Research Magazine-July 2011

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  • Inflated Science

    Alexei Bayer

    In 1968, the Swedish central bank donated money to the Nobel Foundation to establish a Nobel Prize in economics. It became the sixth category in which…

  • Something Stupid

    Bill Miller

    As I basked in the lone ray of sunshine at my son’s recent lacrosse game, I saw John (name changed to protect the innocent). John is a district…

  • Volatility ETFS Debut

    Ron DeLegge

    Most clients hate securities that bounce all over the place while others can’t seem to get enough. In any case, there’s something in ETF land…

  • Dollar ETNs Unveiled

    Ron DeLegge

    Deutsche Bank and Invesco PowerShares Capital Management launched two new exchange-traded notes, which are designed to provide triple long and triple…

  • The Financial Advisor as Flight Trainer

    Raphael Lapin

    In any professional services business, an important tool of our trade is our ability to communicate with, engage, educate and connect with those whom…

  • FINRA Fines Merrill, Credit Suisse

    Janet Levaux

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said recently that it fined Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC $4.5 million and Bank of America’s Merrill…

  • Van Eck Tackles Latin Debt

    Ron DeLegge

    Van Eck Global has just unveiled an emerging markets bond ETF tied to Latin American debt. The Market Vectors LatAm Aggregate Bond ETF (BONO) is linked…

  • Russell Adds Strategy Lineup

    Ron DeLegge

    Russell Investments has long served as a behind-the-scenes index provider for many popular ETFs, but now the company is jumping into the spotlight with…

  • Laetsch on Leadership

    Gil Weinreich

    In this month’s cover story (“Portrait of a Branch Manager”) we profile Gregory Laetsch, the manager of Morgan Stanley’s Los Angeles…

  • The Indispensable Staffer

    Ellen Uzelac

    Late last year, in a study group discussion among LPL Financial advisors in Southern California, brokerage executives asked the advisors to identify what…

  • Fiduciary Matters

    Kenneth Silber

    The prospect of a uniform fiduciary standard that would apply to all advice givers in the financial field is the subject of much current debate among…

  • Portrait of a Branch Manager

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Meeting Gregory F. Laetsch, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 215 pounds and buff, you immediately think: football player. And you wouldn’t be wrong. Fresh…

  • Morgan Stanley Moves to Fire More FAs

    Janet Levaux

    Three months after firing about 300 advisors, Morgan Stanley is poised to get rid of more lower-producing FAs. “We may go below the previously stated…

  • When ETFs Own ETFs

    Ron DeLegge

    Are ETFs that own other ETFs useful portfolio tools or do they undermine the asset allocation services provided by financial professionals? This is an…

  • Best Practices 2011

    Bill Good

    Please take a few minutes and fill out my survey, “Best Practices 2011.” You will find it here: www.billgood.com/bestpractices. Here’s…

  • The Ins and Outs of Annuity Suitability

    Moshe A. Milevsky

    The word “suitability” evokes a unique reaction within the financial services industry. It carries legal as well as emotional baggage that…

  • Signal Seeker

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    BOB ROBBINS, SENIOR VP, PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT DIR., HEAD; THE ROBBINS Farley GROUP AT MSSB; MANCHESTER, N.H. AUM: about $85 million HOW TO BE A STANDOUT…

  • Auto ETF Drives to Market

    Ron DeLegge

    First Trust Advisors introduced a new ETF that targets the global automobile industry. The First Trust NASDAQ Global Auto Index Fund (CARZ) follows a…

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