November 2012

Getting The Word Out

by Ben Mattlin

Financial advisory firms are looking at innovative ways to market themselves.

The New Pension Plan

by John C. Bogle

John C. Bogle offers five recommendations for improving our badly flawed retirement savings system.

From Solo To Silo, From Ensemble To Enterprise

by Joni Youngwirth

Firms evolve for many reasons. What kind of firm is yours?

No More Secrets

by Jerilyn Klein Bier

New 401(k) fee disclosure rules could generate big opportunities for advisors.

It's Not Too Late For REIT ETFs

by Tom Lydon

The sector should continue to show strength, as long as job growth supports higher rents and tenant demand.

Tough Test

by Mary Rowland

An entrepreneur evaluates advisors for the wealthy.

Merchants Of Wisdom

by Mitch Anthony

Position yourself as a coach, a guide, an interpreter and an advocate.

Finding Your Niche

by David Lawrence

A value innovation approach can also help attract new clients.

The Point Of Inspiration

by Donald B. Trone

Financial advisors should take leadership roles in the lives of their clients.

The Generation (And Other) Gaps

by Kate Stalter

Financial advisors must keep many demographic trends in mind to stay ahead.

Unforeseen Entanglements


Couples who live together but aren't married face their own planning hurdles.

Rebooting Advent

by Joel P. Bruckenstein

The technology company is re-establishing its reputation as an innovator and improving its image with RIAs.

Rethinking The Advisor Desktop

by Andrew Gluck

An onslaught of new apps comes at a poignant moment for financial advisors-when their business model is in deep trouble.

Shiny Investments


Precious metals have had a nice run, but can they still retain their luster?

Chemical Solutions

by Jerilyn Klein Bier

Safer chemical management strategies can help prevent toxic financial fallout.

Beyond Bonds

by Marla Brill

Mark Freeman has produced an attractive total return with low volatility.

The 4% Solution

by Ben Mattlin

Is it still a feasible retirement withdrawal strategy?

The Economics Of Fear

by Somnath Basu

If most investors understood the implications of loss in any investment decision, the markets would be safer.

Advisor Emporium

Advisor Emporium

LPL Financial Expands Model Wealth Portfolios Platform LPL Financial has expanded its Model Wealth Portfolios (MWP) platform with two new offerings from LPL Financial...

Editor's Note

Looking For Sun


I asked my 88-year-old father recently how he thought the mood in the United States compared to what it seemed in other decades he remembered...

Frontline News

Advisor Matchmaker

by Jeff Schlegel

Borrowing a page from and other online dating services, InvestorClarity...

FPA Membership Slide Stabilizes


A free fall in the Financial Planning Association's membership over the last few years has stabilized, and the organization's new leaders say they're hopeful a turnaround is in the offing...

CFP Board May Increase CE Requirements


CFP licensees would have to obtain 10 additional hours of continuing education every two years, according to proposals being considered by the CFP Board of Standards...

Inquiring Clients Want To Know About Annuities

Annuities are the most unsolicited products requested by clients, according to Cerulli Associates...

Majority Of Gens X And Y Expect To Retire Before 65

Put it down to confidence or misplaced optimism, but among people more than 10 years away from retirement a majority of both Gen Xers and Gen Yers expect to retire before age 65, while only a...


It's Not Too Late For REIT ETFs

by Tom Lydon

The sector should continue to show strength, as long as job growth supports higher rents and tenant demand.