Bernanke says the economy is kind'a recovering. Compare those remarks to the outright bullish statements of Liz Ann Sonders, the chief investment strategist of Charles Schwab & Co who earned a reputation for being Madam Gloom at past Schwab IMPACT conferences.
Schwab’s annual IMPACT conference for its affiliated RIA’s opened yesterday evening in San Diego. The highlight thus far: The discourse between BlackRock Chairman and CEO Larry Fink and PIMCO CEO and co-CIO Mohamad El-Erian.
“Are you going to IMPACT this year?” I heard it over and over again from executives, advisors marketers, recruiters, attorneys, compliance experts, technology people and other reporters for weeks leading up to the event. Schwab IMPACT 2009—this year in San Diego—is not all hype.
When it comes to switching firms, advisors must plan their transition carefully. It requires thoughtful planning, a desire to run and grow your business, and unwavering dedication to do what is right for your clients....More
Research shows that while the average age of financial advisors has gone up, the percentage of advisors that don't have a succession plan in place has gone up as well. Why don't more advisors have a plan, and how can the industry better prepare for the future.
The U.S. corporate high yield market has grown from $250 billion to a $2.4 trillion industry. High yield has proven to be a solid asset class for investors, over time producing comparable returns to the S&P 500 with approximately half the volatility....More
Why do we make decisions that aren’t always in our own best interest? This group of articles from the Investments & Wealth Monitor takes a fascinating look at behavioral finance and behavioral portfolio management....More
With the wind at their backs, sprinters have broken speed records. Similarly, the tailwind of a bull market has boosted the fortunes of equity investors over the past five years. In both cases, the pace cannot be sustained over a long period of time. Look back no further than the past 10 years for confirmation of the market’s lack of endurance....More