David Armstrong

David
Armstrong
Managing Editor,
Penton Media
Articles
Editor's Letter: September 2014
What is behind the consolidation of the IBDs? Is it to provide synergy and consolidation of back-office functions or are there investment opportunities and ramifications?
Ten to Watch: Justin Wisz
Marketing is one activity advisors fret about but few do well, if at all. The same goes for social media. Vestorly, a New York City-based startup co-founded by Justin Wisz, may finally help them put some teeth into their efforts.
Ten to Watch 2014—Where Are They Now?
As with any Ten to Watch list, last year’s list was ripe with successes and failures. Here’s an update on where these individuals (and their organizations) are now.
Ten to Watch: David Benskin
Account aggregation tools are plentiful for both individuals and advisors—think Mint.com or Personal Capital. So why does David Benskin think Wealth Access can stand out from the pack?
Editor's Letter: August 2014
In this issue we highlight ten individuals we think bear watching over the next year, both because of the specific things they are doing, but more broadly because of the changes taking place in the industry that they represent.
Editor's Letter: July 2014
Are there too many mutual funds out there? Or not enough?
Bond Managers Who Can Go Anywhere Have Nowhere to Go
There is little to like in the current debt markets, say managers of unconstrained bond funds.
Market Takeaways from Morningstar Investment Gurus
Morningstar investment analysts spoke about the current state of the market and their investment recommendations Wednesday at the Morningstar Investment Conference.
Hasenstab’s Case For Emerging Markets
Why the manager of the $72 billion Templeton Global Bond Fund thinks emerging market debt will hold up better than expected in the wake of U.S. tapering.
Editor's Letter: June 2014 
Financial advisor compensation continues to go up and up and up. WealthManagement.com Editor-in-Chief David Armstrong says to expect that to continue reflects blind faith and a denial of reality.
Worst Abuses of High Frequency Traders a Thing of The Past, Says Whistleblower
The portfolio manager who first brought public attention to the abuses of high-frequency traders—and appears as a minor character in Michael Lewis’ book Flash Boys—says the worst practices aren’t happening any more. “The markets are stronger than ever.”
Editor's Letter: May 2014
Recently, REP.s’ online domain Wealthmanagement.com surveyed over 300 Certified Financial Planners to ask their opinion on the value of the CFP designation in the wake of recent fee-disclosure controversies as well as a $40 million “awareness” campaign. Soon after appearing online, the Board asked for room to print a response. Given our role to facilitate conversation among industry stakeholders, we agreed.
Editor's Letter: April 2014
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority should be used to criticism by now, both from those who think the industry’s self-regulatory organization doesn’t go far enough in keeping bad brokers and Wall Street firms in check, to those who complain the authority wields an unholy power of destruction by over-burdening innocent and hardworking reps with cumbersome regulations and arbitrary enforcement.
Making the Grade
This is the fourth year the staff of REP. magazine has put together the Independent Broker/Dealer Report Card. We surveyed a total of 2,649 advisors across 22 brokerages to get their views on the industry and what they think about the firms they work with.
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