David Battisto isn't a power hitter. Instead of swinging for the fences, he views his role as the "scrappy" player (as the sportscasters would say) who always seems to get on base. That is, he pays attention to the basics and keeps clients in a balanced portfolio instead of going for the gusto.

That's why Battisto, an advisor at Community First Bank in Harrison, Ark., traditionally veered towards safer options-think bonds and annuities-until now. Given today's market he feels that investments with lower fees than most variable annuities, and less risk than some of the bonds out there now, are what his clients need.

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