Articles written by Guest Columnist Rob Isbitts


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Why RIA clients still see alternatives as a 'mishmash' and 17 other cheat-sheet items for advisors in 2017

Rob Isbitts's well-researched quick takes that'll educate an RIA in 10 minutes on items from margin debt and corporate earnings to house-flipping

January 30, 2017 — 6:05 PM UTC

Chasing bad performance: Why investors can't get enough of those increasingly lame hedge funds

Most assets are institutional but there's a trillion dollars of baby boomer assets ripe for the plucking by RIAs who can generate returns sans the highway robbery fees

April 28, 2015 — 7:46 PM UTC

How the alternative investments category got bastardized and why that's a shame

A decade on, the investment industry is fast destroying a promising asset class

January 27, 2015 — 6:19 PM UTC

Top 10 alternatives to alternative investments for RIAs: 2013 edition

Our alts maven gives his thumbs-up and thumbs-down on products and strategies and offers ways to cultivate a taste for off-the-menu offerings in clients

July 15, 2013 — 4:15 PM UTC

5 entrenched ruts in which advisors are idling -- and how to shift gears to peel out of them

If you're trying to be an asset-gathering ninja and an investment management guru simultaneously, meet Jack

March 26, 2013 — 3:12 AM UTC

The 5 biggest errors of intellectual omission by RIAs -- in fact, most advisors

There's a staleness of practice thinking behind a box-checking facade that is none too impressive itself

February 7, 2013 — 5:09 AM UTC

13 for 2013: A baker’s dozen of issues you and your clients should really be focusing on this year

Trendmeister Isbitts canvasses burning topics ranging from gold to the bond bubble to the rise of the Millennials, explains why the 'plastics'-like word of the year is 'dividends' and boldly revisits his predictions for 2012

January 14, 2013 — 4:49 AM UTC

Fiscal Cliff vs. Jimmy Cliff: How the leap may look more like Y2K or the Mayan calendar

We are sitting in sitting in limbo with many rivers to cross but harder they come (up), the harder they may not yet fall

December 26, 2012 — 3:40 PM UTC

8 nuggets of angst mined from RIAs at Schwab IMPACT

Safe zones of consensus thinking inhabit almost no area of advisor life

December 4, 2012 — 5:08 PM UTC

Fiscal Cliff is ready for his close-up -- whether we are or not

The end is nigh! Or not. Either way, here's how to prepare your clients to traverse that uncharted country beyond Jan. 1

November 12, 2012 — 7:17 AM UTC

5 ways for incumbent advisors to get -- and keep -- their clients' vote of confidence

Obama and Romney are asking for four years to deliver results -- ask your clients for three

October 22, 2012 — 2:59 AM UTC

5 counterintuitive reasons why the investment vehicle of the the decade is ... stocks

These days there are more varieties and combinations of investments than selections on a Starbucks menu -- but that's not necessarily a good thing

August 2, 2012 — 4:14 AM UTC

The 4 biggest investment performance myths -- and how they can torpedo advisor-client trust

How to sidestep Wall Street mythology and give clients a clarified perspective on the ups and downs of their investments

July 2, 2012 — 4:24 PM UTC

What does Tom Coughlin bring to a Super Bowl that Bill Belichick does not?

He brings a military precision and you're late if you're not five minutes early to a meeting

February 3, 2012 — 6:00 AM UTC

12 for 2012: A dozen issues you and your clients should really be focusing on this year

A veteran investment strategist sifts through mountains of information overload to find the way forward -- and takes stock of his 2011 prognostications

January 25, 2012 — 4:14 AM UTC