Beware the Inferential Leap From a Single Data Point

Beware the Inferential Leap From a Single Data Point

If you are trying to understand the complex underlying personal characteristics of your client, a potential employee, or even yourself, it goes without saying that you need a good tool (i.e., a good assessment) to measure these not-so-obvious personal features. This is the heart of psychometrics: the science of measuring individual differences (that is, our unique personal characteristics). Typically psychometrics involves gathering multiple responses related to a characteristic to ensure you’re really measuring what you[…]

The Commoditization of Portfolio Returns: What’s a Financial Advisor To Do?

The Commoditization of Portfolio Returns: What’s a Financial Advisor To Do?

We have an operating theory here at DataPoints that goes like this: portfolio returns are being commoditized for the vast majority of retail investors–either by robo-style services or index strategies, or both–and that this large swath of the population will be willing to pay less for the (likely illusory) promise of market-beating portfolio returns from their would-be financial advisors. This development will in turn put pressure on the financial services industry in general and financial[…]

Behavioral Assessments: On The Fintech Map

Behavioral Assessments: On The Fintech Map

The financial technology (or fintech) landscape is evolving rather quickly, and some are calling it the “golden age of fintech.” I recall thinking only a few years ago that DataPoints didn’t quite fit in any of the categories of the various fintech maps that were published. The groupings of CRMs, financial planning software, re-balancing tools, etc. were clear enough. But there really wasn’t a place for psychology and behavioral science in the mechanics of financial planning[…]

Mindfulness, Well-Being, and Spending: The Benefits of Being Aware

Mindfulness, Well-Being, and Spending: The Benefits of Being Aware

Have you ever dismissed a concept because it sounds too “soft,” that it won’t help or be applicable to your practice, life, or clients? One of those concepts that has suffered from a branding problem in the financial world is mindfulness. However, with the increased focus on holistic financial planning, it’s gaining some ground a an increased reputation as a way to help achieve financial success. Let’s consider it in light of spending. News-flash: Excessive spending can[…]