Research Magazine-November 2006

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  • Royal Alliance Shifts Gears

    Janet Levaux

    Much of the industry's future growth, as far as Royal Alliance's Larry Roth is concerned, lies in fee-based business. And Roth, who's been at the...

  • Tales from the Trenches

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Groucho Marx once joked puckishly: "I never forget a face -- but in your case, I'll make an exception!" To be sure, seldom has there been...

  • A Higher Level of Competence

    Alexei Bayer

    Russ Morton is a big man, which is what you'd expect of a University of Oklahoma graduate who spent the first decade of his career...

  • ICI Re-Elects Flanagan

    Janet Levaux

    The Investment Company Institute's Board of Governors has re-elected Martin L. Flanagan, president and CEO of Amvescap, to his second consecutive one-year term as chairman...

  • Catty Customers

    Mary Scott

    It's common knowledge that the traditional marketing model is outdated and irrelevant. Although television, radio and newspaper advertising is far from being totally inconsequential, we...

  • Few Shine as Market Stars

    Janet Levaux

    According to research firm Lipper and parent company Reuters, large-cap and value-oriented funds stand out as market-beating funds in the third quarter of 2006. Large-cap...

  • Women, Money and Power

    Robert Scott Martin

    Research: Do successful women still fear becoming bag ladies? Zesbaugh: I go right back to the survey on this one. Our data specifically indicated that 50...

  • Starfish organizations

    Mary Scott

    "If you cut off a spider's leg, it's crippled; if you cut off its head, it dies. But if you cut off a starfish's leg,...

  • Dealing with Insecurity

    Gil Weinreich, Gil Weinreich

    If you've been at something for a long enough time, you don't encounter too many surprises. Yet, despite a decade of financial journalism, I was...

  • Still a Bustling Market

    Staff Writer

    Investors have gotten used to a steady supply of new ETFs, and the third quarter didn't fail to match their expectations. Fund categories that saw...

  • Shifting Weights

    Staff Writer

    The argument between fundamentals on the one hand and size on the other is only getting louder, and the latest round of ETFs from PowerShares...

  • John Hancock Stages New Ad, Brand Push

    Janet Levaux

    John Hancock Financial Services is spending some $30 million this quarter to spread the word to both consumers and advisors that "the future is yours."...

  • O-Strip Gets the Hook

    Staff Writer

    Product deletions have been rare in the world of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), thanks to the industry's incredible growth in both new products and investor assets...

  • Thankful

    Bill Miller

    As the turkey's least favorite time of the year arrives, I reluctantly must face the inevitable truth. Another precious year has passed -- and I...

  • A.G. Edwards Rolls Out Referral Bonuses

    Janet Levaux

    Financial consultants working for A.G. Edwards are now eligible for bonuses worth up to $50,000 for referring a successful recruit to the St. Louis, Mo.-based...

  • Know Your Options

    Marie Swift

    While things have been pretty quiet since the tech boom of the 1990s, stock options are in the news again. Today, ongoing investigations related to...

  • What Alternatives Do Advisors Have?

    Staff Writer

    This past August, Morningstar and Research magazine surveyed financial advisors on the state of alternative investments. The perspective of and choices made by financial advisors,...

  • Dow 15,000

    Alexei Bayer

    In the late 1990s, as the stock market boom turned into a bubble and drifted into the stratosphere, investment books began to appear with titles...

  • Raising the Bar

    Ellen Uzelac

    Are you managing growth or is it managing you? It's an issue that's top of mind for successful advisors, no matter the stage in your...

  • Mutual Funds You Can Trust

    David J. Drucker

    In case you haven't noticed, Morningstar has been characterizing the mutual funds you research on its pages (or through its electronic services) as to their...

  • On the Fast Track

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Necessity is also the mother of re-invention. Meet Sabina F. McCarthy, clearly demonstrating and indeed personifying that figure of speech: From stay-at-home single mom, she...

  • Yearning for Learning

    Patricia J. Abram

    "That's the last test I'll ever take!" How many of us have said just these words after finishing a required licensing exam? Unfortunately, if you...

  • How To Qualify a Prospect

    Bill Good

    "Qualification" is the process of determining whether a person, family unit, or business unit is someone with whom you would like to do business. Quite obviously,...

  • Industry Spotlight: Insurance

    Staff Writer

    Changing dynamics mean new opportunities in the insurance sector, equity analysts say. Stewart Johnson Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. 212-381-9219 sjohnson@fbr.com Area of Coverage: Life Insurance Outlook: The industry outlook in...

  • Keeping Uncle Sam at Bay

    Staff Writer

    While mainstream and casual investors alike remain largely oblivious to the negative impact taxes can inflict on the performance of an investment portfolio, savvy advisors...

  • The Next Big Thing

    Staff Writer

    January 1, 2007 marks the start of a new era for advisors. The "fiduciary advisor" is a creation of the Pension Protection Act of 2006...

  • Teaching Children Well

    Ellen Uzelac

    When Alan Sitkoff first volunteered in Florida classrooms 10 years ago, he was struck by an alarming fact: Kids had no role models for financial...

  • Claymore Enters the ETF Arena

    Staff Writer

    Another flurry of exchange-traded funds has hit Wall Street in the form of five funds from ETF industry newcomer Claymore Securities and another five under...

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