Research Magazine-November 2012

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  • Vanguard Switching Indexes

    Janet Levaux

    To cut costs for investors, Vanguard plans to transition 22 funds, many of which have an ETF share class, to new indexes starting in 2013, the fund giant said in early October.

  • BofA to Pay $2.4B

    Janet Levaux

    Bank of America reached a settlement to end a class-action lawsuit with investors and will pay $2.43 billion, while also making certain corporate-governance reforms, the firm said in late September.

  • Schwab Strategist Upbeat

    Janet Levaux

    Bright spots in the U.S. economy, according to Charles Schwab Chief Investment Strategist Liz Ann Sonders, include housing and manufacturing, with a renaissance biased toward energy and autos.

  • Dividend Limits

    Michael Finke

    High dividend strategies seem to go in and out of favor.

  • Ground-Floor Opportunity

    Gil Weinreich

    While the decision voters make in just a few days has the potential to launch the economy on a path of economic growth, it is possible and perhaps likely that the next several years will be financially unrewarding.

  • This Is Your Client’s Brain on Finance

    Michael Finke

    Neuroscience can help us understand which advising strategies are most likely to succeed and why the most rational plan isnt always the most effective.

  • Advisor Impossible

    Bill Miller

    Have you noticed how many reality television shows there are these days?

  • Mergers: A Tech Nightmare for Advisors

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    No one presumes that technology integration between big financial services firms will be headache-free, but such unions can unleash tech fiascoes. At stake: advisor productivity and morale.

  • No Quick Fix

    Alexei Bayer

    No matter who ends up on top in this years closely fought presidential electionbilled by both Republicans and Democrats as the most important in a generationdont get too excited about the winners ability to fix the economy.

  • Cold Call Rewrite

    Bill Good

    I wrote about cold calling in my September and October columns and asked readers to take my survey. Heres the most poignant of 142 answers I got to the question, What is the most difficult part of the cold calling process?"

  • A Win-Win Approach

    Janet Levaux

    Theres a long list of challenges facing the world and the companies that do business in it: climate change, access to energy resources, adequate food supplies, clean air and water, health careand the list goes on.

  • Schwab Cuts ETF Fees

    Ron DeLegge

    In an aggressive move to attract more assets, Charles Schwab reduced the annual expense ratios on its 15 ETFs.

  • Avoiding the Margin Call

    Ron DeLegge

    I saw a sexy advertisement from a brokerage firm bragging about its rock bottom borrowing rates.

  • Investors OK With ‘New Normal’

    Janet Levaux

    According to the latest results of the Merrill Lynch Affluent Insights Survey, close to 45% of Americans accept the tough economic conditions.

  • Should Advisors Run for Office?

    Kenneth Silber

    FPA head Paul Auslander recently argued advisors should get more interested in public office. Why, though, has the interest been so modest to begin with?

  • Joint Venture Drops Smith Barney

    Janet Levaux

    Morgan Stanley says that its U.S. wealth management business is now branded Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (MSWM).

  • What’s Driving Industry Shifts?

    Janet Levaux

    The number of wirehouse advisors and their asset base continues to drop, says a report released by Cerulli Associates on Monday.

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