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3 ways to take your planning business to the next level

June 17, 2019

It's no secret that there's been a trend toward providing advice and planning. This has been a good development, reflecting not just evolutions in the regulatory world but the preferences of an increasing number of investors. For advisers who...

One retirement risk few people talk about

May 14, 2019

Retirement is full of risks and hurdles, as it can span 30 or 40 years for many Americans. Certain risks are well known: running out of money, long-term care, health care and investment risks. Within these broad categories lie hidden or overlooked...

Why is basic financial literacy so elusive?

April 30, 2019

Graduation season will soon be upon us, and with it, so many admonitions explaining why students are unprepared for the challenges of the real world. Graduation speeches will discuss the trillions in student-loan debt, why spendthrifts need...

When living on a half-million dollars a year seems hard

March 29, 2019

Every so often you come across an article about someone who makes a lot of money, but who claims to be just scraping by. Among the more famous of these was a Wall Street Journal infographic from 2013 depicting the travails of single mothers...

5 tactics to improve client retirement readiness

May 15, 2019

Five common things are preventing people from being ready to retire, according to Morningstar Inc. director of behavioral science, Sarah Newcomb. Ms. Newcomb explained the key factors and research behind them at the InvestmentNews Retirement...

How behavioral technology will improve retirement planning

April 12, 2019

Technology has always been the great disrupter. When robo-advisers came around, traditional advisers began preparing for battle. Now financial advisers are largely embracing technology, using it to free them up to be a better adviser. But technology...

401(k) advisers may be this type of fiduciary — and not know it

April 8, 2019

Retirement plan advisers often act as investment fiduciaries for 401(k) clients, helping plan sponsors select and monitor funds to offer their employees. However, such actors also have fiduciary responsibility concerning the digital operation...

Reset your thinking for 2019

February 26, 2019

2018 challenged many clients with a rockier road than 2017—and disappointing returns to boot. One recent study showed 90% of major asset classes posted declines through mid-November, with cash outperforming stocks and bonds. That preceded...

Bounded rationality: The realistic choice

November 5, 2018

Making a sandwich is easy. Making a perfect sandwich? Not so much. Standard economics assumes people make rational, utility-maximizing, optimal choices. But, how can we reconcile the belief that humans make rational choices when there are countless...

Helping clients overcome emotional biases

January 16, 2019

Last year marked the 10-year anniversary of the financial crisis and the resulting Great Recession. Advisers who were in the business a decade ago remember emotional and panicked calls from clients wanting to exit the market, fearful they might...

Expanding field of behavioral science provides key insights for advisers

December 18, 2018

With the role of the independent adviser continuing to evolve toward serving as a financial "life coach" for clients, behavioral finance training and insights are becoming more crucial every day across our profession. The Financial Services...

5 non-money-related books to help you (and your children) live a better financial life

August 17, 2017

Last week I was enjoying a late summer dinner with my daughter. We ended up discussing the books that I thought she should read ? books that I think are interesting and have helped me the most in my life. She's a sophomore in college and really...

Adviser's Consultant: Incorporating clients' risk scores into all planning decisions

June 8, 2017

David Yeske believes advisers can help clients make smarter financial decisions if they take the client's risk tolerance into consideration more often. Most advisers use a client's risk score to help decide how to invest their money, but it...

3 quotes every adviser should remember

November 17, 2015

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaching, I thought I'd take a step away from my traditional observations on how to thrive in a digitized age, and take a slightly more reflective perspective. One of my odder hobbies is to study philosophy....

Men, women & money: What we can learn from each other

September 17, 2015

In 1993, an American author and relationship counselor named John Gray published his soon-to-be classic “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.” The book explored the differences between men and women when it comes to relationships and...

New retirement planning: How to spend your time, not your money

March 19, 2015

My office bookshelves are crammed with financial titles explaining how to save for retirement, ensure that my money lasts a lifetime, use strategies to protect my nest egg from the devastating health care costs, retire wealthy and, failing that,...

Right to the Point: Why forecasts are for dummies

January 29, 2015

When average people listen to experts' forecasts, it puts to sleep the part of their brain involved in critical thinking, according to behavioral finance expert Daniel Crosby. Find out what advisers need to watch out for.

No bull: Why it's a good idea to risk everything

July 16, 2015

I was 18 when I first went to Pamplona, Spain, and ran with the bulls during the San Fermin festival. The weeklong festival in the northern Spanish town has been one of the largest street parties in the world for centuries. Endless nights of...

Prepare clients for the terror of falling markets

October 30, 2017

It's witching season and while our costumed children invade our neighborhoods for candies and treats, almost no-one considers the "trick" part of the equation anymore. It's much the same way for investors today; it's been nothing but treats...

Finding the right nudge for your clients

August 27, 2018

"First, never underestimate the power of inertia. Second, that power can be harnessed." —​ Richard H. Thaler, Nobel Laureate, behavioral economist Client perceptions of a financial adviser's service are ultimately determined by how effectively...

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