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[Guide] Conquering Selection Analysis Paralysis In Financial Services

In the interest of reducing cost and liability, financial services companies have started withdrawing from the advice market and are requiring non-high net worth individuals to bear responsibility for their own financial decisions. This trend is similar to a trend in healthcare called “patient empowerment,” where doctors no longer make a recommendation for a course […]

Helping Clients Understand The Impact Of Their Investment Decisions

Clients are more empowered than ever to make their own informed decisions, which has led to a dramatic shift in their expectations of financial services companies. Clients expect to be provided with the kind of personalized advice, support, and tools they used to only get from their financial advisors. While offering choices is an important […]

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5 Ways To Improve The Decision-Making Process For Investors

Financial services institutions have several options when it comes to improving the decision-making process for investors. Reduce options Probably the least-attractive idea for many providers is the notion of limiting the number of options available to clients. Though there are many examples in the manufacturing industry where decreasing the total number of different products in […]

The Emotional Impact Of Too Much Choice

In his book Paradox of Choice, Dr. Barry Schwartz identifies several key reactions people have when confronted with too much choice. Escalation of expectations – Expectations can be significantly detrimental to one’s ability to be happy with a situation. If you are given only two options, your expectations are going to be fairly low. Regardless […]

More Choice Isn’t Always Better

When 401(k) plans were introduced in the early 1980s, most had only one-to-three funds available. Typically, participants would find a low-income/low-risk fund (often called a “guaranteed” investment vehicle) and an employer stock fund. As the plans became more popular, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) determined that plan sponsors had to offer more options that […]