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Keeping pace with change

July 22, 2012

At a time when the financial advice industry is being challenged by economic head winds and dramatic, if not seismic, shifts in investor attitudes and behaviors, so too is the business of putting out a weekly newspaper. And just as financial...

A changing of the guard at InvestmentNews

July 8, 2012

When I became editor of InvestmentNews nine years ago, we had seven reporters and a handful of editors who produced a weekly print newspaper. Today, our team of 30-plus reporters, editors, researchers and digital staff members work to generate...

Those are expensive pennies from heaven

June 17, 2012

Remember that penny someone once gave you for your thoughts? These days it is worth 2.4 cents — the cost to the government of manufacturing that coin. So if someone offers you their 2 cents, they are really giving you 4.8 cents' worth of advice....

No one expected the info inquisition

June 10, 2012

No financial adviser wants to meet with a client and discover that the client knows something he or she doesn't. So to stay on top of things, financial advisory professionals feel compelled to seek out information constantly in order to stay...

Once again: Don't kill the messenger

May 20, 2012

In the fast-changing and complex financial advice business, developments of particular interest and importance to financial advisers can reflect negatively on some of the people, firms or products involved. Our job at InvestmentNews is to report...

When the tax man cometh for our troops

April 29, 2012

In addition to worrying about terrorists and buried bombs, it turns out that about 60,000 active-duty troops and reservists have another fear-inducing group gunning for them: the Internal Revenue Service. A recent story about how members of...

Medical bills can tarnish credit reports

April 22, 2012

As the editor of InvestmentNews, I receive a great many interesting e-mails from readers each week. One in particular, however, from a financial adviser whom I'll call Kate, attracted my attention. Kate urged me to write a column about the benefits...

Mom's adviser actually listened to her

April 8, 2012

My parents were married for 56 years, so when my dad passed away in 2006, it was no surprise that my mom suddenly found herself lost and alone. Being widowed is surely one of life's most traumatic events, as I know from personal ex-perience...

Honoring advisers who invest in others

April 1, 2012

For the sixth consecutive year, InvestmentNews has the privilege of partnering with the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation to help judge and support the Community Leadership Awards. The CLAs were created to recognize financial advisers from...

Advice about college planning

March 25, 2012

About eight months ago, a recently divorced friend called me in a panic. John and his ex-wife, Mary, as I'll call them for the sake of privacy, were sorting out their financial affairs and realized that there was little money available to pay...

It's bonus madness at MF Global

March 18, 2012

According to a plan being hatched by the overseers of the bankrupt MF Global Holdings Ltd., three of its highest-ranking executives would receive big bonuses to help with the process of winding down the firm. When I first heard of this proposal,...

It's bonus madness at MF Global

March 16, 2012

According to a plan being hatched by the overseers of the bankrupt MF Global Holdings Ltd., three of its highest-ranking executives would receive big bonuses to help with the process of winding down the firm. When I first heard of this proposal,...

Educating college students about debt

March 4, 2012

College students are drowning in credit card debt. Study after study confirms the dismal state of undergraduates' financial affairs, yet students continue to spend, remaining in denial or in a weird state of suspended reality about their precarious...

Americans need a dose of self-discipline

February 19, 2012

There is a lot of blame to go around in the nation's housing and mortgage mess. Banks, which lent irresponsibly and then packaged the mortgages of subpar borrowers into a swamp of dubious “asset-backed” securities, are clearly at fault....

Note to advisers: Embrace social media

February 12, 2012

Advisers need to get with the program and embrace social media. That was the message delivered by a savvy panel about the new tools at the recent TD Ameritrade conference in Orlando, Fla. Panelist Cathy Curtis, a financial adviser who owns Curtis...

InvestmentNews continues to evolve

January 22, 2012

Albert Einstein, who was a pretty smart guy, said: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” To that point, InvestmentNews continually seeks input from readers to find better...

Resolutions from the corner office

December 18, 2011

While planning my own New Year's resolutions, I wondered what those at the top of the financial services industry are thinking. I checked on a few and would like to share their thoughts. “As a father of six children, ages 5 to 18, I'm always...

What worries advisers as we enter 2012

November 25, 2011

With forecasters projecting slower U.S. economic growth and higher unemployment next year, not to mention a very wobbly world economy, I decided to check in with some financial advisers. I wanted to find out what concerns them, as well as what's...

Three cheers for two brave judges

November 6, 2011

Richard J. Holwell and Jed Rakoff, U.S. District Court judges for the Southern District of New York, deserve our praise. In their courts, each recently delivered clear messages that corporate wrongdoing won't be tolerated and that the consequences...

Great pay for terrible performance

October 16, 2011

Corporate America, which continues to reward failure among its chief executives, needs a serious kick in the pants. The fundamentally misguided belief that a golden parachute is the only way to get rid of a poorly performing chief executive...

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