Research Magazine-June 2011

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  • Whacking Moles?

    Bill Good

    Of course you played the game. A silly face pops up, WHACK. Then another. WHACK. No matter how good and how fast you are, there’s always another…

  • Getting High in the Munibond Market

    Ron DeLegge

    Some munibond investors complain that yields still aren’t high enough, but a new munibond ETF from State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) aims to change…

  • Going Small in Germany, Russia

    Ron DeLegge

    Van Eck Global added the Market Vectors Russia Small-Cap ETF (RSXJ) and the Market Vectors Germany Small-Cap ETF (GERJ) to its lineup. RSXJ focuses on…

  • The Differentiation Dilemma

    Raphael Lapin

    As financial advisors, one of the more intimidating but inescapable aspects of the business is meeting with prospective clients and trying to obtain new…

  • Christmas in Summer

    Robert Tyndall

    Years into the economic crisis, the business environment remains a challenging one. U.S. home price deflation, which precipitated the crisis, has clocked…

  • LPL Posts Strong First-Quarter Profits

    Janet Levaux

    LPL Financial reported first-quarter 2011 profits of $49.0 million, 91.7 percent higher than the $25.6 million in profits it reported a year ago. In addition,…

  • Consumer Sectors: Healthy Outlook

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Christopher Growe Stifel Nicolaus 314-342-8494 growec@stifel.com Kraft Foods reported its first quarter EPS of $0.52, which was $0.04 above our estimate…

  • Waste Disposal Gets ETF

    Ron DeLegge

    Want to add some garbage to your clients’ portfolios? A new ETF called the Global X Waste Management ETF (WSTE) invests in companies involved in…

  • Vanguard Lowers Minimums

    Janet Levaux

    Vanguard said in mid-May that it would reduce the minimum investment requirement from $3,000 to $1,000 for the 12 funds in its index-based Target Retirement…

  • Investing with Standards

    Ron DeLegge

    Disasters like BP’s oil spill last year and Japan’s nuclear crisis have increased the public’s awareness about investing in companies…

  • Retirement Planning Gone Awry

    Bob Seawright

    The financial services industry finally seems to be getting its collective arms around the inherent differences between investors focused upon pre-retirement…

  • Indie Advisors’ Growing Pains

    Ellen Uzelac

    Independent channel executives love to cheer their space — and no wonder. It continues to grab market share. It exudes a strong client-first mindset.…

  • Mexico’s Resilient Market

    Kenneth Silber

    Mexico’s long-ago president, José Porfirio Díaz, is credited with a memorable, though likely apocryphal, quote, which translates as:…

  • Facebook Frenzy

    Alexei Bayer

    Until the 1990s, the United States was thought to be a mature industrial economy. Economists were saying that at a mature stage an industrial economy…

  • Giving Clients What They Need

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Are there ways to prevent clients from acting on self-defeating impulses and faulty thinking? Look to the fascinating findings of behavioral finance.…

  • Curious Fellow

    Ellen Uzelac

    Robert Laura, PRESIDENT OF SYNERGOS FINANCIAL GROUP AND CO-FOUNDER OF RETIREMENTPROJECT.ORG HOWELL, MI SOUNDBITE: “The advisor community has an…

  • Research Groups Post Latest Data, Trends

    Janet Levaux

    According to the Financial Research Corporation, stock and bond funds experienced net inflows of $32.7 billion in March. International/global equity-objective…

  • The Moment

    Bill Miller

    I’m a sap. Every year I get sucked into watching American Idol. Some might classify it as a mild obsession. My only saving grace (I tell myself)…

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