Smart Home to Safe Home

  Michael Lynch     Wed Jan 24 15:00:00 EST 2018 

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For many people who are approaching or already in retirement, housing can be a big decision. When determining where they will choose to age, considerations should go beyond if a home is affordable or in a desirable location. Can the home meet their changing needs as they age? For example, does it have features that will allow them to live comfortably in the event of declining mobility? For a married couple, could a spouse remain in the home if they find themselves having to live alone? 

A New Way to Prospect: Leveraging LinkedIn

  Bill McManus     Wed Jan 17 14:00:00 EST 2018 

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With more pressure than ever on advisors to be more than just financial guides, but to be an empathetic and understanding ear for cautious investors, there is no shortage of advice on how to better advise existing clients.  Just as important to the health of their business, however, is bringing in new clients. It’s important for advisors to be proactive in acquiring new business, but typical marketing channels, such as email, are overused and easily ignored. To cut through the clutter and gain access to a stockpile of potential clients, advisors can use an often overlooked tool: LinkedIn. 

Ten Years Later: How the Financial Crisis is Still Impacting Investors

  John Diehl     Tue Nov 28 09:30:00 EST 2017 

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Ten years ago, the U.S. housing market collapsed, which triggered the start of what is known as the Great Recession. Now that a decade has passed, Hartford Funds conducted a survey to find out how Americans were impacted and whether they changed their financial behaviors as a result. Three key points emerged from this survey that financial advisors may find to be particularly useful.

What Are You Afraid Of?

  John Diehl     Tue Oct 31 08:00:00 EDT 2017 

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Halloween is a time when fear is at the forefront, and we willingly watch scary movies, walk through haunted houses, and dress up as a witch, ghost, or zombie. But have you ever asked your clients what their biggest fear is? I’m willing to guess that it isn’t monsters or the undead or other fictional entities that make the hair on the back of their necks stand up, but rather the seemingly more tangible threats, like natural disasters, a stock market crash, nuclear war, hackers, or any other fear-inducing headline of late. So how can advisors curb their clients’ fears of losing everything?

Is a Bear Market Around the Corner?

  John Diehl     Mon Oct 23 14:30:00 EDT 2017 

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While last time I wrote about clients who become more optimistic as the bull market streak continues, there are also those clients who are notoriously glass-half-empty thinkers. With an eight-year bull market run and a consecutively positive 2017, these are the clients who feel that we’re due for a downturn, and are waiting with bated breath for the proverbial other shoe to drop. What can you do for clients whose strategy is to quit while they’re ahead?