Revolutions in Tunisia and Yemen, violent protests in Bahrain, unrest in Syria and a stunning regime collapse in Egypt. An earthquake, followed by a tsunami, followed by a near-meltdown of a nuclear reactor in Japan. And, of course, a civil war in Libya that's slowly dragging Western forces into yet another armed conflict.

Combine all those events, cram them into the space of six weeks or so, and you have the recipe for massive investor unease. Add the what-ifs to the list and the geopolitical context in which advisors have to manage client portfolios-and keep those clients calm and focused on long-term objectives as well as short-term risks-becomes even more complex.

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