Research Magazine-May 2013

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  • Beware of Target-Date Funds

    Ron DeLegge

    I think any financial advisor who recommends or sells a target-date fund is out of their mind. Almost one in four 401(k) participants invest solely in TDFs, yet flaws with these types of investments abound.

  • Investing for a Lifetime With Life-Cycle Investing

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    A decade ago, Paula H. Hogan had one of those incredible a-ha moments. It was profound, with deep implications for the advisors businessperhaps even for the entire financial services industry.

  • FA Satisfaction as Measured by J. D. Power

    Janet Levaux

    Satisfaction among independent advisors made a nice improvement over the past year, while that of employee advisors declined slightly, according to the latest J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Financial Advisor Satisfaction Study.

  • Phoenix Report Shows Channel Distinctions

    Janet Levaux

    Theres no question that financial advisors follow mutual fund and exchange-traded fund companies very closely, and its an equal certainty that among those fund firms, advisors have their favorite mutual fund and ETF brands.

  • We’re Back Baby!

    Bill Miller

    Phew! We made it back, finally. Im talking about the DJIA, of course. After years and years of giving us absolutely no comfort at all, the DJIA is back in record territory (assuming no great market collapse between now and press time).

  • BDs Share Latest FA

    Janet Levaux

    In early April, Baird said it recruited a team of seven employee advisors with about $770 million in client assets from Wells Fargo in Houston, while Royal Alliance announced that it added two independent teams in Chicago and Salt Lake City with combined assets of more than $400 million and...

  • The Advisor as Inspirer

    Ellen Uzelac

    How do you lead your employees, your clients, your life? Do you want to do a better job of it? Here are tips from top experts.

  • Hurricane Lessons

    Bob Seawright

    When people calculate their risk of hurricane damage and make decisions about hurricane insurance, they consistently misread their prior experience and make poor choices, according to a recent study.

  • Delivering the Promises of Natural Gas

    Ron Jibson

    I am going to tell you about the role natural gas currently plays in the United States and the role it can, and should, play in Americas future.

  • The Future of FAs & IT

    Janet Levaux

    The broker-dealer industry is going through a less-than-wonderful transition to a more automated and tech-connected world, according to many experts and insiders at TechLeaders 2013, a B-2-B conference. The annual conference, held each spring in the greater Dallas area, drew about 150 professionals. The event highlighted the multiple challenges faced...

  • Michael Finke: Is the 4% Rule Folly?

    Michael Finke

    What began as a good-faith exercise to point out the risks from withdrawing too much each year from a retirement portfolio has gained a mythic and potentially unhelpful place among advisors.

  • Markets, Funds & Flows: Super Q1’13

    Janet Levaux

    The Dow and S&P 500 indices reached all-time highs this first quarter of 2013, which boosted investor inflows and the performance of many equity fund categories, according to several reports released this week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average had returns of 11.25% for the quarter, while the S&P 500 returned...

  • Fighting for His Clients

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Christopher L. Walker started out as a transactional wirehouse broker making a whopping 400 daily dials. Yet inside this conscientious cold-caller was a consultative, relationship-oriented advisor yearning to break free.

  • Will Indexing Kill the Market?

    Marshall Jaffe

    One of the fundamental laws of investing is that when everyone agrees on something there is something important they are not seeing.

  • Has Your Profession Left You?

    Gil Weinreich

    A high school teacher in Syracuse, N.Y., recently gained notoriety when he posted his resignation on his Facebook page. Jerry Contis lamentation about educationI am not leaving my profession, in truth, it has left meimmediately went viral.

  • Hedging Rate Spikes

    Ron DeLegge

    Van Eck Global introduced a new corporate bond ETF that hedges against rising interest rates.

  • A Look at Declining Expense Ratios

    Janet Levaux

    Its easy to assume that the widening adoption of low-cost ETFs could be the main force driving prices down for investment products, or maybe its the push for further openness causing the drop in fund fees and expenses. Think again. The Investment Company Institute cites a number of other reasons...

  • Playing Defense on Bonds

    Ron DeLegge

    The recent bull market in bond prices has been called the biggest bond bubble in history. Thanks to a combination of stock-averse investors and multi-billion dollar purchases of U.S. Treasuries by the Federal Reserve, higher bond prices have fueled the boom. But what happens when the trend reverses? How can...

  • Fidelity Expands Menu

    Ron DeLegge

    Among its peers, Fidelity hasnt been the most aggressive in its attempt to accommodate ETF investors. But the Boston-based firm is trying to change that.

  • Stolid Switzerland’s Different Path

    Alexei Bayer

    Both the U.S. and Switzerland are pulling out of the post-2008 global economic slump on the wave of speculative bubbles. But while Washington is stoking its bubble, hoping for faster growth, the Swiss are working to prevent theirs from getting out of hand.

  • Exploiting Attractive Resources

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Natural gas continues to attract favorable attention as a key energy source for the United States. To better understand what trends are affecting the market for natural gas and stock in the sector, we turned to four industry experts.

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