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Hearts & Wallets is the resource for retail investor data and insights, combining a consumer marketing framework with financial services operating experience. The company is a catalyst for consumer-driven innovation in retail investing and saving. 

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State of Advice & Guidance

Actionable and Integrated Advice Report 

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Report Overview

Get the inside edge on advice and guidance with State of Advice & Guidance 2018: Actionable and Integrated Advice. This annual marketplace examination reveals what distinguishes the best advice, provides forward-looking Top Ten Trends and offers industry Best Practices. Advice managers can see where their experiences fit within the competitive spectrum with report insights drawn from data-driven Inside Advice® Benchmarking, a proprietary methodology of 300-plus measures.

Annually, a primary Hearts & Wallets Standardized Consumer Hypothetical is selected for companies seeking advice assessments. Mark and Stacy, a Mid-Career Accumulator couple in their late 40s, were the primary hypothetical for 2018. The hypothetical allows a standardized assessment of recommendations for each experience.

Select Key Findings

  • Options in personal financial advice and guidance are improving as more experiences cover multiple goals as part of overall financial wellness, and recommendations are becoming more actionable.
  • The capability to allocate saving by account type is missing from many experiences. The best experiences allocate saving across 5 to 6 different account types. 
  • The best advice and guidance experiences in 2018 personalize recommendations, taking into account variables like geography, tax rates and household status.
  • Options for advice vary widely in terms of Service Level and Scope, or number and depth and breadth of topics covered.
  • Innovations in financial advice are positive for consumers, but more options make it harder for consumers to choose since there has not been a reliable resource to help them compare and contrast.

How This Report Helps

Marketing, product and advice/digital design professionals get insights to:

  • Build capabilities that help your clients see progress toward all their goals with actionable steps.
  • Incorporate variables that can personalize the advice experience.
  • Provide clear pricing for service and advice as is the case for other products that consumers buy. 
  • Facilitate consumer shopping through clear categories. Differences in advice options can be more easily understood when categorized on the Hearts & Wallets Inside Advice® Grid by Service Level and Scope, the two most important considerations that distinguish advice and guidance experiences.  

Get an Inside Advice® Assessment!

Get your advice experience assessed today! In 2019 the featured Standardized Consumer Hypothetical is At-Retirement couple George & Nina and a second focus is Early Career Millennials Nate & Andy. Hearts & Wallets Standardized Consumer Hypotheticals are also available in other lifestages depending on the design targets for your advice and guidance experiences. 

Gain insights to help your organization grow. Ask a Hearts & Wallets Relationship Manager for more information.

About Hearts & Wallets Inside Advice® Benchmarking

Leading firms use Hearts & Wallets Inside Advice® Benchmarking to enhance their advice experiences. This data-driven assessment compares each experience with 300+ measures within the Inside Advice® Database to deliver easy-to-execute insights that can’t be found anywhere else. Validate funding, prioritize initiatives, and provide cross-enterprise positioning for multiple experiences.

Experiences are assessed using one of the Hearts & Wallets' stable of standardized consumer hypotheticals. These design targets have defined goals, questions and financial realities that reflect real consumer needs and concerns as identified in Hearts & Wallets Investor Quantitative™ Database, which now totals over 45,000 consumer respondents, along with the nationwide Explore Qualitative™ research series.

Executive Summary

Inside Advice® Benchmarking Methodology and Glossary

6-10

Key Findings & Implications, Favorite Statistics

11-12

Inside Advice Top Ten Trends

1. Goal Integration

13-16

2. Topics for Younger Consumers

17-19

3. Personalize Advice

20-24

4. Advice on Where to Save

25-27

5. Balance Tax Deferral and Liquidity

28-29

6. Articulate Value Prop & Price

30-31

7. Named Experiences

32

8. Engage in Right Model

33

9. Resource Centers

34-35

10. Choice Architecture

36-49

Hearts & Wallets Best Practices

Summary

50

1. Customer Centricity

51

2. Quality of Recommendations

52

3. Format

53

4. Process & Resources

54

Publication date January 29, 2019. This 56-page report features 42 data-intensive exhibits.

Inside Advice® Benchmarking

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Inside Advice® Assessments

Customized assessment -- understand how you compare to industry and category benchmarks. Enjoy the benefits of confidentiality for non-public experiences. You’ll also receive the latest State of Advice & Guidance report upon publication. Ask us for pricing!

Complementary assessment -- with 3 thank-you benchmarks for participation, and reserve the option to obtain customized confidential results and feedback.

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About Hearts & Wallets

Hearts & Wallets is the resource for retail investor data and insights, combining a consumer marketing framework with financial services operating experience. The company is a catalyst for consumer-driven innovation in retail investing and saving. 

Visit: www.heartsandwallets.com/about 

Call now 800-930-0966 x1

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