash Flow and 'Practicing' Retirement

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    During clients' working years, the emphasis is on accumulating assets that can generate sufficient income for when the client stops working. The underlying question that...

  • An Attitude of Gratitude

    Staff Writer

    It's hard not to be a little awestruck by the prodigious effort that Wendi Eckardt gives to her job ("Portrait of a Branch Manager"). Working...

  • Greener Pastures

    Bill Miller

    Looking over the fence at other broker-dealer pastures is always a fun experience for financial advisors. An advisor at one firm might look longingly at...

  • GLD Gets Options

    Staff Writer

    After a long four-year wait, trading of call and put options on the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) has finally come to pass. The regulatory hurdles...

  • An ETF Crystal Ball

    Staff Writer

    "Build them and they will come" seems to be the motto of many ETF issuers. And it has proven true. ETFs and ETNs have amassed...

  • PIMCO Rolls Out 'Real Retirement'

    Janet Levaux

    PIMCO, the Newport Beach, Calif.-based investment management firm and provider of retirement solutions, has recently introduced Pimco RealRetirement Funds, a series of funds that aim...

  • Five Questions for the Advisor

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Mitch Slater, The Slater-Trainor Group, Senior Vice President - Wealth Management, Smith Barney, Florham Park, N.J., shares his views on retirement income and retirement planning. 1....

  • Saving and Spending in America

    Alexei Bayer

    Arriving from New York to Los Angeles amidst turbulence on Wall Street, it is not surprising that the conversation with James P. Smith, a senior...

  • Portrait of a Branch Manager

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    It takes an ultra savvy advisor to service ultra-high-net-worth clients -- and it takes an ultra-talented branch manager to coach top FAs to be even...

  • The Roaring 80s

    Kenneth Silber

    It was August 17, 1982, and Dr. Doom had changed his mind. Economist Henry Kaufman, then at Salomon Brothers, had come to be known by the...

  • Energy Investing 2.0

    Staff Writer

    Even if you don't buy all of the hype and news coverage surrounding green investing or alternative energy, it's getting harder to ignore. With crude...

  • Just Ask!

    Patricia J. Abram

    At CEG Worldwide we make extensive use of commissioned in-depth research. Sometimes, as we dig through the data, we find contrasts and anomalies that lead...

  • Fidelity Launches New EMEA Fund

    Janet Levaux

    The market capitalization of emerging-market companies has grown nearly twelve fold over the last 10 years, relative to other global stock categories, notes Fidelity Investments....

  • Dividends Gain Appeal

    Staff Writer

    If your clients' stock portfolios aren't earning their desired returns, it might be time to start focusing on dividends. Consider this statistic: between 1999 and...

  • The Matchmaker

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Tennessee Williams wrote the famed line for tragic character Blanche DuBois in his play, "A Streetcar Named Desire." But veteran executive recruiter Mark Elzweig says...

  • Getting Engaged

    Marie Swift

    If you surveyed your clients and 99 percent reported that they were satisfied with your firm, you'd probably be very pleased. However, according to a...

  • How to Use Strategic ETFs

    Staff Writer

    Do you remember the first cell phone? The first public cell phone call was made about 35 years ago, in 1973. While the basic concept...

  • Seeking Bulls, Bears

    Staff Writer

    Whether you love commodities or hate them, there's something here for everyone. Deutsche Bank has launched four exchange-traded notes that offer both leveraged and inverse exposure...

  • Students and Teachers

    Bill Good

    Bragging rights: the right to boast after winning a game or beating an opponent. I really did earn bragging rights. The game, which I won, is...

  • Time to Start Talking

    Ellen Uzelac

    With the economy sputtering, more and more financial advisors are going to see their boomer clients squeezed between the dual financial demands of boomerang kids...

  • A Dialogue with Ibbotson's Peng Chen

    David Macchia

    David Macchia: Let me begin with a question that's a bit more personal in nature. Many people know you by reputation in our industry. You...

  • The Intelligent Investor

    Ellen Uzelac

    As a contrarian investor, advisor John P. Elwood has carved out a niche turning long-term losers into winners. Now in his 40th year in the...

  • Innovators in Control

    Alexei Bayer

    During a recent business trip to California, I took a detour to San Diego to visit a childhood friend, a Ph.D. microbiologist who relocated there...

  • Fidelity Introduces 'HybridOne' as Competition Heats Up

    Janet Levaux

    Fidelity Investments has said that its registered investment advisor (RIA) custody business, Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services, and its correspondent broker/dealer business, National Financial, have jointly...

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