Research Magazine-October 2006

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  • Creating Income for Life

    Marie Swift

    With an estimated 78 million baby boomers poised to retire over the next 25 years, financial advisors face widespread challenges meeting the needs of this...

  • iShares Commodity Products Debut

    Staff Writer

    Just as commodities have enjoyed a major bull run, a wave of commodity-linked investments is looking to make its way into investors' hearts. Barclays Global Investors...

  • 401(k) Accounts See Further Growth

    Janet Levaux

    The average account balance for U.S. workers consistently maintaining 401(k) accounts from 1999 through 2005 increased 50 percent -- to over $102,000 from about $67,800...

  • New Filings Offer Excitment

    Staff Writer

    An already busy third quarter saw a flurry of ETF registration filings. WisdomTree, which recently launched a new menu of dividend-oriented ETFs, is looking to add...

  • When Good Sectors Go Bad

    Staff Writer

    At one time, technology was the envy of the market world. Today, years after the sector turned from investor darling to scapegoat, the bleeding continues:...

  • New Filings Promise Excitement

    Staff Writer

    An already busy third quarter saw a flurry of ETF registration filings. WisdomTree, which recently launched a new menu of dividend-oriented ETFs, is looking to add...

  • LPL to Buy Uvest, Add 675 FAs

    Janet Levaux

    LPL is making another significant move in the Southeast, with plans to buy UVEST Financial Services of Charlotte, N.C., which provides third-party investment services to...

  • A Product Tailored for Advice

    Robert Tyndall

    The explosion of ETF assets from zero to almost $50 billion between 1993 and year-end 2000 marked an unusually fast rate of growth. Normally, such...

  • Tech Overload

    Bill Miller

    Technology used to be one of my best buddies. Back in grade school, I was the first kid on the block to have a cassette...

  • Schilffarth-Schnoll Team Moves to RBC Dain

    Janet Levaux

    The team of Richard Schilffarth and Howard Schnoll, known for their pioneering work in separately managed accounts, is joining the Milwaukee office of RBC Dain...

  • Raymond James Assoc. Signs Brokerage Pact

    Janet Levaux

    In another push to let Raymond James & Associates' brokers know that they "own their book of business," the retail brokerage unit of Raymond James...

  • DFA Enjoying Expansion

    Janet Levaux

    In the first six months of 2006, Dimensional Fund Advisors had nearly $6.4 billion in net inflows, up from close to $5.6 billion in the...

  • More Funds Keep Flowing into ETFs

    Staff Writer

    According to the Investment Company Institute (ICI), the combined assets of U.S. exchange-traded funds grew by 3.2 percent or $10.43 billion in June to a...

  • Advisor Advocate

    Ellen Uzelac

    A colleague once told Keith Gregg: "You're a business acceleration specialist. You know how to grow the hell out of things." And it's true. He's taken...

  • Success Characteristics

    Bill Good

    Based on a detailed analysis of the 187 respondents who answered the survey in my June column, I have isolated what I can only call...

  • The Sweet Spot

    Patricia J. Abram

    If you've ever played baseball, tennis or another racquet sport, you've no doubt felt the "sweet spot" -- that part of the bat or racquet...

  • Selective Strength

    Staff Writer

    Some sub-sectors of the energy industry stand out for their growth prospects, analysts say. Ron Barone Shneur Gershuni UBS 212-713-3848, 3974 Ronald.barone@ubs.com Shneur.gershuni@ubs.com Area of Coverage: Coal Outlook: We think the outlook for...

  • Bull and Bear ETFs

    Staff Writer

    Financial advisors often have to field clients' questions on whether it's a bull or bear market and, in either event, whether they should be buying...

  • The ETF Advisors

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    In the last few years, exchange-traded funds have bloomed and flourished as the white-hot darlings of Wall Street. Indeed, trendy ETFs -- much advertised and widely...

  • Innovation Nation

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    America is moving from a "brute force" economy to a "brain force" economy, and financial advisors are at the forefront of the shift. So says...

  • Listening to Two Clients

    Alexei Bayer

    You would think that Delmonico's Steakhouse, a landmark New York establishment around the corner from the New York Stock Exchange, would be a perfect place...

  • Over the Hedge

    Alexei Bayer

    A recent piece in Vanity Fair describes how multimillionaire hedge fund managers have converged in great numbers upon the once-tony suburban community of Greenwich, Conn.,...

  • Payout Gridlock

    David J. Drucker

    It's not a big secret these days, but we'll tell it anyway: The financial services industry loves fee-based business. Or perhaps it's more accurate to say......

  • Measuring Up

    Robert Scott Martin

    Research: Where did the Practice Checkup come from? Anthony: Up until recently, my place in this industry has been about helping advisors build genuine client relationships....

  • The MA Manual

    Mary Scott

    Have you ever wondered what your practice is worth or how you can make it more valuable? How to Value, Buy or Sell a Financial...

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