Research Magazine-November 2008

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  • Claymore Launches Global Shipping Fund

    Staff Writer

    Claymore Securities, known for its narrowly focused exchange-traded funds, has just launched the Claymore/Delta Global Shipping Index ETF (SEA). The ETF tracks companies from the...

  • The ETF 'Safety Net'

    Staff Writer

    Ford's Model T was the car that "put America on wheels". ETFs were the vehicle that brought sector investing from Wall Street to Main Street. Sector...

  • ETFs vs. Mutual Funds

    Staff Writer

    Earlier this year, during April, May and June, ETF Providers were busy launching new ETFs. Close to 110 new ETFs were unveiled in this three-month...

  • IRAs: An Untapped Resource

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) have been around for years, but many taxpayers still fail to take advantage of the accounts, according to a recent study...

  • Looking Ahead

    Staff Writer

    We all know we live in a fast-paced world, but very few 12-month periods have seen as much change and commotion as the recent year....

  • The Green Thing

    Bill Miller

    Green has always been the favorite color of financial advisors. Back in the early 1800s, when I was studying for my Series 7 exam, visions...

  • Five Questions for the Retirement Advisor

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    What retirement issue has hit you or your clients out of left field, and how did you resolve it? Medical premiums. They can approach $1,200 a...

  • Equity Funds Suffer, Bond Funds Mixed

    Janet Levaux

    As the markets went through further volatility in reaction to the deepening crisis of confidence in the banking system, many mutual fund investors decided to...

  • Workers Nervous About Retirement

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    If you've sensed increased concern about retirement income from your middle-aged clients, you're right, according to the results of a phone survey done for the...

  • Time for a Deep Breath

    Janet Levaux

    These are interesting times, indeed, notes Jeff Testerman of www.brokerhunter.com in his latest employment report. The economy recently suffered its worst job loss since March...

  • Balancing Predictability and Volatility

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    The market's volatility has reinforced the need for diversification among income sources in retired clients' portfolios, and a recent study, "Four Strategies for Retiring Clients,"...

  • View from Wall Street: 'A Challenging Time'

    Janet Levaux

    Paul Santucci, head of Field development and talent acquisition for wealth management U.S. at UBS, says that advisors are not leaving UBS "in droves," as...

  • How Target-Date ETFs Are Holding Up

    Staff Writer

    Target-date or life-cycle funds have been available on a mutual fund chassis for decades. In theory, this breed of a balanced fund automatically adjusts the...

  • Pimco to Enter ETF Business

    Staff Writer

    The reputation of Pacific Investment Management Company (Pimco) as a shrewd bond fund manager has served the company well. Soon, everyone will learn if that...

  • AIG Advisors: What's Next?

    Janet Levaux

    In early October, American International Group said it would "refocus the company on its core property and casualty insurance businesses, generate sufficient liquidity to repay...

  • Mutual Fund Converts to ETF

    Staff Writer

    It's been a rare occurrence, but some closed-end mutual funds are opting to become exchange-traded funds. To that end, Claymore Advisors announced that the shareholders of...

  • Putnman Closes One Fund; Federated, Feds Step In

    Janet Levaux

    Putnam Funds is participating in the U.S. Treasury's Money Market Guaranty Program, the company announced October 1. The program provides coverage to shareholders of Putnam's...

  • Reflections on Finance's 'Revolution'

    Gil Weinreich, Gil Weinreich

    By now, the snowballing financial crisis has gotten everyone's attention. With the damage approaching $1.4 trillion and counting, it is still too early to weigh...

  • Bear Stearns Liquidates ETF

    Staff Writer

    Just months after being launched, the plug has already been pulled on the Bear Stearns Currency Yield Fund (YYY). The fund, which gained infamy for...

  • Bad News Inspiring Bearish ETFs

    Staff Writer

    The financial crisis that accelerated when Lehman Brothers Holdings (LEH) was pushed into bankruptcy protection sent chills through stock markets around the world. Exchange-traded funds...

  • Vanguard Mulls Fed Program

    Janet Levaux

    Vanguard says that, as of September 30, it has yet to decide whether it will participate in the U.S. Department of the Treasury's program to...

  • Global Observation

    Marie Swift

    In my last two articles, I laid out the patterns of globalization that are affecting the financial planning profession. In this final installment, I will...

  • Fundamental Indexing: The Real Deal?

    David J. Drucker

    For those not following the fundamental indexing phenomenon, here's a brief primer. Influenced by the 1999 technology stock bubble and its disastrous consequences for investors, Robert...

  • Has Gold Lost Its Mojo?

    Staff Writer

    After breaking the $1,000 an ounce barrier during the spring, gold's seemingly invincible run has hit a brick wall. Has gold lost its mojo? The price...

  • Models and Reality

    Francois Gadenne

    Discussions with Retirement Income Industry Association board members, such as Tom Johnson from MassMutual, often start with this question: What are the core discussions that...

  • New Horizons

    Janet Levaux

    Hennessy Advisors President Kevin Rowell knows the mutual-fund industry inside and out, after work at Pioneer, Safeco, Putnam and other firms. He gave Research some...

  • Brokers & Other Monsters

    Kenneth Silber

    If you generally feel good about being a financial advisor, it's probably not because of the glowing depictions of the field you've seen in movies...

  • Iron Man

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    It was always James D. Nagengast's plan -- after eighty-sixing a teenage notion to be a doctor, lawyer or computer scientist -- to turn a...

  • 2008 Advisor Hall of Fame

    Ellen Uzelac

    Welcome to Research magazine's Advisor Hall of Fame, now in its 18th year. This eagerly anticipated annual feature has become a benchmark of excellence in...

  • Research Revolution

    Ellen Uzelac

    For years, Dennis Gallant was a well-known director at Cerulli Associates, leading the firm's consulting and new business development efforts. He was also responsible for...

  • Blueprint for Success

    Patricia J. Abram

    When I was the chief marketing officer for an investment company, an up-and-coming manager requested an interview to pick my brain and get to know...

  • Selective Strength

    Staff Writer

    Insurers with better capital and assets, as well as superior underwriting and growing earnings, offer investors good opportunities at this time, analysts say. --- Jukka Lipponen, CFAKeefe,...

  • Q&A: Wirehouses Are Down, But Not Out

    Janet Levaux

    Research spoke with Chip Roame, head of Tiburon Strategic Advisors in Northern California, about the latest news affecting the wirehouse firms and the industry. Research: What...

  • The New Retirement Advisor

    Ellen Uzelac

    There's been a lot of talk about retirement income distribution planning over the last couple of years. Now for the action -- early stage industry...

  • Replacing Stocks

    Staff Writer

    If the government won't give you a tax break, then create one for yourself. This is a philosophy I believe more financial advisors and their...

  • Russian Lesson

    Alexei Bayer

    Earlier this year, when it became clear that the U.S. economy was at risk of a recession, some economists claimed that the global repercussions of...

  • The Changing Landscape

    Janet Levaux

    As part of Bank of America's planned purchase of Merrill Lynch, BofA Chairman and CEO Ken Lewis has said that Merrill Lynch Chairman and CEO...

  • The Undead Rise Again

    Bill Good

    Chances are you will have this copy of the magazine in hand on or about Halloween, with its various ghostly phenomena. I would suggest that...

  • The Big Picture

    Alexei Bayer

    There used to be a commercial for kosher franks which checked off all kinds of chemicals, dyes, meat byproducts and other additives the government allowed...

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