Changing Attitudes and Behaviors Related to Budgeting

An obvious mechanism to help an individual spend their cash flow in accordance with their financial goals is to employ some sort of budget. But for many of us the idea of constricting any type of behavior, especially the way in which we spend our money, is unpleasant. Even if we label it using the euphemism of a “spending plan.” Volumes of advice and technologies are available to help with the mechanics of putting budgets together and tracking[…]

Value Above Technology: Advisors as Coaches

Executive coaching is estimated to be a $1 billion industry. These counselors, psychologists, and former “C-level” executives coach leaders to build competencies and skills required to be effective and successful at their high-level, high-stakes job. While coaches use technologies and numerous methodologies to assist in their practices, personal interaction is at the heart of the business. Like a C-level role, the job of household money management is multi-faceted, and includes many complex tasks: budgeting, creating long-term goals, investing, estate[…]

Behavioral Science and The Job of Financial Management

Back in 1999, I worked as a consultant to a large fiber-optic cable company that was staffing a new plant in Pennsylvania. For months, our crew of grad students and industrial psychologists administered validated tests, interviews, and work samples to thousands of potential candidates to fill manufacturing roles. In the work sample, applicants had to coil thin, translucent cables into circles and pack them into thick, zipper-top bags while racing against a clock. Only some applicants[…]

Income, Worry, & One More Question

“Not having enough money for retirement” was the most common financial concern for Americans according to a report from Gallup. Approximately 60% of Americans were very/moderately worried about money for retirement, followed by “not being able to pay for medical costs of a serious illness/accident” (55% very/moderately worried), and then by “not being able to maintain the standard of living you enjoy” (46% very/moderately worried). Approximately 50% of Americans are “very” or “moderately” worried about three or[…]