3 questions that make creating a retirement investment strategy easier

Posted on May 21, 2018

Crafting a retirement investment strategy can be a daunting task for many people, even when they have a great financial advisor. The best way to help your clients get started is to remind them to slow down and answer three questions.

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Posted in FinancialPlannng, portfolio risk, Industry Advice, Retirement, Risk, Retirement Age

WealthManagement.com: Explain Risk To Clients Now

Covisum President Joe Elsasser, CFP® recently contributed an article to WealthManagement.com, "Explain Risk To Clients Now," discussing how clients often have unrealistic downside expectations and some of the possible investment mistakes that can be made without properly analyzing their portfolio. He answers questions about effectively estimating a client's risk, what clients need to know about risk, how much a portfolio could lose in a particular period, diversification, and historical

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Posted in In The News, Joe Elsasser, WealthManagement.com, Risk Tolerance, Downside Risk, portfolio risk, Risk

ThinkAdvisor hears from the advisor and the quant: Using a Market Correction to Build Client Trust

In an ongoing series exclusive to ThinkAdvisor, Joe Elsasser, CFP® and Ron Piccinini, PhD provide readers with two distinct perspectives on the same topic – one from an academic, the other from a practicing financial advisor. The most recent installment was published today, "The Advisor and the Quant: Using a Market Correction to Build Client Trust." In this edition, we asked both Joe and Ron to discuss how to help clients deal with market volatility.

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Posted in In The News, ThinkAdvisor, The Advisor & The Quant, Joe Elsasser, Ron Piccinini, PhD, Market Volatility, Risk

ThinkAdvisor asks the advisor and the quant: What are ‘fat tails’ and why do they matter?

Joe Elsasser, CFP® and Ron Piccinini, PhD were recently featured in a ThinkAdvisor article, "The Advisor and the Quant: What are 'fat tails' and why do they matter?"

We asked both Joe and Ron to answer this question: What are 'fat tails' and why do they matter?

In an ongoing series exclusive to ThinkAdvisor, Joe and Ron will continue to provide readers with two distinct perspectives on the same topic – one from an academic, the other from a practicing financial advisor. 

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Posted in In The News, ThinkAdvisor, The Advisor & The Quant, Joe Elsasser, Ron Piccinini, PhD, Market Volatility, Risk

Setting proper downside risk expectations during market volatility 

This just in from FinancialPlanning:

The Dow finished the day down by 1,032.95 points, or 4.15% at 23,849.23 — down 2,767 points, or 10.4%. A drop of 10% from its high of 26,616 on Jan. 26 is considered a correction. The S&P 500 tumbled 2.96%, erasing its gains for the year. Ten-year Treasury yields flirted with four-year highs. 

And on Wednesday, Suleman Din wrote an article for FinancialPlanning titled, "Can another digital demand crush be avoided?" Some of the industry's most well-known

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Posted in FinancialPlannng, In The News, Joe Elsasser, SmartRisk, portfolio risk, Risk, Market Volatility, Downside Risk

ThinkAdvisor features The Advisor and the Quant 

How should advisors prep for a crash?

Joe Elsasser, CFP® and Ron Piccinini, PhD were recently featured in a ThinkAdvisor article, "The Advisor and the Quant: How Should Advisors Prep for a Crash?"

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Posted in In The News, ThinkAdvisor, The Advisor & The Quant, Joe Elsasser, Ron Piccinini, PhD, Market Volatility, Risk

5 Things To Start, Stop, And Keep Doing With Your Financial Practice In 2018

The New Year traditionally brings resolutions, some of which actually will be kept. Financial advisors should go beyond promising to lose weight and work out more to think about ways to build their business. Here are some suggestions:

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Posted in Marketing Strategies, Marketing, Downside Risk, Risk, Retirement Planning, Financial Planning, Social Security Benefits

Find out how your practice would fare in the next down market

By, Ron Piccinini, PhD, Director of Product Development

From a risk manager’s perspective, a bank is a derivative on interest rates. Similarly, RIA practices can be viewed as a derivative on stock and bond markets. Here’s a quick way to estimate the sensitivity of your practice to markets.

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Posted in Risk, SmartRisk, Ron Piccinini, PhD, RIA, Market Volatility

Investors Chronicle article features Ron Piccinini, PhD

Investors Chronicle published an article, "Does fortune favour the bold?" by  on July 27, 2017.

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Posted in SmartRisk, Downside Risk, Risk, portfolio risk, Investors Chronicle

WATCH: Don't Be Fooled Into Believing a Portfolio is Diversified

SmartRisk was created for one overarching reason: risk software on the market is based on outdated math, and that math dramatically underestimates risk. Advisors should care about explaining risk to clients because helping them avoid the classic pitfalls that can destroy retirements builds a stronger, more trusting relationship. SmartRisk's massive computing power and sophisticated models properly measure portfolio risk. Join Joe Elsasser, CFP®, President of Covisum and see how SmartRisk can

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