February 2007

Planners In The Church Of The Holy CFP?

by Richard B. Wagner

In making planning a profession, are planners emulating the right professionals?

Triple Threat


Iris Mack Dayoub is an advisor, a triathlete–and a grandmother.

Easy-To-Use Retirement Software

by Joel Bruckenstein

Although they have hitches, these packages are surprisingly good for basic planning.

Firm Offers Reps Their Own Hedge Funds

by Thomas M. Kostigen

First Allied program raises questions about risk, conflicts.

Staying In Front

by Marla Brill

Manager Jim Margard thinks small-company stock will outperform this year–barely.

Variable Annuities Get Sales Boost

by Tracey Longo

Investors are looking for guaranteed retirement income, which has helped fuel sales.

Listening To Our Youth

by David J. Drucker

Ken Buzek listened to his son, Kevin, and his practice is much better for it.

The Retirement Dilemma

by David J. Drucker

Will your aging client base kill your business?

Engineering Profit

by Raymond Fazzi

An 87-year-old wealth manager started as an inventor, then managed investments.

Going Their Own Way

by Marla Brill

Fund managers with broad investment latitude chart their course.

Dancing The Contango

by Matt Hougan

The commodities market has investors singing the blues, but a new note leads some to follow the beat of a different drummer.

Surprisingly Few Surprises

by Raymond Fazzi

Value funds, international equities and REITs remained strong last year.

Location, Location, Location


With REITs hotter than ever, advisors are looking overseas for newer, riper real estate securities.

Establishing Trust In Financial Planning

by Roy Dilberto

For starters, let‚s keep the ethics in the CFP ethics code.

Raising The Bar

by Raymond Fazzi

More schools offer degree programs in financial planning while academic standards for CFP licensees rise.

Four Horsemen Who Missed Their Appointment

by Rebecca Pomering

Things were pretty good for the profession in 2006, but will advisors be hearing the hoofbeats soon?

Resolutions For 2007

by Mary Rowland

How will you make your practice the best it can be?

The Personal Touch

by David Lawrence

How much can you de-personalize your office before it is no longer efficient?

Software To Manage Your Time Better

by Andrew Gluck

Spy on yourself with this innovative new program.

Advisor Emporium


Commonwealth Releases New Programs Commonwealth Financial Network has extended its fee-based program, Preferred Portfolio Services (PPS), by offering new portfolio management and retirement...

Frontline News


Schwab Offering Loans To RIAs Going Independent With its client assets topping the $500 billion mark in 2006, Schwab Institutional has decided to open...