Q3 2013 Rankings

Advisor Perspectives, a leading publisher serving financial advisors and the financial advisory community, has announced its Venerated Voices awards for articles published in Q3 2013. Rankings were issued in three categories: The Top 25 Venerated Voices by Firm, The Top 25 Venerated Voices by Author and The Top 10 Venerated Voices by Commentary.

Leading the Top 25 Venerated Voices by Firm category was Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo (GMO), located in Boston, Massachusetts, followed by the well-known Hussman Funds led by Dr. John Hussman. In third place was New York City’s Tocqueville Asset Management.

Among individual commentators, the most-widely read in were James Montier and Ben Inker, both with GMO, in first and second place, respectively. Third place went to William Gross of PIMCO.

The most-widely read commentary of Q3 2013 was What's Happening to Bonds and Why? by Mohamed El-Erian of PIMCO, published September 13. In it, he discussed bond performance inflexion points over time triggered by policy, the economy and asset preferences.

In second was Gary Halbert’s The Big Secret Mutual Fund Companies Are Hiding published on August 21. Halbert discussed so-called secrets that fund companies try to keep from you, including investment drawdowns.

Published on July 22, The Purgatory of Low Returns, by James Montier of GMO was in third place. He discussed the change from the availability of cheap assets in the past to almost none today, while higher risk opportunities abound.

Advisor Perspectives’ website currently attracts over 175,000 unique visitors per month, virtually all of them financial advisors serving high- and ultra-high net worth individuals. The company publishes economic and market commentaries that were submitted by fund companies, advisors and independent research firms. In Q3 2013, over 700 such commentaries were published and made available through a daily newsletter, Research Perspectives, which the company emails to its subscribers.

Venerated Voices™ rankings were determined based on the number of unique readers of each commentary, using data provided electronically by the third-party web analytics service WebTrends. The data were normalized to reflect the fact that usage of Advisor Perspectives’ website grew steadily over the course of the quarter. While for the annual awards for the firm and author, a minimum of three commentaries must have been submitted during the year, any participant is eligible to receive a quarterly award. Each firm and author was assigned a relative score, with a score of 100 equal to average readership.

Advisor Perspectives was founded in 2007 and is based in Lexington, Mass. In addition to Research Perspectives, it publishes a widely read weekly newsletter, Advisor Perspectives, which contains original articles on the markets, the economy and practice management.

Advisor Perspectives will continue to provide quarterly updates to its rankings, as well as issuing annual Venerated Voices™ awards.