Enjoy the current installment of "weekend reading for financial planners" - this week's issue starts off with a series of practice management articles, including a discussion of the emerging talent shortage for experienced advisors, how to choose a practice management coach to work with, and making a decision at the crossroads of business growth about whether to continue being an advisor or become a CEO of an advisory firm. There's also an article on the importance of watching the words that you use in your business, another about the positive impact that happiness can bring to your business and your success (the reality is that it's not success brings happiness, but that happiness brings success!), and a good reminder that even when you're building an online marketing effort there's a difference between platforms you can control and those you can't so be cautious that you don't turn yourself into a "digital sharecropper" with landlord risk.
From there, we look at a few technical planning articles, including a recent study finding that health insurance cost inflation may be slowing, a discussion of whether it makes sense to shift from current health care coverage to the coming new "Obamacare" health plans coming in the insurance exchanges this fall, a look from David Blanchett at how the factors of alpha, beta, cash flows, and delayed retirement impact retirement success, and the latest from Michael Finke on how there may be too much emphasis on the 4% rule and not enough on balancing out the longevity and "upside" risks that are also embedded into its assumptions.
We wrap up with three more introspective articles: the first looks at some recent research suggesting that seniors may not quite have the memory and cognitive decline once believed but that instead they're just better at prioritizing what to remember and what's irrelevant; the second examines our tendency to underinsure ourselves against high-impact low-probability events and that sometimes we need insurance to be "sold" to us to overcome our biases; and the last is an interesting piece about how forcing people to give a small "prosocial" bonus to others can actually be more effective for team-building and business success rather than just giving employees bonuses they can spend on themselves. Enjoy the reading!Continue reading "Weekend Reading for ... »