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Half Full or Half Empty: How Positive Emotions Help You Thrive

Posted by Kol Birke, CFP

May 27, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Does success create happiness? In these uncertain times, advisors—and our clients—may be questioning ourselves more than ever. And it turns out, we just might have it backwards. According to Shawn Achor, positive psychology advocate and author of The Happiness Advantage, it’s actually our positive emotions, mental health, and resilience that drive our success.

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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

January 15, 2020 at 1:30 PM

People consider filing for bankruptcy for a number of reasons. But whatever the reason, this option is often seen as a last resort—a solution to be considered only after all other potential remedies have been exhausted. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with bankruptcy may make those drowning in debt hesitant to seek relief. Some have ethical objections, and others may view bankruptcy as an admission of personal defeat. As a result, a petition for bankruptcy relief is often made far later than objectively advisable.

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

The Science of Success: Why Positive Thinking Matters

Posted by Kol Birke, CFP

December 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM

You’ve heard the phrase, “the power of positive thinking,” probably more times that you can count. Obviously, you can’t just sit back and think about growing your business without putting in any effort and expect to become successful. But research has shown that positive emotions can help improve your work, your health, and your life, and they play a bigger role in helping you and your clients achieve success than you might think.

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

The Brain on Bias: Guiding Clients in Financial Decision-Making

Posted by Angela Sarver

October 16, 2019 at 1:30 PM

As advisors often experience, introducing change to clients can be a struggle, especially when money—an emotionally charged topic—is involved. Financial decision-making is not always, or even typically, rational and reasonable. Although most of us think we’re capable of making rational choices, only part of the mind has the capability to analyze a problem and come up with a rational solution, and this process can be slow and inefficient.

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

How to Help Your Clients Who Are Overspending in Retirement

Posted by Kol Birke, CFP

July 17, 2019 at 1:30 PM

Do you have clients who are overspending in retirement? Chances are, you do. Perhaps they can’t say no to helping their kids, or they understandably want to enjoy their money before their health fails. Or they might be motivated by any other of the common reasons for “bad” financial habits. Whatever the cause, there are a number of straightforward techniques you can use to help encourage positive change when talking to clients about sticking to their retirement plan. 

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

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