Zoom for Advisors: Saving Face Time with Clients and Prospects

Amid one of the fastest market sell-offs on record, financial advisors have been inundated with client concerns about coronavirus and questions surrounding the future of their investments. With most people smartly staying home in efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, advisors must adapt to the “new normal” of working remotely in order to connect … Continued

Resources for Client Communications in a Bear Market

On February 19th, the S&P 500 set a new all-time-high. The Nasdaq Composite also set a new high that day, while the Dow Jones topped out a week earlier on February 12th. Since then, we’ve witnessed some of the worst sessions in stock market history. It’s worth saying that first and foremost, there are more … Continued

Resources for Client Communications on Coronavirus

The S&P 500 is nearly 20% off the all-time-high it set less than a month ago on February 19th, at times moving into the -20% bear market territory. Thursday, March 12th was the S&P 500’s worst day since Black Monday in 1987. The shock of coronavirus (COVID-19) can be felt not only in investors’ portfolios, but also … Continued

Portfolio Stress Testing for Prospect & Client Conversations

History tends to repeat itself—and the stock market is no exception. In fact, plenty of investors sincerely want this to be true. If history repeats itself, you can find securities you believe will follow a trend, invest in them, and watch as your bets pay off. (It’s almost never that easy.) On the flip side, … Continued

Feeling unproductive? YCharts aligns advisor teams for better collaboration

In light of fee compression and increased competition, many wealth management firms have a renewed emphasis on operational productivity metrics. Adding in factors such as evolving investor demands and impending retirements can leave advisors feeling like they’re constantly playing defense; however, you might consider an offensively-minded approach to improving firm-wide metrics such as advisor productivity, … Continued

Charts of the Decade: Looking Back on the 2010s

The end of the year, and now the end of the decade, provide an opportunity to look inward and reflect on our successes and failures, think critically about where we went wrong, and make resolutions to be better versions of ourselves going forward. But that sounds like a lot of work. Instead, we at YCharts … Continued

How To Create Better Touchpoints with Clients

While Henry Ford famously told Model T buyers, “you can have any color as long as it’s black,” today’s consumers expect a lot more when it comes to customer service, and especially personalization. If you’re a Netflix subscriber, you’ve probably enjoyed the personalized recommendations for new TV shows and movies that are similar to the … Continued

How To Avoid Distributions and Build Tax Efficient Portfolios

At the end of every calendar year, many mutual fund managers distribute capital gains to shareholders, delivering tax implications that are equally painful for advisors and their clients. As an advisor, you’re tasked not only with helping your clients manage their investments, but also managing the tax implications of gains and losses from those investments. … Continued

How To Find the Best Mutual Funds

When putting together an investment portfolio, whether for yourself or on behalf of a client, fund selection is a pivotal exercise. Firstly, what is a mutual fund? Put plainly, a mutual fund is a pool of money from many investors that a fund manager(s) invests in stocks, bonds, and other securities. Investors buy shares of … Continued

How Ben and Michael use YCharts against Noobwhales

When it comes to finance and investing podcasts, Animal Spirits stands out as one of the most insightful and entertaining shows we listen to.  Part of what makes the podcast so appealing is how Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson, the show’s co-hosts, poke holes in the claims of investing talking heads and Twitter trolls. Noobwhales, … Continued