Evan Simonoff is editor-in-chief and editorial director of Financial Advisor magazine, as well as editorial director of Private Wealth magazine. He has spent more than 15 years as an editor and reporter covering the financial services industry. Evan is a widely recognized expert on personal finance and investments. 

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Pity The Poor Banks


Now the regulators fine them! I never thought I'd write a piece criticizing regulators for belatedly piling on the big banks and fining them half a decade after the financial crisis in which...

Black Swans: A 28% Chance Of Speaker Pelosi?


Intrade makes the odds of a President Romney 26 percent, almost the same as the odds for a Speaker Pelosi, 28 percent. Yikes!

Ben Stein, Ray Lucia And The Annuities Gang

by Evan Simonoff

It's hard to believe that California advisor Ray Lucia -- now facing SEC charges related to his "Buckets of Money" investment strategy -- really saved Ben Stein from suicide "many a night," as...

When A CFP Licensee Files For Bankruptcy


The hard line the CFP Board is adopting with bankrupt CFP licensees is a sign of the profession's increasing maturity.

It's Not Just Facebook: Is Social Media Finance Toast?


It's not just that another 1.44 billion shares of Facebook will become available for sale between now and November...

George Will On Entitlement Crisis, Welfare State Death Spiral


The United States is replicating the mistakes of the 1930s' New Deal and causing "the death spiral of the welfare state," where taxes must go up to pay ever-increasing entitlement costs, George Will...

Sanford Weill Calls For Bank Breakup, Glass-Steagall Renewal

I nearly spat up a few bits of Cheerios at the boob tube in disbelief this morning when I heard former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill call for breaking up the nation's biggest banks and essentially...

Investing At Commodities Brokerages Is Nuts


The stunning disappearance of client funds at three commodities brokerages-Refco, MF Global and now Peregrine-over the last seven years has to be prompting many advisors to ask why a client...

Possible Solutions To Geezer Advisors Ruining The Business For Young

He may only have been making his point with hyperbole, but when Mark Tibergien told attendees at Pershing's annual Insite conference that older advisors were not only burning out younger...

This Business Remains Deeply Divided


Despite the FPA's best efforts to give the advisory profession one voice, the organization's RIA and brokerage contingents continue to drift further and further apart.

Private Equity Firms Swarm RIA Space For Acquisitions


Several sources said that Summit Partners had retained Goldman Sachs to explore the sale of Focus Financial Partners...

Jeb Bush: Prepare For Taxmageddon; What Elizabeth Warren Doesn't Get


Whether President Obama wins or loses, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush notes that there is "ample evidence" our current president is "no Bill Clinton."

Do We Need Finra As An SRO For RIAs?


New legislation to anoint a self-regulatory organization for RIAs has sparked the predictable firestorm...

Fuss Joins Bond Gurus Fink, Gross Favoring Equities


Is there a new Nifty Fifty looming on the equity market's horizon? Loomis Sayles vice chairman Dan Fuss hinted that there might be some variant of that phenomenon from the late 1960s and early...

Beyond The 1% Noise


Occupy Wall Street came and went, but two recent books shed far more light than the protesters on the twin topics of increasing income inequality and middle-class downward mobility that have...

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