Research Magazine-March 2009

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  • Making Magic

    Ellen Uzelac

    When Raymond James & Associates recently named Dave Hilgendorf its Branch Manager of the Year, it didn't surprise those who work closest with him. He's known...

  • Biotech/Health Care Investing: Selective Growth

    Janet Levaux

    --- Alexandra Hauber J.P. Morgan 312-325-3694 Alexandra.m.hauber@jpmorgan.com We expect currency to have a significant impact on 2009 earnings. The biggest effect, due to the British pound weakness, is likely at...

  • Van Eck ETF Goes Indonesian

    Staff Writer

    Van Eck Global has introduced a new ETF that will track the Indonesian equity market. The Market Vectors Indonesia Index ETF (IDX) contains a small...

  • WisdomTree Renames Funds

    Staff Writer

    New York-based Wisdom Tree Investments has changed the names of six of its stock ETFs to include "equity income fund." "The equity income name better articulates...

  • ETF Assets Drop in 2008

    Staff Writer

    According to the National Stock Exchange, the combined assets of all U.S. exchange-traded funds were $534.58 billion at the end of 2008. This figure represents...

  • ICI Shares Fund-Industry Wish List

    Janet Levaux

    The head of the fund-industry's advocacy group has outlined the regulatory reforms that most need Washington's attention. Here's the list, compiled by Paul Schott Stevens...

  • Pax Pushes Social ETFs

    Staff Writer

    Pax World Funds has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to introduce three ETFs that follow a socially responsible investment strategy. The...

  • Vanguard Adds Bond-Index Fund

    Janet Levaux

    Vanguard says it has introduced a new broad-market bond index fund for use by Vanguard funds, including Vanguard's 11 Target Retirement and four Life Strategy...

  • Janus Gives Performance Update

    Janet Levaux

    Janus Capital Group says its full-year 2008 net income was $138.4 million, or $0.86 per share, vs. $192.0 million, or $1.07 per share, for 2007....

  • How RJFS, Advisors Cope in a Crisis

    Janet Levaux

    (San Antonio) "These are tough days involving tough business decisions," says Donald Runkle, chief compliance officer for Raymond James Financial Services in St. Petersburg, Fla.,...

  • Will Health-Care ETFs Recover?

    Staff Writer

    Despite their defensive nature, health-care stocks have been hospitalized, falling around 24 percent on average over the past year. The swift decline has created attractive...

  • REIT Investing: Shifts in Focus

    Janet Levaux

    --- Paul Puryear Raymond James 727-567-2253 Paul.Puryear@RaymondJames.com Not unlike last year, we approach 2009 with a lot of caution but we still recommend REITs as a defensive investment. There...

  • T. Rowe Grows Target-Date Funds

    Janet Levaux

    T. Rowe Price Group says target-date retirement investment portfolios continue to be a significant source of assets under management for T. Rowe. During the 2008 fourth...

  • Second Thoughts on First Impressions

    Alexei Bayer

    The name of Emmi Sorokin's image consulting firm is an inspired choice. It's a Man's World is tongue-in-cheek enough to avoid raising the ire of feminists,...

  • Will Obama's Plan Rebuild the Economy?

    Alexei Bayer

    In the 1920s, when the Soviet government was confiscating hidden gold, foreign currency and jewelry from previously wealthy citizens, a joke was making the rounds. An...

  • Learning New Ways

    Francois Gadenne

    How will you be able to gather net new assets? Will providing the same advisory process that -- by the way -- just lost about...

  • Leadership in Tough Times

    Ellen Uzelac

    Imagine several dozen of the nation's top financial advisors dressed in Under Armour, getting their blood drawn by technicians in white lab coats. Throw in...

  • Letter to Survivors

    Bill Good

    No matter what the market climate, some FAs will survive. And of the survivors, some will get rich. Even though there are more frowns than...

  • Growth Through Strategic Alliances

    Patricia J. Abram

    Of three main routes to business growth -- capturing additional assets from existing clients, getting new clients via referrals from existing clients, and forming strategic...

  • Advise Together, Rise Together

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    J. Christopher Cooke never entertained the idea of working with his financial advisor father for fear that, he says, they "might kill each other." Similarly, Mike...

  • Rethinking Risk

    Marie Swift

    For many clients, the years prior to 2007 were very good. Portfolio returns were pleasing and they didn't have to pay much attention to their...

  • The Silver Crisis

    Kenneth Silber

    This is a story of speculative excess and backlash. It involves commodity prices surging and then plunging, risks spreading through interconnected markets, and financial institutions...

  • Best Behavior

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Some folks hatch their best ideas while sitting at a desk, flossing their teeth or sipping joe at Starbucks. Not Shlomo Benartzi. His creativity is...

  • Moment of Truth

    Gil Weinreich, Gil Weinreich

    In trying times, when heroes are in such short supply, Americans have rallied around US Airways Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III, who safely landed a...

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