What is the difference between an advisor and a broker?

Posted by Mark Pettinga

Under the radar of investors brews a battle between independent, fee-only registered investment advisors (like Pettinga Financial) versus commissioned brokerage houses like Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley\Smith Barney, and Hilliard Lyons.  The battle is whether all providers of investment advice should be held to a fiduciary … Read More »


2012 Is Off To A Great Start, But Where Do We Go From Here?

Posted by Mark Pettinga

FOR THE STOCK MARKET, 2012 CERTAINLY HAS COME IN LIKE A LAMB. The major benchmarks haven’t traded in the red from the moment the ball dropped in Times Square, the market is 20% higher than its early October low, this month’s gentle 4.6% return to date … Read More »