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LINE OF INQUIRY: AMIR SUFI ON HOW INCOME INEQUALITY IS HOLDING BACK THE U.S. ECONOMY  

From Chicago Booth Review

IWI Executive Education Partner

More than an issue of fairness, income inequality makes the economy work less well for everyone.

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PUBLIC CONCERN ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS AGAINST MINORITY FINANCIAL ADVISORS     

Research of Interest

Researchers examine in this study the relation between public concern about immigration and customer complaints against minority financial advisors in the United States.

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Articles and White Papers

THE FUTURE OF WEALTH MANAGEMENT    

From the Investments & Wealth Monitor

Wealth advisors will need to anticipate changes and adapt their practices to respond to the every-changing wealth management landscape and meet clients’ goals.

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KEEPING COMMUNITY IN THE INVESTMENT EQUATION  

From Yale Insights, the Yale School of Management

IWI Executive Education Partner

In this series, leaders tell stories about drawing on their core values in critical moments. For Lofton Holder ’90, grounding investing acumen in a connection to community builds trust and delivers returns.

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CAPITALISN’T: THE SMOKE AND MIRRORS OF ESG INVESTING   

From Chicago Booth Review

IWI Executive Education Partner

Environmental, social, and governance investing, also known as ESG, has exploded in recent years. It promises to help us solve problems such as climate change and inequality, all while allowing investors to still turn a profit. But BlackRock’s former global chief investment officer for sustainable investing, Tariq Fancy, says it isn’t what’s being advertised. Recently, he penned a blog post claiming that not only are ESGs not making societal problems better, they may actively be making them worse.

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LEADERSHIP PROFILE: ELIZABETH 'LIBET' ANDERSON, CIMA®   

From the Investments & Wealth Monitor

Elizabeth “Libet” Anderson is president of Concourse Financial Group Securities (formerly known as ProEquities), an independent broker–dealer/registered investment advisor. She spoke with the Investments & Wealth Monitor about her early career aspirations, role models, and challenges in navigating the financial service industry.

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BELONGING, INFLUENCE, AND PROSPERITY: INVESTING IN ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES 

From Knowledge@Wharton

IWI Executive Education Partner

Wharton’s Katherine Klein talks to Sonal Shah, founder of The Asian American Foundation, a new advocacy group that wants to increase visibility, support, and understanding for the third-largest demographic in the U.S.

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DIVERSE VIEWPOINTS: EXPLORING WEALTH IN THE BLACK/AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY

From Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

A new study reveals how common experiences have shaped the Black/African American community’s financial goals, concerns and, aspirations.

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HOW YOU CAN INVEST IN RACIAL JUSTICE  

From Yale Insights, the Yale School of Management

IWI Executive Education Partner

A history of discrimination and inequality has led to dramatic gaps in wealth, investment, and income between white communities and minority communities. Yale SOM’s Teresa Chahine and a panel of experts discussed how businesses, financial firms, and regular investors can make choices that empower local businesses and increase opportunity.

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DIVERSE VIEWPOINTS: EXPLORING WEALTH IN THE HISPANIC/LATINO COMMUNITY

From Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

A new study reveals the concerns and aspirations of affluent Hispanics/Latinos in the United States today.

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BLACK WOMEN LEADERS: NAVIGATING THE INTERSECTION OF GENDER AND RACE  

From Knowledge@Wharton

IWI Executive Education Partner

Wharton’s Stephanie Creary talks to scholars Ella Bell Smith and Stella Nkomo about the re-issue of their seminal book that examines the vastly different experiences of Black and white women in corporate America.

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DIVERSE VIEWPOINTS: EXPLORING WEALTH IN THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY 

From Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

A new study reveals how common experiences—and challenges—have defined the goals and concerns of LGBTQ+ individuals.

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WHY INCLUSION STARTS IN THE C-SUITE 

From Knowledge@Wharton

IWI Executive Education Partner

Wharton’s Stephanie Creary speaks with global diversity expert Gwen Houston about why senior executives must lead inclusion efforts.

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BUILDING A DIVERSE PRACTICE: THE VALUE OF CFP® CERTIFICATION TO FEMALE ADVISORS 

From CFP Board

At a moment in the wealth management industry where winning over women clients has never been more important, female advisors play a crucial role in driving the industry’s shift toward more holistic financial planning services according to a new study from Aite Group that was commissioned by CFP Board.

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Institute Announcements

  • The Institute and Association of Professional Fund Investors Form Strategic Alliance

    CIMA® Certification recognized as global standard for fund allocators. Two associations for investment practitioners who are committed to competent and ethical practice of investment management analysis and fund allocation have formed a multi-year strategic alliance to raise the bar of professionalism ...
  • BeFi Barometer 2021: Advisors Witness Increase in Behavioral Biases Among Clients Amidst Pandemic

    In a year characterized by ongoing uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened retail investor interest in the markets, financial advisors reported a surge in behavioral biases among clients, according to the BeFi Barometer 2021. This is the third year of the survey commissioned by Schwab Asset ...
  • Industry Leaders Assemble Together to Educate Advisors on the Benefits of Behavioral Finance

    For the third year in a row the Institute is proud to celebrate Behavioral Finance (BeFi) Week, October 4-10, 2021. In a time of unprecedented social and economic uncertainty, more financial advisors are using behavioral finance techniques to help clients stay focused on their long-term goals. The ...


Online Education and Podcasts

RETHINK HOW TO SERVE EXECUTIVES

On-Demand Recording

In 2019, FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds, managed by Northern Trust, commissioned a study to learn about gender nuances in the money perspectives of high-net-worth executives who are the primary breadwinners of their households – individuals who contributed at least half of their household's annual income. The results may surprise you.

1 Hour of CE Credit.

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ACTIVATING PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITIES TO NARROW THE EQUITY GAP CAUSED BY COVID-19

On-Demand Recording

All the research points toward the much-widened gap for women and minority groups in 2021 that is a direct outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are fewer women and minority groups in the workplace and the pay equity has now broadened beyond our pre-COVID efforts, but what can we do about that?

1 Hour of CE Credit.

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LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION IN THE WORLD OF FINANCIAL ADVICE W/ CRAIG YOUNG

Exceptional Advisor Podcast: Leadership Exchange Series

Host Sean R. Walters, CAE®, Chief Executive Officer, Investments & Wealth Institute, interviews Craig Young, Managing Director, National Business Development Executive at Merrill Lynch, on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the world of financial advice.

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GENDER DIVERSITY IN INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

On-Demand Recording

A growing body of research shows that increasing the number of women in investing can boost returns, reduce volatility, and create jobs from Wall Street to Main Street. This presentation will focus on providing key facts about how gender diversity can positively impact your bottom line by harnessing cognitive and behavioral alpha generation, while also providing practical solutions to recruiting and retaining female employees.

1 Hour of CE Credit.

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WOMEN IN WEALTH: EMPOWERING WOMEN TO OWN THEIR FINANCIAL FUTURES

On-Demand Recording

As an advisor, you can help empower and educate your female clients in the best ways to fulfill their financial potential. While traditional investing programs have ignored the unique experiences of women that impact their financial lives, modern plans acknowledge the unique circumstances that impact women more than men. Whether you are just starting your career, redefining wealth, planning philanthropic giving, or helping your clients retire, there are steps to help your clients become more confident and empowered when dealing with finance.

1 Hour of CE Credit.

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SERVING THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF LGBTQ CLIENTS (REMASTERED)

Exceptional Advisor Podcast

Frederick Hertz, JD, attorney and mediator at the law and mediation offices of Frederick Hertz, talks about how advisors can meet the unique needs of LGBTQ clients.

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BUILDING TRUST WITHIN DIVERSE TEAMS

On-Demand Recording

Today’s organizations face a challenging and dynamic competitive landscape. The ability to attract, engage, and retain employees is crucial to an organization’s success. Recognizing the underlying individual differences, strengths, and perspectives of team members can help build teams that can overcome barriers to ensure performance and greater client retention. Tune into this session to learn some best practices for building trusting relationships with clients within your team.

1 Hour of CE Credit.

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LONG-TERM IMPLICATIONS OF COVID-19: WOMEN IN WEALTH PERSPECTIVES

On-Demand Recording

The long-term effects of COVID-19 on the advice industry are both wide-reaching and profound. Learn how industry leaders are developing new strategies to add significant value in the face of these challenges.

3 Hours of CE Credit.

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RELATE AND CONNECT TO YOUR CLIENTS

Exceptional Advisor Podcast

Michael Falk, CFA®, CRC, partner at Focus Consulting Group, discusses creating and maintaining client connections virtually. The work hasn't changed, Falk explains, the connection point has.

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