Research Magazine-March 2007

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  • Historic Highs

    Staff Writer

    Analysts expect the valuations of REITs to remain solid in 2007, though the sector may experience some volatility. Christopher R. Lucas Robert W. Baird & Co. 703-821-5780 crlucas@rwbaird.com Area of...

  • CPA Alliances

    Mary Scott

    Many financial advisors understand that in order to expand their practices it's increasingly important to acquire another business, be acquired, or affiliate with other professionals...

  • Diverse Fund Groups Make Strong Showing

    Janet Levaux

    In terms of global flows into market funds, emerging markets and global equity funds captured the lion's share in 2006, according to Emerging Portfolio Fund...

  • More Energy, Metals, Ag Funds Launched

    Staff Writer

    Compared to stocks and bonds, commodities still have a lot of respect to gain as a "standard" asset class, and PowerShares and Deutsche Bank hope...

  • State Street Returns to Its Roots

    Staff Writer

    Being "old school" isn't always such a bad thing. In the case of the burgeoning ETF business, having a long track record seems to be...

  • Wisdom Tree Enters 401k Field

    Staff Writer

    Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are invading the 401(k) marketplace, and it doesn't look like the big push will let up any time soon. The latest entrant is...

  • New Bond ETFs Trade on NYSE

    Staff Writer

    Despite the booming number of new ETFs over the past several years, the bond category has been relatively quiet, but Barclays Global Investors (BGI) has...

  • ICI Study Finds Improving Opinion

    Janet Levaux

    Shareholders view mutual fund companies more favorably today than they did in 2003, when the industry hit a low point, according to the Investment Company...

  • ETF Assets Up $13.4 Billion

    Staff Writer

    According to the Investment Company Institute (ICI), the combined assets of U.S. ETFs grew $13.43 billion to $396.73 billion in November. This represented a 3.5 percent...

  • A.G. Edwards' Trust Wins Approval

    Janet Levaux

    Pre-tax earnings for A.G. Edwards in the quarter ending November 30, 2006, have risen nearly 65 percent to $124 million vs. the same period a...

  • IN BRIEF

    Janet Levaux

    John Hancock Funds has introduced two new fund-of-funds products: the John Hancock International Allocation Portfolio and the John Hancock Lifecycle Portfolios. "Both new products demonstrate our...

  • Planting, Building and Vacuuming

    Staff Writer

    Ask successful businesspeople what propelled their careers and you will get a range of different answers, indicating there are multiple paths to success. While that's...

  • First Impressions

    Bill Miller

    You only get one chance to make a first impression. I remember how my dad used to tell me that over and over again. And...

  • Positive Outlook

    Staff Writer

    Companies in a variety of biotech and health-care sectors should see sales and development progress in 2007, analysts say. Edward A. Tenthoff Piper Jaffray & Co. 212-284-9403 edward.a.tenthoff@pjc.com Area of...

  • Centers of Influence

    Patricia J. Abram

    The best way to succeed is to be successful on purpose, working not just in your business, but also on your business. Following Steven Covey's...

  • Business Development

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    You've stopped to smell the roses. Good for you! Now wake up and smell the coffee. Yes, a new era has been brewing in the...

  • Are Brokers Entitled to Overtime Pay?

    Staff Writer

    It started with, "Huh -- brokers should be paid overtime?" Fast forward, Smith Barney and UBS have settled nationally (for $98 million and $89 million,...

  • The Harvard of Broker-Dealers

    Alexei Bayer

    If you want to know what a broker-dealer is like," says Joseph Deitch over a cup of first-rate lobster bisque at the Harvard Club on...

  • Dean of College Funding

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Deborah Fox knew it was time for a career switch when one day, working at a fish farm, she was tossing Purina Fish Chow into...

  • I Love to Sell!

    Bill Good

    In 1991, I wrote a series of articles called "I Love to Prospect." I titled it that because most people hate prospecting and would rather...

  • Cash is King, For This Year at Least

    Alexei Bayer

    U.S. stocks had a lackluster 2006. It may seem churlish to say this, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average breaking a six-year-old record and rocketing...

  • Retirement Conversations

    Marie Swift

    Try asking these questions at a social gathering: "How much money will you need to enjoy a comfortable retirement? How much does that mean you...

  • Beyond the Crisis

    Robert Scott Martin

    Research: We hear a lot about the future of retirement. What aren't we hearing that we need to know? Salsbury: I will turn the finger and...

  • To HOLD or to Fold?

    Staff Writer

    On any given day, HOLDRs are among the highest-volume securities traded on the American Stock Exchange, but a cloud of confusion still surrounds their inner...

  • Comic Relief

    Ellen Uzelac

    At night after work, when private wealth manager Michael W. Cartwright is alone in his studio, he is driven by the fictional fate of Kerwin,...

  • Financial Advisor Global Reach

    David J. Drucker

    American culture and behaviors from movies to fast food, get exported every day -- and wealth management is no exception. Of course, private banking, the precursor...

  • Recruiters' Least-Favorite Reg

    Ellen Uzelac

    A National Association of Securities Dealers policy that prohibits the use of block transfers of clients' mutual funds and variable annuity contracts has helped stall...

  • Energy, Metal and Ag Funds Launched

    Staff Writer

    Compared to stocks and bonds, commodities still have a lot of respect to gain as a "standard" asset class, and PowerShares and Deutsche Bank hope...

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