Research Magazine-June 2006

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  • ''Morgan Stanley Shakes It Up

    Janet Levaux

    After losing out to Merrill Lynch over a deal with investment manager BlackRock earlier this year, Morgan Stanley has come back with a win or...

  • Evaluating "The Number"

    Mary Scott

    "The Number" was published early this year with a huge marketing budget as well as stellar reviews from the Wall Street Journal and New York...

  • First-Quarter Winners

    Staff Writer

    The first quarter of 2006 is in the history books and except for bond indexes, the performance of exchange-traded funds in most categories was good. Strong...

  • A.G. Edwards Posts Solid Earnings

    Janet Levaux

    The St. Louis-based brokerage continues to pick up more client assets and add branches, as demonstrated in its latest quarterly results. Its advisor headcount --...

  • New Fundamental Index ETF

    Staff Writer

    PowerShares has launched an ETF that tracks the FTSE RAFI U.S. 1000 index (ticker: PRF). The Research Affiliates Fundamental Index (RAFI) is designed to beat conventional...

  • LPL Hits the Road to Boost Results

    Janet Levaux

    At LPL, which has some 6,400 advisors, the practice-management team aims to host more than 150 face-to-face events nationwide in 2006. That's in addition to...

  • Raymond James Leader to Head Industry Group

    Staff Writer

    The Financial Services Roundtable has elected Thomas A. James, chairman and CEO of Raymond James Financial as its chairman-elect. He will serve as chairman in...

  • Read Their Lips: No New Taxes

    Staff Writer

    For 2005, the iShares funds announced zero capital gains distributions on all 101 U.S. listed exchange-traded funds. It was the fourth consecutive year the company...

  • Wachovia Completes New York Market Team

    Janet Levaux

    There's a new face at Wachovia Securities' Park Avenue branch in New York. The office at 250 Park (between East 46th and 47th streets) is...

  • NEXT Financial's Auld Has Big Plans

    Janet Levaux

    NEXT Financial Group has doubled its size every two years since 1999 and expects to continue its aggressive growth pattern in the near future. Its...

  • 'What's Your Vision?

    Robert Tyndall

    Although wirehouse employment remains flat or down, and the independent sector is growing rapidly, this trend should not obscure the fact that most wirehouse advisors...

  • Cuts and More at Merrill

    Janet Levaux

    What's gone up is now coming down -- at least when it comes to some cash payouts at Merrill Lynch. Merrill brokers will see cash compensation...

  • AARP Sells Funds To 50 Investors

    Staff Writer

    AARP Financial, a new unit of AARP Services, has gotten into the retirement-funding act with the introduction of three index-based AARP Funds. The funds aim...

  • PowerShares Scores $60 Milllion Buyout

    Staff Writer

    AMVESCAP PLC (NYSE: AVZ) has announced its plan to purchase PowerShares Capital Management for $60 million plus added financial incentives. PowerShares, based in Wheaton, Ill., currently has...

  • Summertime and the Living is Easy

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Don Alderman, a Wachovia Securities director of investments, will be hanging ten on a three-week surfing safari in Canada this August. He'd also probably like...

  • Going Independent

    Ellen Uzelac

    Independent or wirehouse? The question used to be that simple for traditional advisors thinking about an independent alternative. But with multiple platforms gaining traction, advisors...

  • Leverage Your Support

    Patricia J. Abram

    Financial advisors in today's firms are typically offered support from sales assistants, branch managers, staff specialists and wholesalers. Given the variety of support available, how...

  • How to Succeed at the Fed

    Alexei Bayer

    In December 1996, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average just above 7,000 and the technology-dominated Nasdaq Composite index under 1,500, Alan Greenspan made his famous...

  • The Matsko Matrix

    Ellen Uzelac

    Where to start with an advisor like Briggs Matsko, except by the numbers? The firm he manages, California Fringe Benefit, handles 33 employer institutions, mostly hospital...

  • State Street Takes Over Three Top ETFs

    Staff Writer

    Boston firm now controls prime properties in ETF marketplace, rolls out fresh product lineup as well. State Street Corporation of Boston, which owns State Street Global...

  • Commonwealth Extends Management Program

    Janet Levaux

    Early this month, Waltham, Mass-based Commonwealth Financial Network expects to begin the third year of a practice-management program that is nearly doubling revenue growth for...

  • Stock Exchange, Version 2.0

    Staff Writer

    The Nasdaq Stock Exchange has always been an innovator. From its start in the 1970s, when competing stock exchanges were still entrenched in the auction-based...

  • Fill in the Blank

    Bill Good

    Surveys have been a vital part of the focus of this column and in my own business as well. By conducting them periodically and studying...

  • For the Long Term

    Marie Swift

    The Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) signed February 8, 2006 revised Medicaid's "look-back period" and set up a nationwide long-term care insurance partnership program. As an...

  • '&&Boomers Bailing from Businesses

    David J. Drucker

    Boomers are hotter than Georgia asphalt these days. The industry has awakened to the fact that these quirky 42-to-60-year olds are going to be everyone's...

  • Eye on the Consumer

    Staff Writer

    Some firms now enjoy the benefits of restructuring; others should see earnings shift up later in 2006, analysts say. David PalmerUBS212-821-9315david-s.palmer@ubs.com Area of Coverage: Consumer Services --...

  • Money and the Professor

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Moshe A. Milevsky, a rabbi's son, loves to give advice. But he himself has consistently refused to take any -- at least conventional-wisdom career advice. And...

  • Taking the Initiative

    Ellen Uzelac

    In a move that is being closely watched on Wall Street, Smith Barney has launched Citigroup Institutional Consulting, a new business unit comprised of the...

  • 'RBC Dain Rauscher Grows on Rivals Home Turf

    Janet Levaux

    RBC Dain Rauscher knows how to pick its battles. It's going head-to-head with the likes of Wachovia Securities in, you guessed it, the Southeast. "Their appetite...

  • The Advisor Class

    Robert Scott Martin

    Research: Some advisors still consider T. Rowe Price primarily as a direct shop. Why isn't that the case any more? Cammack: To give you a perspective...

  • All Hail, Gatekeeper!

    Bill Miller

    By the powers vested in me by Research magazine, I am declaring the month of June "National Gatekeeper Month." Have you hugged your gatekeeper today?...

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