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Socio-Political Influences On Investing

Socio-Political Influences On Investing, a new Spectrem Group whitepaper, takes a closer look at some of the outside factors influencing investment decisions, and the impact they have on decision-making.

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2018 Comprehensive Bank Trust Update

Spectrem's annual trust report reviews the growth of the trust industry, including the number of trust assets and accounts held by major financial institutions.  It reviews the growth and usage of collective investment funds as well as amount of assets managed by institutional trustees. New this year - state trust assets as reported by each state! 

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Investor Attitudes and Ownership of Insurance Products

Investor Attitudes and Ownership of Insurance Products seeks to understand the reasons behind insurance ownership as well as the reason some investors avoid insurance ownership.  It can also be used to gain a greater understanding about whom investors seek out when making the actual purchase of the policy. 

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The Financial Literacy Gap Among Millionaires

The Financial Literacy Gap Among Millionaires tests the knowledge investors have regarding various investment products. Their knowledge (or lack thereof) is then compared to their perceived knowledge level as well as the actual investments they own. They are quizzed on their understanding of mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, hedge funds, annuities and other familiar products. 

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The Influence of Knowledge and Investment Risk on Advisor Dependency

Three traits used to describe affluent investors is their knowledge of financial and investment matters, their tolerance level for risk in investment products, and their dependency upon a financial advisor for making investment decisions. Those three traits relate to each other in a balanced manner that advisors need to understand. 

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Wealthy Investor Series: Advisor Communication

Communicating with investors is a crucial part of the provider-client/advisor-client relationship.  Wealthy investors have for years expressed that communication, or lack thereof, can determine whether an investor stays with their current advisor.  How can advisors and providers ensure investors are satisfied with their communication techniques, methods and frequency?   

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Widows and Divorcees: Empowering Women in Transition

Widows and Divorcees represent a significant portion of households. Widows and Divorcees: Empowering Women in Transition is an impactful study that will give advisors and providers a clear understanding of how they can best serve these clients who are highly motivated to set financial goals, take stronger control of their finances and be more active stewards of their own financial future.  

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