Enjoy the current installment of “weekend reading for financial planners” – this week’s edition kicks off with the big news that the FPA has released the second iteration of its OneFPA Network initiative, which backs off the key controversial requirement for chapters to be dissolved and “nationalized”… but still doesn’t seem to effectively answer the question of why such a big organization-changing initiative is so necessary, instead of simply focusing on the key items from a better membership database to more engaging strategic committees that FPA members and chapter leaders have been asking for in the first place. Also in the news this week was the announcement that New Jersey is now the latest to put forth a state-level fiduciary requirement out of concern that the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest isn’t stringent enough… and the proposed state fiduciary rule is being driven directly by the state’s regulators (not their legislators), which suggests a much greater likelihood that the rule will actually come to pass.
From there, we have a number of practice management articles, including a major new white paper from the CFP Board’s Center for Financial Planning to articulate a standardized career path that advisory firms can use for their next-generation advisors, why managing “human capital” is becoming so much more important in the age of fee-based firms (with the recurring revenue that both supports and then necessitates a growing staff infrastructure), and a look at whether financial planning programs today are doing enough to prepare students for the realities of what it takes to be a successful financial planner (and how far they’ve already come in just a few short decades).
We also have several articles on retirement planning, from a fascinating research study on how retirees tend to be happiest when they spend their time on “active” activities rather than “passive” ones (but how as we age, reduced mobility tends to shift our time from the happiness-inducing active activities to the less-happy passive ones), tips to better maintaining friends and social relationships as clients get older in retirement, and tips to consider as retirees face four major transitions when they age (health care, financial decision-making ability, living/lifestyle, and transportation).
We wrap up with three interesting articles, all around being more “unplugged” and engaging in more “digital minimalism”: the first is a look at one financial advisor who went to Australia for an extended work trip, found internet access was more limited, and ended out positively reshaping his digital habits in the process; the second looks at one company that pays its employees an extra bonus of up to $750 on their vacations for not checking email or Slack while they’re gone (both to encourage them to really unplug and recharge, and also because it better forces teams to learn how to delegate to and reinforce each other when someone is out); and the last is a look at how to more actively engage in “digital minimalism” itself, which isn’t just about unplugging and eliminating the smartphone and internet from your life, but instead just being more deliberate about which parts of your digital life you do want to remain engaged in (and then consciously eliminating the rest that doesn’t really matter after all).
Enjoy the “light” reading!