February 2013

Flight Of The Phoenix

by Eric Rasmussen

AIG’s aggressive Advisor Group subsidiary, with a new firm and reps in tow, still hopes to build a national presence—but not a national brand.

Avoiding The Next Train Wreck

by Scott A. MacKillop

Do the systems that some managers used to avoid the 2008 market collapse make sense now?

Leveling The Playing Field

by Mary Rowland

One firm is trying to help students get into college by helping them navigate the admissions process.

The Business Of Life

by Roy Diliberto

If you are serious about helping your clients enjoy life, your first step is to do it yourself.

Ready To Save?

by David Lawrence

Going paperless saves money and time. Here’s how.

The Wages Of Fear

by Donald B. Trone

Fear, uncertainty and doubt should not be the focus of your fiduciary message.

Playing Catch-Up

by Kate Stalter

What do you do when even high earners come up short with retirement assets?

Big Aspirations

by Karen DeMasters

TCI has launched a program to reach out to the young before they get rich.

28 Times A Year

by Joel P. Bruckenstein

That’s how often elite advisors contact their clients, and Zywave says it can help you do that, too.

Evolution Or Exaggeration?

by Donald Jay Korn

A plunge in the number of publicly traded companies has many people wondering why.

Getting A Fix On Fixed Income

by Ben Mattlin

Which areas look most promising? And where are the risks?

Lean And Mean

by Marla Brill

Schwab’s limited ETF menu keeps expenses at rock-bottom levels.

Keeping Local Flavor

by Marla Brill

Thornburg’s Lewis Kaufman focuses on emerging-market companies with strong domestic demand.

Attack Of The Zombie Tax Strategies

by Eric Reiner

Suddenly revived rules will haunt 2012 tax returns.

Shore, Leave

by Gail Liberman

Are affluent clients abandoning coastal properties after a spate of hurricanes?

To Everything There Is A Season

by Nick Murray

Are our clients investing for the last 13 years, or for the next 13?

Advisor Emporium

TD Ameritrade’s Veo Integrated With 7 CRM Technologies

TD Ameritrade’s account management and trading platform, Veo, is now integrated with seven customer-relationship management systems.

Editor's Note

When The U.S. Becomes Florida

by Evan Simonoff

In only seven years, all of America will look exactly like Florida does today, at least on the age spectrum.

Frontline News

NestWise Focuses On Middle Class

by Jeff Schlegel

The “middle class” is a somewhat nebulous concept both socially and financially.

Permanent Goodies From The Fiscal Cliff Law

by Eric L. Reiner

Higher taxes for upper-income clients were certainly part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, enacted on January 2 to stave off Washington’s trip off the fiscal cliff.

Why 529 Plans Underwhelm Investors

by Jim McConville

With college tuition costs still shooting into the stratosphere, why are so few American families taking advantage of college savings plans?

Social Animals

Three-quarters of affluent U.S. investors regularly use some form of social media, whereas only 52% did in in 2008, according to a recent study by Cogent Research.

ZAG Time For Advisors

The Zero Alpha Group, a network of seven financial advisory firms, has formed the ZAG Leadership Institute to give the next generation of financial advisors at the group the skills they need to...

Financial Advisors Involved In 401(k) Planning Can Get New Credential

UCLA and The Retirement Advisor University have developed a CE designation for financial advisors specializing in defined contribution retirement plans.

Letters to the Editor

The Bogle Fallacy

The November 2012 issue of FA included an article by John Bogle: “The New Pension Plan.”