Digital tools that are visually dynamic and interactive can help advisors make more informed decisions when building a client portfolio, while also fostering engagement with clients, writes Matt Matrisian of AssetMark. Clients may be more likely to interact with advisors through the use of intuitive visual analytics, suggests Matrisian.
The number of Americans filing for state unemployment benefits fell last week to a seasonally adjusted 207,000, the smallest number since December 1969, the Labor Department said. Economists surveyed by Reuters expected claims to rise to 220,000.
A recent study found anxiety in middle age could increase the likelihood of developing dementia in old age, writes attorney Letha Sgritta McDowell. She highlights 10 signs from the Alzheimer's Association for advisors to look out for in their clients.
Many advisors are making inaccurate assumptions about their clients' views on charitable giving, according to a survey from the U.S. Trust. "Advisors who approach these conversations in a meaningful way -- focusing on personal goals and passions as well as the more technical aspects of giving -- are more likely to satisfy their clients' philanthropic needs while also growing their business," said Claire Costello of the U.S. Trust.
There aren't enough cryptocurrency assets being traded to present a threat to the financial system, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the US House Financial Services Committee. The central bank doesn't have any authority over cryptocurrencies and isn't interested in overseeing them, he said.
Millennials are largely confident about their ability to use financial products, but many are reluctant to actually put their money in the market, according to a survey from the Bank of the West. Ryan Bailey, head of the Bank of the West's retail banking group, explains what plan sponsors and advisors can do to help motivate millennials to invest for retirement.
Research shows use of target-date funds is growing, with around half of savers putting all of their money in a single target-date fund in 2017, according to Vanguard. Few investors understand that target-date funds have higher fees and may carry more risk than index funds, writes Nir Kaissar of Unison Advisors.
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