On Using Assessments to Screen Prospects

While visiting Santa Cruz last year in August at the FPA Far West Roundup, I stepped into a surf shop on the wharf and saw a magic 8-ball for sale (I’m still not exactly certain what magic 8-balls and surfing have to do with each other). I hadn’t seen one of these things in quite some[…]

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[…]

Identifying and Guiding Investor Behaviors with the Investor Profile

Working with an advisor can add incrementally to your portfolio, according to Vanguard’s Advisor Alpha study. Half of the contribution is through behavioral guidance – helping clients make better decisions regardless of market decisions, guiding them to ignore the herds, and mentoring them to stick to a plan. These findings beg the question: if we added[…]

Wealth Behaviors in Money Magazine

The focus on behaviors and their impact on financial success continues to grow in the media! We’re thrilled about the coverage of DataPoints’ research on wealth behaviors and financial success in Money magazine’s online and print editions this month.  We also partnered with Money to create a quick quiz to help you learn about your wealth behaviors. Our clients are using[…]

Marriage & Finances On The Same Page

As you make your way into midlife you will inevitably encounter a growing number of peers who are on the verge of or who have already dissolved their marriages. For many of these couples, the self-reported cause of marital discord is disagreement over finances. In fact, financial disagreements are stronger predictors of divorce than other marital disagreements, based on research from Kansas[…]