Articles in "2017 May":

8,000 Days

  Stephen Parnell     05/15/17 3:30 PM 

Retirement is often talked about as an end—it’s the end of one’s career, it’s the last stage of one’s life, it’s the end game. Clients might be focused on how to prepare for retirement, which is critically important, but if they’re looking at retirement as the final goal, then they might not be preparing in the best way.

I recently sat down with Dr. Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD, Director of the MIT AgeLab, to discuss the dichotomy of retirement—it is seen as an end, but it can actually make up more than a decade or two of one’s life—and he gave me his perspective on how to help clients navigate what he refers to as the 8,000 days of retirement. I asked Dr. Coughlin to share his 8,000 days analogy for the purposes of this blog, and the following is his contributed content:

X Marks the Spot

  Bill McManus     05/10/17 9:15 AM 

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For several years now we have listened to the constant drumbeat about the importance of reaching out to the millennial generation to maintain and grow a successful financial advisory practice. However, when we look at the immediate opportunity for advisors, we may need to focus on a different segment of the population: Gen X.

How to Be a Longevity Solutions Advisor

  Michael Lynch     05/02/17 9:30 AM 

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It’s not enough anymore for financial advisors just to give guidance on financial planning and fund-picking. With the proliferation of robo-advisors and financial advising apps, it’s become critically important that financial advisors offer their clients more than the expected.

A longevity solutions advisor is a financial advisor who, in addition to providing financial guidance, helps clients navigate the complexities of aging and longer retirements. They don’t just talk about products with clients, but rather they have deeper discussions about the realities that come along with older age—such as healthcare costs, aging in place, maintaining quality of life—and help them come up with a plan. There are a few key elements to becoming a longevity solutions advisor: