In New York, Barbara Coffey and David Lewis, CPA, have joined S&P Capital IQ as software and consumer products (advertising and publishing) equity analysts
For example, according to the Private Equity Analyst
, the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest pension fund in America, has allocated $3.
Greg Crawford, an equity analyst
with Fox-Pitt, Kelton, questioned the high turnover rate in the company's top ranks--saying it's "never ideal.
Companies using direct marketing to sell auto insurance are experiencing sales increases of 10% to 12%, while those using traditional distribution lines, such as agents, have seen nominal growth, said Mark Lane, an equity analyst
for William Blair & Co.
Some 190 broker/agency acquisitions took place in 1999, up from 107 transactions in 1997, said Nik Fisken, an equity analyst
with Stephens Inc.
This makes Aflac's first-year commissions 50% higher than its nearest competitor and is likely to increase Aflac Japan's sales growth more than 13%, the company's target, said Caitlin Long, an equity analyst
for Credit Suisse First Boston.