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New regulation is here and one software provider believes it can help you restore client confidence:

The Financial Industry has just gone through its first RRSP season with the new performance reporting requirements.  There have been more questions, more confusion and more time demands on the financial professionals.  There have been challenges, but successes as well.

Top CFP’s have had varied responses but a few positive words have been spoken.   Said one CFP:  “The onus is now on us to step up.   If you can provide your clients with a clear picture of their financial situation you are well on the road to having a good relationship for the duration.   Your clients need to know just 3 things:    1.Financially, where are they now, 2. how did they get here, and 3. where are they going to be?   If you can answer these 3 questions, why the heck aren’t you on a yacht in the Bahamas?“

On a more serious note, if you could explain those three aspects, you would be restoring client confidence that may have been shaken with the incongruous reports from the corporate financial system.

  1. Where are they now?

Show your client graphically, what they are investing in.   It is then easier to guide them in making informed decisions.

  1. How did they get here?

What are the consequences of their decisions?   Over the course of the years, you have advised your client and they have made decisions in consultation with you.   Show them graphically, what would have happened if those decisions had been different.   For example, what would have happened if they had gotten out of the market in 2009.

  1. Where are they going? Will it be salmon or cat food in the tin?

Where will they be in 10 years?  20 years?   Illustrate graphically, various scenarios and the effects of their investment decisions.   This is completely speculative, but most clients welcome the opportunity to visualize a variety of outcomes.   The simple exercise of varying retirement age or adding 10% to savings per year, and graphing these numbers so that the client can see pictorially, the effect of their actions, will propel good things.

Obviously, none of the above questions can be answered definitively.   But illustrating the speculations above with graphs and pictorials will help the client internalize good strategies.    This will go a long way in entrenching client confidence in your value as a professional.

How do you compete with new low cost alternatives and the new advisors coming into the industry?  By providing your clients with superior professional financial guidance.

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Working with the Average Investor

The average investor lacks the time to make sense of their financial reports.  The biggest benefit of using a financial advisor is having a credible, well-educated individual to explain performance and help guide financial decisions.   Explaining financial results and guiding decision making are key roles for the advisor.

Easier said than done!  The majority of financial statements generalize important information into percentages that are not meaningful or easily understood.  Subsequently the onus is on the financial advisor to create clarity, which can become a time consuming task.

Some very successful financial advisors have turned to 3rd party software to help explain client performance.   One well reviewed software application for portfolio analysis is CRM2plus.

CRM2plus software provides clarity to financial statements.  Information is condensed into visuals that are easy to read and understand. Statements can be read into CRM2plus, analyzed and graphed at the press of a button.  Questions such as ‘what if I did this?’ can be answered easily with visuals and actual market data.   Investment Analysis Software

  “How does CRM2plus differ from what is available in the marketplace?” 

Answer:  CRM2plus provides an advisor with tangibles to demonstrate their value to their high net worth clients.

The key competitive advantages of CRM2plus software are;

  • Clients see graphically what was invested and when, against portfolio market value over time.
  • Performance of the complete portfolio can be shown on one graph. The advisor can analyze various assets and aggregate them for a complete financial picture, including external assets such as real estate investments.
  • The advisor can group clients. This is relevant when analyzing a family’s pooled assets such as husband and wife’s RRSP’s, TFSA’s, a family trust, and a business.
  • Benchmarking: Using data from major stock market indices including S&P and NASDAQ , the software can create a transactionally consistent comparison portfolio for benchmarking. Indices can be weighted, to demonstrate the effects of market movements on a client portfolio.

Why is CRM2plus software important?  Success comes from being the best and this is easier with the best tools.   CRM2plus is a competitive advantage for the Financial Advisor to retain high net worth clients.

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Time Management and the New Financial Advisor

by guest blogger Jan Hanson

Time management is one of the hardest skills to develop. Anybody can write a list, add 100 tasks and set a due date. A rare few are able to focus long enough to complete more than 5 of these tasks. It’s in human nature to be distracted. What human nature doesn’t understand is that

  • you need to send out those Happy Birthday emails,
  • talk to your Marketing Assistant,
  • confirm your schedule for the next week
  • keep up appearances in relevant community events,
  • and still have time for your friends and family. (…eating and sleeping are extras.)

Life as an Advisor is always going to require time management. Your to-do list is going to increase as you build your business, and perfect your craft. Once you’re at the top of your game you’re still going to be required to juggle all those things you had to juggle before.   Added to concerns about your revenue stream will be:

  • making time to attend to your waiting list of clients,
  • time to manage your Marketing Assistant so that they are not smothered
  • and time to bat off New Training Managers with a stick while they all try and draw you into their New Advisor Training Sessions.

Cut down on the time that you and your Marketing Assistant spend on Financial Analyses’  by using the right software.   There are tools out there, such as CRM2plus, that allow you  to answer questions, graph performance, create speculative scenarios about investing and restults.   Build pictorials that will stun your clients with the benefits that you provide them.  Spend more time building that book of business with happier more satisfied clients.

With all this success, you’re probably going to need another MA though.. it may be  a good idea to hire some of those new advisors too.. just a thought.

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Resolutions for 2017 – Finance

Investing is like dieting.   No one really wants to get on that scale and see the actual numbers.   Most people find that financial statements from  financial advisors are confusing.   If you are like I was, you will open your monthly statement and if the number is up, you are happy.   If the number is down, you are disappointed.

This process doesn’t really tell you if you are doing well or not.   How much have you invested in total?   How much have you made in total?   How does your portfolio performance compare to the TSX or other investing alternatives?   Will you be able to reach your investment and retirement goals ?

 

If you are interested in   taking charge of your financial future, we recommend trying out this new software:   CRM2plus       CRM2plus lets you track your portfolio performance.   At the press of a button, you can compare the amount that you invested to the market value of your investments.   Press another button and compare your performance with the TSX, S&P, and other indices, to understand how you are actually doing.

Using the estimator, you can extrapolate your numbers to retirement.  Envisage where you will be at retirement, what your monthly income at that time will be, and what your assets may be.

Educate yourself and put your financial freedom into your own hands with CRM2Plus.

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Tired of the using Excel to Prepare for Client Meetings?

Are you a portfolio manager and finding it challenging to create the required CRM2 reports from your legacy system?      Are you tired of using Excel to massage data?

There are tools available that allow you to show clients graphically, their portfolio performance.   There are tools that require much less of your time and provide better results.

One such software tool, CRM2plus, satisfies and goes several steps beyond recent CRM2 regulations regarding performance, allowing you to demonstrate the value of your advice.

The key competitive advantages of CRM2plus software are;

  • CRM2plus reads client’s statements and generates XIRR reports in graphical format.  Clients see graphically what was invested and when, against portfolio market value over time. XIRR and volatility are metric that are provided.
  • Performance of the complete portfolio, or any investment, can be shown on one graph. You can analyze various assets and aggregate them for a complete financial picture, including external assets such as real estate investments.
  • Merging accounts is another feature. This is relevant when analyzing a family’s pooled assets such as husband and wife’s RRSP’s, TFSA’s, a family trust, and a business.
  • Benchmarking: Using data from major stock market indices including S&P and NASDAQ , the software can create a transactionally consistent comparison portfolio for benchmarking. Indices can be weighted, to demonstrate the effects of market movements on a client portfolio.
  • Counterfactual portfolio’s or What if’s: Portfolio’s can be replicated and various “what if?” scenarios graphed against actuals to demonstrate to the client what would have happened if other decisions had been made.

Why is CRM2plus software important for you?  Success comes from a competitive advantage and CRM2plus software gives you that advantage.

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Its time to get professional advice

Its time to get professional advice  –   by guest blogger Anne Leroux

The time when retirement planning was straightly mapped out is long gone.

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To millennials, the   rules   managing our parents and grandparents spending are so farfetched they slide straight into the category of fantasy. The golden lodging rule, to only use 30% of your income for housing expenses, sounds like the stuff dreams are made of. The average among millenials is 60-70% of income on lodging.   Add children into the equation and making ends meet comfortably becomes extremely difficult.  Putting money away to save becomes a pipe dream.

Working to struggle financially is never anybody’s end goal. Take the proper steps to educate yourself on your financial situation, your goals and bridge the gap. Connecting with a financial advisor can minimize the time it takes to build your way to financial stability.

 

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CRM2 Reporting made Easy

CRM2 reporting requirements are coming.   In the UK and Australia, where similar rules were adopted, the fallout was huge in the financial services industry.  Alone, the new reporting requirements demanded more time and effort from financial advisors and created more office burden.

Once CRM2 requirements were met, the new reports raised questions in clients’ minds, resulting in even more time and reporting from FA office staff.

The Canadian financial services industry will be faced with these challenges shortly. CRM2 reporting and meeting requirements can overwhelm you.  What you need are new and better tools.

Some of the top performing FA’s in Canada are using CRM2plus portfolio analysis software.

Using the right tool for the right job has always been a hallmark of the professional.  You would not hire a roofer who came with just a hammer and a bag of nails.   If he doesn’t have a nail gun, he is not a professional.  Now that these new requirements are here, you need new and better tools.  CRM2plus portfolio analysis software was created in anticipation of CRM2 reporting challenges, to ease the burden on financial advisors.

CRM2plus portfolio analysis software assists you to:

  • Create clarity for your clients – answer questions and provide explanations
  • Easily meet CRM2plus reporting requirements and more
  • Differentiate yourself from the crowd
  • Demonstrate the value that you provide to your clients
  • But seriously, most of all, makes it easy to prepare the docs.

CRM2plus portfolio analysis software helps you demonstrate your value to clients and gives you that competitive edge.

 

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