We closed this issue in the wake of Hurricane Irene, which savaged parts of the East Coast, hitting Vermont and North Carolina especially hard. Our closing also came days before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks—a tragedy that so many of us vividly remember.

Catastrophes, natural and otherwise, are a part of life—the part that we all want to avoid but have to face. And in light of that, this month we devoted our cover story to disaster preparedness and how advisors can help their clients in the aftermath of such events.

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