De-Mystifying The Multi-Dimensional Nature of An Investor's Risk Profile

What Is The Misunderstanding Of An Investor’s Risk Profile?

In my journey as a wealth mentor over the last 20 years, and developing a rigorous scientifically based behavioral finance approach for the last 15, I have watched the risk profiling discussion seriously evolve from denigration to one that is being more intelligently embraced and applied. From advisors, clients, compliance departments, and regulators: what is […]

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Dysfunctional Boardroom Behavior – 5 Steps to Manage

A dysfunctional board of directors can cause multiple challenges for any organization. Industry leaders, celebrities, and subject experts often make up Boards. Many of these individuals are not accustomed to having their opinions challenged. So while they may add credibility, there’re not always a mutual fit. Dysfunction arises when: Individual behaviors, cognitive biases, decision-making styles […]

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4 Hacks For Managing Your Nightmare Clients

Advisors and their staff love to stereotype their clients. Without even realizing it, most firms segment their clients based on communication style using a crude method of stereotyping. While this segmentation is informal, it 100% aligns to the four fundamental client communication styles. Below is a guide to the four most common client communication styles […]

Managing The Rise In Clients Non-Financial Issues

Pull Up The Couch For Your Next Financial Client

According to David Dubofsky, Ph.D., CFA, and Lyle Sussman, Ph.D. in their study, “The Changing Role of the Financial Planner Part 1: From Financial Analytics to Coaching and Life Planning”, approximately 25% percent of the financial advisor’s contact with clients is devoted to non-financial issues. About 74% percent of planners estimate that the amount of […]

Advise Your Advisor On How To Advise You On Financial Advice

Advise Your Advisor On How To Advise You On Financial Advice

Your Advisor’s not telling you that your long-term financial goals may be out of sync with the level of risk you’re willing to take in order to reach them. No risk, no reward, right? It’s time to advise your advisor on how to advise you on financial advice. According to a recent survey by asset […]

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Be-Fi for the DIYI (Behavioral Finance for the Do-It-Yourself Investor)

The oldest advice in the financial world: buy low, and sell high. And easy to follow too, right? Then how come we’re not all gazillionaires? That’s the Behavioral Finance $25,000 question. First off, maybe a gazillion bucks isn’t everyone’s goal, but even moderate growth on savings over time in preparation for retirement shouldn’t mean we […]

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How Do I Get People to Listen to Me?

Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth? 1998 Rush Hour movie starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker How many times have you been in a situation where you were trying to communicate with someone and it felt you might as well have been talking to the wall? I remember explaining […]