Investing Perspective: Sharing Is Caring

We look to financial advisors to help with the technical mechanics of financial planning, but increasingly we look for advisors to help in managing our financial lives; to serve as expert advisors; and to shape our behaviors to ensure that we can meet goals that are critical to us. DataPoints works with advisers that are focused on their clients well-being–many of whom operate under a fiduciary standard that demands that they never fail to do[…]

Advisor Survey Results: The Most Challenging Client Type

Over the past few months, we asked advisors which type of client is the most challenging to work with, and the results are probably not too surprising: nearly one-third of advisors shared that the most challenging type of client is one who wants to beat the market. A little more than one-fourth of advisors shared that the most challenging client is one who cannot stick to a plan, followed by a little less than one-fourth[…]

Authentic Advisors

Think about the branding of the message on this church close to my home:  Now Serving Pumpkin Spice Communion. JK Y’all. The message is designed to get attention, but it also implies something about the church’s beliefs and personality. The branding is authentic to the extent that the messaging mirrors the culture of the organization. The disruption in the financial services industry is leading to what we hope is an increase in authentic branding and marketing. We already[…]

Advisor’s Alpha: 3% Is Good. 143% Is Better

We’ve written before about the often-cited Vanguard “Advisor’s Alpha” study. That research documents the data showing that a good financial advisor can add on average a full 3% in incremental return to a client’s investment portfolio annually. The study then breaks that 3% down into its component parts, showing that the biggest gains–a full 150 basis points–come from effective behavioral coaching that serves to prevent clients from engaging in detrimental investing behaviors (think buying high and[…]