Research Magazine-November 2007

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  • Cutting the Tax Man's Take

    Staff Writer

    If you're looking for ways to boost your client's investment performance, the key may reside in how well you use ETFs to reduce the bite...

  • What Alternatives Do Advisors Have?

    Staff Writer

    For the second consecutive year, Morningstar and Research have surveyed advisors nationwide on their perception of and experience with alternative investments. [Note: Charts appear at end...

  • Dow Jones/Barron's Launch Benchmark

    Staff Writer

    Dow Jones Indexes and Barron's have unveiled the Barron's 400 index, which tracks the performance of highly liquid U.S. stocks, highlighting America's most promising companies...

  • In Search of a Solution

    Gil Weinreich, Gil Weinreich

    A cardiologist recently advised a relative to have a certain surgical procedure. Because her husband was in between jobs, they made extra sure they were...

  • New Farm, REIT Funds

    Staff Writer

    Van Eck Global has introduced the Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF (MOO), which tracks the DAXglobal Agribusiness index -- itself comprising 40 ADRs and common stocks...

  • Branding Pays Off, Says Cerulli Study

    Janet Levaux

    In a crowded marketplace, large advertising budgets and careful branding strategies can play a significant role in a fund family's success, explains Cerulli Associates, the...

  • Securities Jobs Finally Take a Hit

    Janet Levaux

    The overall financial services sector made headline news with jobs falling by 14,000 for two months in a row (August and September), mainly as a...

  • Intoducing the ELEMENTS

    Staff Writer

    Four of the world's leading financial organizations have teamed up to launch a new series of exchange-traded notes (ETNs) called ELEMENTS. The first product is linked...

  • Muni ETFs Lock Horns

    Staff Writer

    Investors searching for tax-exempt income do not have just one new place to look in the ETF marketplace, but two. In September, Barclays Global Investors launched...

  • First Republic Bank Now Part of Merrill

    Janet Levaux

    Merrill Lynch has completed the merger of First Republic Bank, which is now part of Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust. First Republic, a private banking...

  • I Can Do That

    Bill Miller

    Having frolicked in the financial services playground for the past 20 years, every now and then I come across the ambitious young buck who knows...

  • Can Funds Own ETFs?

    Staff Writer

    The SEC has granted Power-Shares exemptive relief that allows mutual funds to invest a greater portion of their assets in the company's exchange-traded funds (ETFs). According...

  • Brain Trust

    Mary Scott

    Imagine picking the brains of more than a dozen top-notch financial advisors on the key issue for most clients: retirement. That's exactly what Lyn Fisher...

  • Franklin Templeton Forges Growth Path

    Janet Levaux

    Franklin Templeton Investments of San Mateo, Calif., appears to have found quite a sweet spot in the industry. Assets stand at $624 billion, the company...

  • Teaching Investors to Tell Time

    Alexei Bayer

    Prof. Bodie combines the easy charm of an accomplished public speaker with the intellectual vigor and clarity of exposition of a Harvard-MIT-trained professor. He is...

  • Fast-Track Your Success

    Patricia J. Abram

    Are you completely satisfied with the financial success -- and quality of life -- provided by your business? Most financial advisors today have pretty good...

  • Mind Over Money

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    In Your Money and Your Brain: How the New Science of Neuroeconomics Can Help Make You Rich (Simon & Schuster), author Jason Zweig, a senior...

  • FPA Leaders Chart Path for Group's Expansion

    Janet Levaux

    Marv Tuttle, executive director of the Denver-based Financial Planning Association, says he is "ecstatic" at the outcome of the group's 2007 annual convention, held September...

  • Edward Jones in 2007: 'A Very Good Year'

    Janet Levaux

    Edward Jones continues to stay at the top of the customer and financial advisor satisfaction charts. But with Wachovia's plans to consolidate its brokerage business...

  • Fiduciary Funds

    David J. Drucker

    Three years ago, Morningstar introduced what it calls its Stewardship Grades. Three years later, it is revising its ranking methodology. Explains Laura Lutton, a Morningstar analyst...

  • The Banking Bubble

    Alexei Bayer

    China's two domestic stock markets caused a global panic in late February and early March when they dropped by nearly 10 percent in just a...

  • On the Front Lines

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Three's the charm, and so it is with Gary W. Cotter's practice located inside the sunny retirement community of Sun City Center. In a career...

  • Taking Back Money Management

    Bill Good

    As early as the mid-1980s, someone with an eye on the securities industry could forecast the end of the "customer's man," otherwise known as the...

  • Riding the Wave of the Future

    Ellen Uzelac

    Two years ago, at a conference Fran?ois Gadenne hosted on the emerging shift from asset accumulation to retirement income distribution, a man got up and...

  • IN BRIEF

    Janet Levaux

    On October 31, Thomas Faust became chairman and CEO of Eaton Vance, succeeding James Hawkes, who retired. This changing of the guard was announced in...

  • A New Consultative Model

    Marie Swift

    As the industry has evolved, financial advisors and registered reps have continued to seek better ways to connect with and attract the right clients. Thought-leaders...

  • Time for Tech

    Staff Writer

    Software companies are finding demand growth and other opportunities, which should life stock prices, according to an equity analyst. --- Marc GeallCitigroup+44-20-7986-4026marc.geall@citi.com Area of coverage: Software Sector outlook: We...

  • Building the Income Pillar

    Robert Scott Martin

    Research: How should advisors approach the distribution phase?Bernard: Financial security approaching retirement has historically been built on the pillar of accumulation, which is all about...

  • Lesson 10: Questions to Ask Annuity Wholesalers

    Moshe A. Milevsky

    Guaranteed living benefits (GLiBs) within variable annuities have evolved from being an ancillary benefit offered on a rather boring investment product, and have now grown...

  • The $20 Trillion Question

    Ellen Uzelac

    Twenty trillion dollars is roughly the amount of money that retirees in coming years will be drawing down; but no one has figured out the...

  • Smith Barney Shares New '08 Comp Plan

    Janet Levaux

    Smith Barney started the year with the return of Sallie Krawcheck. The re-tapped head of Citigroup's global wealth management divisions pledged to focus on several...

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