Know Thy Investments

The primary foundations of Financial DNA are “Know Thyself” and Know Thy Client”. However, what I have not spoken up much before about is “Know Thy Investments”. For both the advisor and the client this is absolutely critical to successful investing. Who at some point has been caught in an investment they did not fully […]

Understanding Client DNA Behavior Under Pressure

When I was a financial planner and even before that a CPA, I had regularly observed that people’s behavior and decision-making patterns changed when they were under pressure; the pressure often being caused by money and relationships. This observation was fundamental to my thinking when I was building the Financial DNA Discovery Process with my […]

Should You Be In The Business?

I have had some interesting discussions in the past week with financial advisors and managers of advisors. With the financial downturn everyone is evaluating where they are at. The big question being asked is: “Should you be in the business?” My feeling is that over the next 1 to 3 years many current advisors will […]

Behavioral Profiles Leverage Your Intuition

In the financial services industry there are a lot of supporters for the use of behavioral profiles as part of the client discovery process and there are some detractors from using them. Like in any situation where there are detractors most have not yet had a positive experience or seen the full benefits or simply […]

Research Insights on Practice Behaviors

In February 2009 we completed cutting edge research on practice behaviors, giving a short survey to 100 leading financial advisors with practices having assets under management over $50 million. The overall conclusion would be that advisors could be doing more to use human behavioral insights as a foundation for building their practice in the future. […]

Finding Meaning In Your Life

For a few years now there has been an increasing trend toward people taking steps to find greater meaning in their life. Gradually, more and more people are having the courage to do it and not just talk about it. This may involve turning their back on what is a well paid job and years […]

Dreams and Goals

Would you prefer to be asked about your dreams or your goals? Last week in one of our Wealth Mentor Community Calls we discussed this very question. Prior to the meeting, I had the Wealth Mentor participants read a book called the Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly. This book really brings out the connective power […]

Review Your Relationship with Money

Recently, I have had a great experience in reading a book called The Energy of Money by Maria Nemeth. I would thoroughly recommend this book to any person who is interested in better understanding their relationship to money. After all, this is what I have been advocating very strongly in my past few blogs. To […]

The Role of Advisors in Consumer Education

In my last blog I discussed how regulators are pushing for greater consumer “financial capability” and how the Irish regulator had recently issued a report on this. In the Netherlands, consumer financial capability is also a huge issue. Yesterday, I met with the Netherlands Authority for Financial Markets (AFM) along with our Country Operator, Symon […]