New research published in August 2016 highlights the value of financial advice. It analyzes survey responses from more than 1,500 Canadian households, some with and some without advisors.
The study can be found here: The Study
An article highlighting the finding published by advisor.ca can be found here: The Article
The study’s key findings:
Households with an advisor for 15 years or more accumulated 290% more assets – almost four times as much – than equivalent non-advised households
Clients who dropped their advisor between 2010 and 2014 lost a significant percentage of their asset values (34.2%), while clients who kept their advisors saw asset values grow (by 26%)
The study attributes the results to what it calls “The Gamma-factor Effect” – advisors impose discipline on households’ financial behavior, and those households have higher savings rates.
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