Research Magazine-September 2008

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  • Seeing the Boomers' Big Picture

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    The news media often lump baby boomers together when they discuss that age group. That generalization can be incorrect, particularly when it comes to understanding...

  • Raymond James Turns Closed-End Fund into ETF

    Staff Writer

    It's been a rare occurrence, but some closed-end mutual funds are opting to become exchange-traded funds (ETFs). For instance, Claymore Advisors has just announced that...

  • IN BRIEF

    Janet Levaux

    Morgan Stanley Investment Management has introduced the Morgan Stanley Commodities Alpha Fund. The actively managed mutual fund, according to the company, offers high-net-worth investors the...

  • Claymore Launches Maritime-Shipping ETF

    Staff Writer

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

  • Lack of Demand Folds Some ETFs

    Staff Writer

    If location, location, location is the main criteria when it comes to investing in real estate, then timing, timing and timing might be the most...

  • Pimco Moves into ETFs

    Staff Writer

    Pacific Investment Management Co.'s (Pimco) reputation as a shrewd bond fund manager has served the company well. Soon, everyone will learn if that reputation can...

  • HealthShares' Major Surgery

    Staff Writer

    XShares Advisors says the board of directors of its flagship ETF family, HealthShares, has approved a reorganization of 19 HealthShares ETFs, which includes liquidating 15...

  • Janus Boosts Interest in Value Manager

    Janet Levaux

    Janus Capital Group Inc. says it should soon purchase an additional 50 percent interest in U.S. value manager Perkins, Wolf, McDonnell and Company for $90...

  • BGI Launches Theme Funds

    Staff Writer

    One of the developing trends over the past few years has been theme-based investments. The idea is to focus on emerging ideas that may reshape...

  • The Dow Jones: A Truly Unique Barometer

    Staff Writer

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average was first published by Charles Dow in 1896 and followed the Dow Jones Transportation Average. A walk down memory lane reveals...

  • Exploring the Mideast

    Staff Writer

    InvescoPowerShares has introduced a new exchange-traded fund (ETF) that will track frontier markets in the Middle East. The PowerShares MENA Frontier Countries Portfolio (PMNA) will follow...

  • What's in the Stars?

    Staff Writer

    Indexing/Commentary What's in the Stars? The PowerShares Dynamic Large Cap Value Portfolio (PWV) and the Dynamic Mid Cap Growth Portfolio (PWJ) are the first ETFs of their...

  • Gold Loses Its Luster

    Staff Writer

    After breaking the $1,000-an-ounce barrier during the spring, gold's seemingly invincible run has hit a brick wall. The price of this storied yellow metal has...

  • Vanguard Goes Broad

    Staff Writer

    Looking for broad global diversification? Check out the newly launched Vanguard Total World Stock Index ETF (VT). The fund measures the market performance of large- and...

  • Mirror Image

    Staff Writer

    One of the top-notch advisory firms profiled in our annual Winner's Circle cover story manages a tantalizing $700 million in assets under management; another of...

  • Five Questions for the Retirement Advisor

    Ed McCarthy, CFP, RICP

    Robert Graham, RFC, president and CEO, RG Capital, AIG Financial Advisors, Scottsdale, Ariz. 1. What retirement issue has hit you or your clients out of left...

  • What NOT to Do in a Bear Market

    Bill Miller

    As of this writing, the stock market is in turmoil. Major financial institutions are on the brink of collapse, and our country's entire mortgage industry...

  • Focus on ETNs

    Staff Writer

    If you think the menu of exchange-traded funds has gotten big, you should take a gander at exchange-traded notes. The number of notes has jumped...

  • Public Risk: Taxes

    Francois Gadenne

    Discussions of consumer spending tend to focus on post-tax dollars. This can be misleading because taxes are likely to be the bigger and faster growing...

  • The Winner's Circle

    R.J. Shook

    The Winner's Circle has proved its mettle as an enduring institution in the financial industry. A program for ranking the best financial advisors, it is...

  • WOW Service

    Patricia J. Abram

    Financial advisors often assume that their clients will mainly judge them on the criterion of investment performance. But research shows that when affluent clients fire...

  • The Strategist

    Ellen Uzelac

    Talk about retiring today and it's enough to scare some people to death. That's not surprising considering the back story: the disappearing pension, rising health...

  • Fiscally Fit

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    It was the thrill of a lifetime when, crossing the finish line in Frankfurt, Germany, he heard the announcer proclaim: "Larry Palmer, you're an Ironman!" The...

  • The Global Planner

    Marie Swift

    Here's a startling statistic: By the end of this year, the number of non-U.S. CFP certificants will likely surpass the number of U.S. certificants. It's...

  • The Rise of Islamic Finance

    Kenneth Silber

    Islamic finance is a fast-growing sector that seeks to conduct financial practices in accordance with sharia, or Islamic law. It is a field that has...

  • Major Firms Add to International Offerings

    Janet Levaux

    Vanguard has introduced the Vanguard Total World Stock Index Fund, which aims to track the investment performance of the FTSE All-World Index, a benchmark of...

  • Rooting Out Treasures

    Alexei Bayer

    Donald Putnam is a dream lunch guest. He is worldly, affable and articulate, with a fine gift of turning a quick aphorism. --- Who: Donald H. Putnam,...

  • Got Marketing?

    Ellen Uzelac

    When staffers at Quantuvis Consulting answer the telephone, callers are routinely greeted with this cheerful refrain: "How can I make your day great?" Engaging. Pro-active. Supportive. Exactly...

  • Dear Mr. President ...

    Staff Writer

    Dear Mr. President (and Mr./Ms. Investor): You have inherited a mess. This is the subject of a recent monthly investment-outlook newsletter penned by Bill Gross. Gross,...

  • Referrals Happen

    Bill Good

    I run into all kinds of systems that supposedly produce referrals. One chap was paying $750 per month to a coach who was helping him...

  • Experts Debate: Boom or Doom?

    Janet Levaux

    U.S. Global Investors, the San Antonio-based fund shop that boasts a chart-topping performance with its gold/precious-metals fund and its global-resources fund (among others), recently hosted...

  • Good for GM?

    Alexei Bayer

    "What's good for General Motors is good for the country," GM president Charles Erwin Wilson reportedly declared in the Senate in 1953. Historians claim that...

  • The Commodities Blame Game

    Staff Writer

    Who's to blame for soaring commodity prices? Inquiring minds want to know. How do we explain crude's rapid ascent from $50 a barrel at the beginning...

  • A Conversation with Bob Kerzner

    David Macchia

    Bob Kerzner is a passionate advocate for the life insurance industry. Since 2004 he has been the President & CEO of LIMRA International, a world-wide...

  • Biotech/Health Care

    Janet Levaux

    Thanks to new drugs, acquisitions and other factors, biotech and health-care firms alike are forging beneficial growth and development strategies - which is good news...

  • Clearers on the March

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Bear Stearns' sudden collapse last March indeed shook Wall Street and sent shock waves throughout every financial market around the globe. But at least one behind-the-scenes...

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