While crisis-level activity has largely subsided, advisors remain very active relative to "normal" levels of activity we saw during the bull market run.
During these volatile market swings and stay at home orders for investors, advisors remain very active. Investing activity last week was still two times average transaction volume as compared to the past 18 months. While the equity markets showed strong performance last week, advisors remained in a neutral risk stance. Cash as a percentage of portfolio dropped to 5% from 6.2%, a nearly 20% drop in cash allocations.
Advisors are very slowly reducing cash levels. Their attitude toward risk is neutral, repeating last week's trend, in that both risky and non-risky assets saw nearly zero net flows.
Advisors remain very active making small changes to client portfolios, harvesting tax losses, and fine tuning risk tolerance, while generally keeping their clients invested to meet their objectives.
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The growth of fee-based advice has led to a more holistic approach of consulting with today’s individual investor. Because of the efficiency and improved outcome of the
approach, holistic offerings as well as the use of goal-focused service is here to stay and the centerpiece that drives the approach is account aggregation.
Investors today have very complex financial lives. It is not uncommon for an individual or couple to have bank checking accounts, savings accounts, retirement accounts (401k, 403b, Roth IRA’s), investment accounts, etc., spread across multiple institutions, multiple platforms and multiple advisors. This situation makes securing a comprehensive financial plan difficult.
One of the biggest challenges in investing is to stay focused and on course. Investors must look at the markets from a historical perspective for broader context, and to better understand why it is important to stay the course during both calm and perilous markets.
Consumers want intuitive solutions that provide a holistic view of their accounts, while also providing financial guidance. To meet these growing expectations, data aggregation has evolved to empower financial service providers with apps and APIs to provide actionable guidance.
Advisory firms who leverage advanced tech integration, have a bigger book-of-business, generate more financial plans, and have more time to spend with clients. John Yackel of Envestnet and Michael Wilson of First Citizen Bank sit down to discuss.
With this influx of technology and the ever-changing nature of investors across different demographics, financial advisors are faced with the difficult task of providing tailored advice to a variety of individual experiences.