Research Magazine-March 2008

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  • Advisors Buck Trend of Falling Results

    Janet Levaux

    Some global investment firms are reporting sizeable net losses for the fourth quarter and full-year 2007 as a result of write-downs associated with U.S. collateralized...

  • Banking on Themes

    Staff Writer

    Most of us know about theme parks and theme restaurants, but are you familiar with theme-based investing? Indeed, many investors are just beginning to appreciate...

  • Partnerships for 2008

    Bill Good

    Many moons ago, I believed everything I had been told about partnerships. I believed they were even less stable than marriages; that 90 percent of...

  • New and Improved Risk Profiling

    Francois Gadenne

    By now we should all know, given the press coverage on the issue, that the first of our 76 million baby boomer generation turned 60...

  • Legg Mason Names Fetting New CEO

    Janet Levaux

    Legg Mason has appointed Mark R. Fetting, 53, as the firm's president and CEO, with Legg Mason co-founder and Chairman Raymond "Chip" Mason serving as...

  • New Commodities ETF

    Staff Writer

    The Greenhaven Continuous Commodity Index Fund (GCC) is the latest entrant in the fast growing arena of commodity ETFs. The fund will track the Continuous Commodity...

  • Big Board Announces Amex Deal

    Staff Writer

    NYSE Euronext has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the American Stock Exchange (Amex). The proposed business combination, which has been approved by both...

  • Tim Ryan to Lead Securities Association

    Janet Levaux

    The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) has appointed T. Timothy Ryan, Jr. as its chief executive officer to be based in New York....

  • Pershing Launches ETF Center

    Staff Writer

    Pershing has launched an Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF) Center that provides its introducing broker-dealer and independent registered investment advisor (RIA) customers with a centralized source for...

  • Fund Sales to Face More Pressure

    Janet Levaux

    Boston-based Financial Research Corporation has projected that mutual fund net sales should grow 2 percent a year and reach $340 billion by 2012. Other products,...

  • Know Your Client

    Bill Miller

    One of the great joys of being a financial advisor is the opportunity it provides to develop a close relationship with your broker-dealer's compliance department....

  • Bonds, Large Blend Top the '07 Charts

    Janet Levaux

    Fund data complied by the Financial Research Corporation of Boston shows investors have been actively moving from equities to bonds, with intermediate-term bonds capturing the...

  • A Step-by-Step Guide

    Mary Scott

    As a long-time managing director at Merrill Lynch in Colorado, David Mullen hired and trained more than 500 advisors. His training program was considered superior...

  • More Than (Just) Money

    Gil Weinreich, Gil Weinreich

    Inheritance can be a sensitive issue, primarily for clients of course but also for their advisors. For clients, there may be the shock of death,...

  • Bulls, Bears & Presidents

    Kenneth Silber

    It was a tumultuous election year. The incumbent president, having served two terms, was not running. His party faced what looked like an uphill fight...

  • A New Global Force?

    Alexei Bayer

    Sovereign wealth funds -- government-owned funds often amassed from petrodollar surpluses and geared toward investment in foreign industrial and financial assets -- have become seemingly...

  • IN BRIEF

    Janet Levaux

    Fidelity Investments has reopened its 45-year-old Fidelity Magellan Fund to new investors, effective January 15. The fund had been closed to new accounts since September...

  • Crossing the 'Ts'

    Marie Swift

    Burk and Julie Rosenthal remember the day when they sat down with their client to discuss the 72(t) distribution plan he had already begun. He...

  • The Effective Executive

    David J. Drucker

    For years now, I've been writing books and articles about the virtual office and office efficiency, but lately my attention has turned to personal productivity. Why?...

  • (Yawn)

    Ellen Uzelac

    What happened to the much-anticipated RAND report? Players across the industry expected the study, ordered by the Securities and Exchange Commission, to provide guidance about...

  • Special Scenarios

    Janet Levaux

    As conditions in the housing and credit markets unfold, certain real estate investment trusts are positioned for solid financial performance. --- Ken AvalosRaymond James (727) 567-2660Ken.Avalos@RaymondJames.com Paul D....

  • Inheritance

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Max Asnas, the colorful founder of New York City's Stage Delicatessen, also famous as "The Corned Beef Confucius," philosophized: "Money is something you got to make...

  • Healthy Entrance

    Janet Levaux

    Stocks in health care, including biotech and pharmaceuticals, are poised for higher levels in 2008 - thanks to present valuations, developing pipelines and acquisition horizons,...

  • Subprime Prophet

    Alexei Bayer

    Gary Shilling meets me at the bar of the restaurant with a large plastic jar in his hands. Since developing a serious beekeeping hobby a...

  • Big Ideas for Small Businesses

    Ellen Uzelac

    Financial advisors were stunned last fall when industry consultant Mark Tibergien, who enjoys near celebrity status in his field, left Moss Adams for a new...

  • The Ins and Outs of Referrals

    Patricia J. Abram

    My most requested speech last year was on mastering referrals. After some 30 years in the business, I'm still surprised to find such a large...

  • Banking on Boomers

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    What does the retirement-income security strategist foresee? This enormously influential demographic will keep on making history -- big-time. Financial advisors, take careful note. "As they've grown up,...

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