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Can Socially Responsible Investing Succeed in Advisory Solutions?

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Conference Summaries

This post is a summary of a session from the MMI’s 2011 Annual Convention. The moderator was Thomas Kostigen, Editorial Contributor, Dow Jones Market Watch and the panelists were Stuart J. Boesky, CEO, The Pembrook Group, John M. Buley, Jr., Managing Director, J.P. Morgan and Sean Greene, Associate Administrator for Investment, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). […]

Delivering Advice in Unpredictable Markets

Posted by on Jul 7, 2011 in Conference Summaries

This post is a summary of a session from the MMI’s 2011 Annual Convention. The moderator for this session was Anthony Rochte, Senior Managing Director, Head of North American Intermediary Business Group, State Street Global Advisors. The panelists were Hans Asoera, Principal, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones, Stephen J. Cucchiaro, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Windhaven Investment […]

LPL Strives to Improve RIA Practice Efficiency

Posted by on Jun 23, 2011 in Conference Summaries

This post is a summary of a session from the MMI’s 2011 Annual Convention: In 2010, LPL Financial grew the AUM on its hybrid RIA platform from $7.3 billion to $13.5 billion, an 85% jump. One of the main drivers that is attracting independent brokers is LPL’s ability to improve practice efficiency. This point was […]

JPMorgan Doubles Model SMA, UMA Business in 2010

Posted by on Mar 8, 2011 in Industry Analysis

FundFire has an interesting article about the tremendous growth of JP Morgan’s managed account programs last year.  The article, written by Tom Stabile, describes some of the key features that made JPM’s programs so successful.  It also points out some new trends that are appearing in the industry. Open Architecture Is their UMA open architecture or […]

Why Bond Portfolios are a Flawed Retirement Strategy

Posted by on Feb 7, 2011 in Conference Summaries

This post is a summary of a session from the FRA’s 8th Annual Managed Accounts Summit. There are three phases of life and three phases of investing based on a client’s income needs: Growth Only, Growth and Income and Income Only, according to Michael Jones, Founding Partner, Riverfront Investment Group. For retirees in the Income Only […]

Why Bother Using an SMA Outsourcer?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011 in Conference Summaries

This post is a summary of a session from the FRA’s 8th Annual Managed Accounts Summit. According to a recent report by the Tower Group, the use of “cloud services” will become mainstream by 2015, stated Seth Johnson, CEO & Co-Founder, Redi2 Technologies. They will slowly evolve into public utilities that integrate traditional licensed software, augmented […]

SMAs That Act Like Alternatives

Posted by on Jan 21, 2011 in Conference Summaries

This post is a summary of a session from the FRA’s 8th Annual Managed Accounts Summit. While many money managers have been switching client assets into alternatives in their search for better returns, David M. Spungen, Chief Executive Officer of Hillview Capital Advisors, LLC, believes this is a bad idea. For a taxable individual, alternative investments, particularly […]

3 Ways to Deliver Tax Efficient Investment Solutions

Posted by on Jan 18, 2011 in Conference Summaries

This post is a summary of a session from the FRA’s 8th Annual Managed Accounts Summit. The speaker for this session was Randy Bullard, Executive VP, Institutional Business Development, Placemark Investments. Randy began by listing the three main areas where tax efficiency can be achieved: Asset Placement – trust & estate planning, asset allocation and […]

How Break-Away Brokers are Changing the SMA Playing Field

Posted by on Jan 6, 2011 in Conference Summaries

This post is a summary of a session from the FRA’s 8th Annual Managed Accounts Summit.The moderator for this session was Kathleen Shkuda, President, Zigzag Consulting. The panelists were Eric M. Sutherland, Managing Director, Allianz Global Investors and Heather Gardner, Principal, CIMA, National Accounts Director, William Blair & Company. According to Cerulli, separate account consulting […]

Retail Investing: Finding True Alpha

Posted by on Dec 18, 2010 in Conference Summaries

In his presentation at the FRA’s 8th Annual Managed Accounts Summit, Jack Sharry began with a quick review of changes in investor sentiments over the past thirty years. We’re at a point now where the baby boomers are looking towards an uncertain retirement, he stated.  After the market upheavals of the past few years, the […]