July 2006

Seat Belt Or Life Raft?

by Mark Goldberg

Overloaded with information, clients tune out before important points are made.

Advisors In The Spotlight

by Tracey Longo

ICI conference reveals advisors are the top source of investors' fund purchases.

They've Got Your Back

by Raymond Fazzi

To win advisors' business, custodians are offering to take over the back-office grunt work.

Noteworthy Notebook

by Joel P. Bruckenstein

PFP Notebook can be a good planning solution for new and low-volume practices.

Derivative Use In SMA Portfolios

by Sydney LeBlanc

Strategies can be implemented to utilize puts and covered calls.

Overweighting The Underdogs

by Marla Brill

Eaton Vance Tax-Managed Emerging Markets Fund dares to tread where other funds don't.

Tax Law Begets Opportunities

by Eric L. Reiner

Some predict the rules will never take effect if power in Washington changes.

Parents As Bankers

by Robert S. Bridges Jr.

Intrafamily mortgage loans can help the next generation purchase a home.

Credit Score Surprises

by Gail Liberman

More data collected from more sources is used in unexpected ways.

A Full-Fledged Specialty

by Raymond Fazzi

Education planning emerges as a new niche as more clients need help with complex issues

Climbing A Stairway To Heaven


As boomers age and spend their savings, advisors will need to adapt their practices.

How To Hire The Perfect Employee

by David L. Lawrence

Look at why you want to hire someone-and what job they'll do.

Why Aren't There More Women?

by Tracey Longo

NAPFA's new women's roundtable plans to learn why more women aren't choosing the advisory profession.

A Classic Business Sale To Employees

by David J. Drucker

Marvin Burt did what many say can't be done; he sold his advisory firm to his staff.

Options For Generating Income

by Marla Brill

Covered-call funds seek to fill income gap.

Fixed-Income Conundrum

by Milton Ezrati

Real yields on bonds have fallen, and the prospects for capital gains are slim.

The Name Game


Thinking of expanding-or retiring? Taking your name off the shingle may be one step along the way.

The Golden Age of Growth

by A Financial Advisor Special Report

Our inaugural ranking of leading RIA firms.

RIA Firms Ranked By 2005 Asset Growth

by A Financial Advisor Special Report

A Financial Advisor Special Report

Three Ways To Earn Your Clients' Trust

by Bill Bachrach

Convey your competency, ask questions, be truthful.

Unlocking Client Value


Surveys can help you ask for their opinions-and let them know that you're listening.

Accountants As Wealth Managers

by Hannah Shaw Grove & Russ Alan Prince

Although relatively few have made the move, the ones who have are committed and talented.

The Gluck Report


Company fights claim that its major backers improperly seized control of the firm.

Bonus Content - A New Golden Pond

by Bruce W. Fraser

A new generation of baby boomers faces retirement-and new uncertainties.

Advisor Emporium


The Potomac Funds Changes "Direxion" The Potomac Funds, a provider of leveraged index and alternative-class mutual fund products, recently announced a...

Editor's Note


Rarely has the old Chinese curse, may you live in interesting times, been more relevant than it is today...

Frontline News


FPA Members Support Fiduciary Standards The Financial Planning Association (FPA) has brought the...