Research Magazine-May 2007

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  • Method to Her Math

    Alexei Bayer

    Getting an advanced degree in mathematics has become a pretty common path to Wall Street, where math geniuses routinely labor over proprietary trading models, sophisticated...

  • Training Days

    Bill Miller

    To train or not to train? That is the question -- unless you happen to be a financial advisor; then you have no choice. Training...

  • SSgA Shuffles Structure

    Staff Writer

    State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) has reshuffled its sales and relationship management team that serves financial intermediaries. Its newly renamed Intermediary Business Group comprises multiple...

  • IN BRIEF

    Janet Levaux

    Lord, Abbett & Co. has announced that Robert Morris, the firm's chief investment officer, has retired effective March 31 with 35-plus years of investment industry...

  • LPL Adds New Exec to Research Team

    Janet Levaux

    With the planned purchase of three Pacific Life broker dealers with 2,200 advisors, LPL is on track to include more than 10,000 FAs. To better...

  • Vanguard Adds International Offerings

    Staff Writer

    Although early 2007 saw previously ebullient overseas equity markets start to look a bit less secure, the more balanced environment has yet to deter the...

  • Payouts Up, Fees Down at Commonwelth

    Janet Levaux

    "This is the first year in which fees are exceeding commissions for us as a firm," says Wayne Bloom of Commonwealth Financial network. As a...

  • Rating ETFs

    Staff Writer

    Having trouble making sense of the ever-growing ETF marketplace? Asset management firm XTF has introduced a free rating service intended to help financial advisors to...

  • Breaking Into Retirement

    Mary Scott

    Seventy million baby boomers are approaching retirement age. And yet, only a small percentage of financial professionals sell employer retirement plans to their clients. Why?...

  • Sustainability Goes Mainstream

    Staff Writer

    Sustainability has evolved from a niche issue to an established feature of the investment landscape. As part of this transformation, the concept has expanded from...

  • Lesson 4: Inflation Rates and Retirement

    Moshe A. Milevsky

    Growing up in Latin America during the 1980s, I quickly learned how to adapt to the impact of inflation in daily life. With annual inflation...

  • Income Solutions

    Ellen Uzelac

    For the last few decades, financial advisors have gotten to be very good at wealth accumulation. It's what you do. It's where you live. But...

  • Built to Last

    Robert Scott Martin

    Research: If the price is right, does it matter which company guarantees an annuity? Stout: My opinion would be yes. Price is really not even the...

  • I Love to Sell - Part III

    Bill Good

    Once you have completed a profile of a new client, your next step is to prepare a set of written recommendations. This is where 99...

  • Incorporating the Value-Add

    Marie Swift

    Plenty of financial advisors nationwide are finding their client relationships extending beyond traditional investment management and planning into all aspects of their clients' lives. In...

  • A Tale of Two Retirements

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Life, as one learns soon enough, rarely rolls out according to plan. A stroke of luck, good or terrible, can change things in a flash....

  • Wachovia's New Bonus Makes Customer King

    Janet Levaux

    Wachovia Securities gave its 8,000 advisors a new "lucky" incentive for expanding their fee-based business on March 13: the "4front" bonus plan, which aims to...

  • Blogging for Business

    David J. Drucker

    Financial advice is all about client communication. A weblog, or "blog" for short, is about communication too. Is there a place, then, for blogging in...

  • Submerging Markets

    Alexei Bayer

    Emerging stock markets suddenly swooned in late February and early March, in a worldwide bout of selling triggered by a sharp decline in Chinese stocks....

  • 401k Firestorm

    Staff Writer

    Regardless of what you've read or been told, the usually calm 401(k) marketplace is facing a barrage of scrutiny that it's never experienced in its...

  • Systems and Solutions

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Trust a Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad to perceive estate planning as "an engineering problem." "It's how you put the pieces together to best serve families...

  • The Call of Success

    Patricia J. Abram

    In 2001, just after the horrific events of September 11th, as national sales manager I visited the offices of 60 advisors with the wholesalers I...

  • At Ease with Expertise

    Ellen Uzelac

    When Bud Kasper began developing his practice, he targeted corporate employees who were preparing to retire. "As so often happens, your clients direct you to...

  • Mortgage ETF Comes to Market

    Staff Writer

    Despite a quiet 2006, the bond-based ETF category has picked up this year with the addition of another new fund to the fixed-income universe. Barclays Global...

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