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[…]

The Value of Client Behavioral Management

All of the studies and resulting data that have looked at the issue appear to agree that client behavioral management is one of—if not the most—important functions of financial advisors. In one of the seminal research studies—although not technically an inquiry into the role of financial advisors in relation to client behavioral management—the researchers concluded that of all the activities undertaken by large corporate pension fund managers, strategic portfolio allocation accounted for on average 93.6% of[…]

No App for A Lazy Susan

We recently acquired a so-called Lazy Susan. You know, one of those devices that you set on a dining table to spin around and send the salt and pepper to anyone at the table. At the risk of encouraging laziness, with so many people around our table at dinnertime, it seemed to be a net gain. And to my knowledge, there are few substitutes for this simple device. There isn’t an app on my phone that[…]

The Efficiency of “Smart” Client Selection

Recently, The Wall Street Journal reported that J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s private banking group went through another layoff as it shifted its business strategy and increased its minimum investible assets from $5 million to $10 million. The rationale, as explained in the article, is that wealthy clients require much more attention, generate more fees, and have less risk than less lower income, middle class clients. The article continues:  Wealthy clients also typically generate a[…]