December 2001

Her Most Challenging Year


The resiliency of Laura Tarbox is helping her firm persevere and win clients in tough times.

Passing The Torch

by Raymond Fazzi

Steve Kanaly is following in the footsteps of his father, E. Deane Kanaly, an early proponent of fee-only financial planning.

Create A Plan, Not A Product

by Hannah Shaw Grove and Russ Alan Prince

Clients want advisors to help them develop a strategy for charitable giving.

How And Why To Think About Bonds

by J. Michael Martin

A serious diversification tool earns more than respect.

The Next Energy Crisis


Famed oil analyst gives fascinating–but unsettling–views to symposium crowd.

Check AMT Exposure Of Municipal Bonds

by Josh Gonze

Clients hit with AMT shouldn‚t own certain municipal bonds that compound the problem.

Advisors Question Accuracy Of Risk-Tolerance Tests

by Raymond Fazzi

Most clients don‚t know their tolerance for pain until it happens.

Act-Of-War Exclusions Roil Insurance Market

by Gail Liberman

When clients renew policies, advisors should scrutinize the fine print.

Investing In Humbled Growth Companies

by Marla Brill

Bill Nygren‚s Oakmark Fund is loading up on growth stocks that have gone south.

Managing Portfolios In A 5% World

by Olivia Barbee

PIMCO‚s Bill Gross isn‚t ready yet to predict a recovery.

Big Guns Courting Advisors

by Tracey Longo

A host of firms wants your custodial business.

A Jungle Of Oversight

by Tracey Longo

The FPA prepares a major white paper on advisor regulation.

The Power Of Integral Finance

by Richard B. Wagner

The concept equally embraces money‚s technical–and personal–aspects.

Advisor Emporium


TD Waterhouse Offers New Services For Advisors TD Waterhouse Institutional Services is offering new services for the 2,600 fee-based independent financial advisor clients in its...

Editor's Note


For Better And Poorer Two months ago in this space, I remarked that America always responds best when it is challenged the most...

Frontline News


Schwab's Private-Client Pilot Program Growing Quickly Schwab's six private-client offices are fully staffed and "doing very well," but the giant brokerage has not...

Letters to the Editor


Bigger Isn‚t Always Better I enjoyed reading your "Parting Shot" column in October‚s issue that challenged the notion that independent shops would have to merge to...