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INSURANCE BY ANY OTHER NAME

It has become routine with virtually all retail purchases. I recently bought my son a $25 box fan at Target and was asked if I wanted "protection coverage" for it. I gave the clerk a quizzical look and asked, "For a fan?" She shrugged and answered, "we're required to ask for any appliance purchase."

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FORM V. SUBSTANCE

A few years ago a friend suggested I might enjoy meeting the management team of a newly formed investment firm. A specialty insurer decided to expand their service offering to include wealth management. They believed their insurance niche would provide them easy entree' to the professional community they served.

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WARREN BUFFETT'S HEDGE FUND BET COMES HOME TO ROOST

During the mid-2000s I was a partner in a private trust company that was in the midst of reinventing itself. For years the firm had used a regional large cap investment firm to manage client portfolios, but at my urging the firm adopted a markets-based investment approach using DFA funds in 2003. Our clientele and new business focus were mostly inheritors of wealth with portofolios of $5 million or more. This was during the "heydey" of hedge funds, and we encountered many a prospective client that scoffed at the DFA approach, insisting their investment needs required more sophistication, sophistication that only hedge funds provided.

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SHOULD YOU CHANGE FINANCIAL ADVISORS?

The "Groundhog Day" stock market correction has lots of investors casting a wary eye on CNBC wondering if this is the beginning of another major market decline. In just two trading days (FEB 2 & 5) the Dow Jones declined roughly 1500 points or about 8%. While we would urge investors to remain disciplined and not sell in a panic, it may be an appropriate time to reassess the value you receive from your financial advisor.

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