Managing Your Clients’ Risk Perception

Posted by Kol Birke, CFP

October 25, 2017 at 1:30 PM

When the market heads up or down precipitously, managing your clients’ risk perception is key. But to do so, you must first understand the difference between risk tolerance and risk perception.

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

6 Bankruptcy Basics Financial Advisors Should Know [SlideShare]

Posted by Justin C. Duft, JD, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CLTC

June 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM

People consider filing for bankruptcy for a number of reasons. Perhaps they or a family member experienced a prolonged medical issue, and costs have far exceeded what their insurance will cover. Or maybe their small business failed, and they don’t have enough assets to pay off their creditors. Nearly 800,000 people filed for bankruptcy in 2016, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Although these individuals must seek an attorney's advice to file, they may well consult a financial advisor like you first. Would you know how best to advise them on their options?

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

Avoiding Pitfalls in Financial Decision Making

Posted by Giovanna Zaffina

May 17, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Have you ever stopped to think about why or how you made a decision? Was it your logic, intuition, emotion, pressure, or routine? Or were you simply following direction from someone else?

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

How to Help Your Clients Who Are Overspending in Retirement

Posted by Kol Birke, CFP

November 2, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Clients overspend in retirement for a number of reasons. Maybe they can’t say no to their kids (who are financially irresponsible themselves). Maybe they want to enjoy their money before their health fails. Or maybe it’s just habit. Whatever the reason, how can you help your clients who are overspending in retirement—in a way that has a good shot at changing their ways? Luckily, for every bad financial behavior, there are techniques that can lead to positive change.

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

How to Help Clients Avoid Self-Destructive Financial Behavior

Posted by Kol Birke, CFP

June 15, 2016 at 1:30 PM

I’ve heard advisors ask, “Why does my client want to go to cash when his portfolio has lost only nominal money?” or “Why is my client blaming me for something she pushed for months ago?” Rather than trying to explain why their instincts are wrong, it can be more effective to instead just affirm their feelings and then redirect their energy.

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

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