February 2014

The Rocket Science Of The Global Economy

by Michelle Knight

All signs are that the fitful recovery of the last five years will continue.

High-Touch Care

by Mary Rowland

Concierge medical services are not just for the rich.

Data Gathering Vs. Discovery

by Roy Diliberto

One is learning what your clients have; the other is learning who they are.

Efficiency Quest

by David Lawrence

Advisors who want to improve operations should consider these four new options.

What Centers Of Influence Want

by Russ Alan Prince & Brett Van Bortel

Most advisors don’t have an effective approach to building these partnerships.

Don’t Be A Crash Test Dummy

by Joel Bruckenstein

RiXtrema is the latest software provider to help advisors analyze the effect of potential macroeconomic events on client portfolios.

How Risky Is DoubleLine?

by Evan Simonoff and Gregory Bresiger

Morningstar is at odds with other observers about the fast-growing fixed-income shop.

Healthy Investment

by Jeff Schlegel

Iroquois Valley Farms offers a private-equity investment opportunity in organic farmland.

To The Innovators Go The Spoils

by David Sterman

A strong reception for some of the industry’s newest ETF funds signals a clear shift for the year ahead.

Playing Defense On Fixed Income

by Jerilyn Klein Bier

Asset managers are using various strategies to protect against anticipated fixed-income risks.

Loving The Unloved

by Marla Brill

For the most part, manager Tom Bastian’s strategy has paid off for investors in the Invesco Equity and Income Fund.

Show Time

by Eric L. Reiner

2013 tax returns are shining the spotlight on clients’ portfolios.

Roots And Fruits

by Richard B. Wagner

Americans today need advisors to help them save more, spend less and avoid stupid mistakes.

Advisor Emporium

New Trust Based On Bob Doll’s 2014 Predictions

by FA Staff

Incapital and Nuveen Asset Management have developed an equity trust based on 10 market predictions for 2014 by Bob Doll, Nuveen’s chief equity strategist and senior portfolio manager.

Editor's Note

Amazing Growth

by Evan Simonoff

Many advisors evaluate themselves and their firms in terms of how their clients are doing, not by their business’s top and bottom lines.

Frontline News

Bankruptcy Blues

by Jeff Schlegel

The biggest cause of personal bankruptcy filings isn’t debt levels per se, but aggressive debt collection litigation of old charged-off credit card accounts.

B-D Of The Future

by FA Staff

A Pershing study examines six key transformations that will guide the broker-dealer of the future.

Who’s Your Ideal Client?

by FA Staff

Only one-quarter of advisors say they have a formal definition of what their ideal client is.

The Scoop On Skype

by Ted Knutson

Practice and preparation are key for advisors to successfully use Skype with their clients.

The Case For Bonds

by FA Staff

A recent UBS report says investors shouldn’t bail on bonds just because interest rates are likely to rise.

Stock Losses Spur More Hospital Visits

by Bloomberg News

Declining stocks worry people sick, if hospital records are any guide.

Hedge Funds Trail Stocks In ’13 … Again

by Bloomberg News

Hedge funds trailed the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index for the fifth straight year as U.S. markets rallied to record levels.

FAs Neglect Client Retirement Housing Needs

by FA Staff

A Legg Mason study found just 14% of financial advisors said they’ve helped their clients develop specific plans to address their future long-term housing needs.

More Minority Advisors Needed, Survey Says

by FA Staff

Having more minority financial advisors would benefit both the financial services firms and the clients, says an Edward Jones survey.