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D. Bruce Johnston

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Numerous articles have been written lately on the massive rebound of stocks beginning on March 9, 2009.  Most mutual funds have enjoyed a nice performance rebound as well.  If your mutual fund is one of those enjoying this rebound in performance "How do you get "Discovered" in 2010?" For that answer I turned to Dan Sondhelm, SunStar Strategic.  Dan specializes in preparing and getting asset managers in front of the appropriate media outlets to tell their story and go from "undiscovered" to discovery. Dan was quick to point out that most mutual funds with significant assets grew as a result of proactive selling activities - an individual fund is rarely "discovered" on its own. With more than 10,000 funds available to investors and their advisors, competition for share of wallet is fierce with 80-90% of fund flows going to the top 20 firms. Dan's 6 Comprehensive Sugg... (more)

What FINRA Doesn't Want You to Know About Social Media

Topic A at the recent Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Annual Meeting (SIFMA) was what to do about the fastest-growing communications phenomenon since the invention of the Internet: the explosion in social networking. Whenever compliance and communications come together there is sure to be a tussle and this meeting was no different. Chairman and CEO Rick Ketchum cited the current policy as "currently constructed, these sites would not permit you to easily supervise these communications. For that reason, most firms prohibit their employees from using these si... (more)

What FINRA Doesn’t Want You to Know About Social Media

New Media on Ulitzer Topic A at the recent Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Annual Meeting (SIFMA) was what to do about the fastest-growing communications phenomenon since the invention of the Internet: the explosion in social networking. Whenever compliance and communications come together there is sure to be a tussle and this meeting was no different. Chairman and CEO Rick Ketchum cited the current policy as “currently constructed, these sites would not permit you to easily supervise these communications. For that reason, most firms prohibit their employe... (more)

DBJ Associates Reveals the Sixth Trend

According to a summary report by Doug Anderson, SVP, Research & Development, The Nielsen Company, growth will be hard to come by in the coming decade and there are "Five Key Trends Other Than Aging" at work which will make growth extremely difficult.  DBJ Associates provides questions wealth advisors may want to ask of themselves in order to benefit from these trends, along with the answer to: "What'd they miss?" Growth is found in less-developed world. By 2030, world population will have grown by around 20%. Only 3.2% of this growth will come from the more developed world. In th... (more)

SOCIAL MEDIA: Can Financial Advisors and Asset Managers Afford to Miss It?

Much has been discussed in the industry around Financial Advisor’s use of social media. Should they use it? Is it valuable? What are the risks? What are the compliance issues? Can we afford to wait? Similar questions are being asked by the major asset management companies and distributors.  Firms such as Putnam have aggressively moved onto Twitter. TIAA–Cref, Fidelity, Franklin Templeton, American Century, Raymond James, USAA, Russell Investments, Virtus and Pimco are also on Twitter.  Now Northern Trust has entered the arena with Vanguard possibly next. What issues did they str... (more)