Handpicked: Separately Managed Accounts Can Offer Advantages Over Mutual Funds, but Watch Those Fees

As the popularity of mutual funds waned in response to a variety of factors, most notably perhaps the end of a product life cycle, Separately Managed Accounts caught fire. Spurred on by rapidly lowering investment minimums, assets in SMAs were closing in on $500 billion as 2003 came to a close. Barron's took my advice to cover this emerging trend and hired me to write a primer on SMAs.

Early Harvest Bountiful for Investors

In the early summber of 2003, investors were seeing something they hadn't for a very long time: stock market gains. Changes in the tax laws regarding capital gains, and a desire not to repeat the past leads to that most uncommon of Wall Street cries: Se