Culture is pivotal because it plays a key role in determining how firms make decisions to achieve their business objectives. Culture is at the heart of competitive advantage today; this is particularly the case for investment firms where people and their judgments are the chief assets. A firm’s culture creates the context and incentive structure to support an investment process based on a longer time horizon, a collaborative team approach that can integrate diverse insights and robust risk management. Culture also underpins business decisions, including talent management, strategy and capacity management. A strong culture in investment management firms is a requirement for sustainable alpha-generation.
An ongoing debate among investment advisors and their clients centers on value: creating it, preserving it, and perpetuating it. Each faces a different challenge: Advisors are tasked with delivering worth to their clients, and clients need to understand what they can expect for the dollars they spend. Learn more about the pillars, or sources, of advisor-created value that can be quantified.
Millennials think and act differently about money and investing than their parents’ generations. In fact, they invest much like their grandparents—cautious, conservative, and over-allocating their portfolios to cash. Millennials also pose a burden for their Baby Boomer and Generation X parents, who fear their children will never find financial independence. But advisors can play a role in helping Millennials and their parents put their families’ financial futures on firmer ground. In this white paper from Nationwide, learn how changing Millennials’ beliefs and behaviors about investing can help them become more comfortable with risk and seek the returns required to find their own path to financial independence.