While the economy may be looking up in some respects, it's not a walk in the park when it comes to financial advisors generating income and protecting the wealth of their clients.

So this month, in SMAs Tough It Out, our cover story, contributor Elizabeth Wine went to Morningstar to identify the Top 50 Separately Managed Accounts—that is, the top 10 performers in five categories. What she found were managers who refused to be at the mercy of the markets. Instead, they looked for opportunity and made their own luck. 

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