FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) is a $1 billion company that underwrites, markets, and distributes life insurance of fixed and indexed annuities in the western world. For yesteryear 52 weeks, this life insurance coverage company continues to be trading between $31.45 and $19.51 having a trailing 12 month earnings per share of $3.92 and a trailing […]
On December 31, 1964 the Dow closed at 874.2. Seventeen Years later on December 31, 1981 the Dow closed at 875. Over that time period the GDP of the US grew by 370%, the sales of the Fortune 500 more than sextupled, and the Dow inched up a mere fraction of a point.
How is it possible […]
In Part I, I discussed what an Advisory Council is and why it makes sense for advisors to set one up. In Part II, I shared a few thoughts that you should keep in mind as you establish your council. Today, I’ll describe the logistics of setting up and running the meetings and review topics […]
Twenty-two years ago I had a lunch in San Diego with the President and insurance coordinator of Private Ledger, a small financial planning firm in San Diego. This was before “financial planning” meant anything. I was the new American Skandia National Sales Manager. We had no A.M.Best ratings, nor any ratings from S&P. Fitch […]
LPL Financial’s IPO is the story of the American Retirement Dream Fulfilled. This IPO is not unlike the IPO of Apple or Microsoft for their respective industry. Todd Robinson, Mark Casady, Jim Putnam and countless others followed the desires of the American investing public for independent advice, fee for service, non-proprietary products and superior technology.
Together they have […]
I once moderated sixty (yes, sixty!) focus groups for the United States Postal Service over a 5 week time period. And, with the exception of the one focus group where I had to eject one of the participants for unruly behavior, they were all pretty much the same. I heard the exact same needs, requirements […]
Google Me, The new Twitter and how financial advisors can benefit from Social Networking by Sean Browne
Welcome to my Blog Financial Advisors. I wanted to start with some news on what’s happening in the Social Media World to help keep you up to speed. I have been keeping an eye on three particular new stories lately that may have a big impact on social media that can effectively increase your financial […]
Here’s Part II of what separates the top achievers from the average achievers.
6. They are early risers. By rising 30 minutes earlier each day, you can add two weeks to your year. Imagine what you can do in two extra weeks. You could spend more time with the people who are important to you. You could […]
By late 1974 very little of the stock market was left in the “upper tier” and the vast majority, including a number of perfectly good companies, were in the rubble below. When asked later about this period Warren Buffet replied, “1974 in terms of buying opportunities—that was the best period I have seen.” Market prices […]
“The arithmetic here is deceptively simple. If a company’s earnings will increase 15% this year, and if the P-E ratio remains unchanged, then presto! The “investment” shows a 15 percent performance, plus the small dividend. If the P-E ratio advances—as it did for Avon in almost every year–the performance becomes that much better. These results […]