Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab say that in the past, the client/advisor relationship was about understanding clients’ life stages, whether that was buying a first home, expanding the family, or finding the right retirement plan. But as Generation X and Generation Y emerge as a demographic force in the area of financial advice, the needs and expectations of a marketplace with four generations have become more complex.
Older clients might prefer a more personal, face-to-face collaboration, while younger clients like to communicate electronically. Older generations might prefer formal conference room meetings where a high volume of information is exchanged, while younger clients can accomplish just as much, in smaller chunks, over a period a time. Their meetings are less formal and shorter with a focus on collaboration. So while Baby Boomers may be open to breakfast meetings before work, younger generations prefer the “bytes, not breakfast” approach, MIT AgeLab director Joseph Coughlin says.
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Madison Ryder is a writer for Transamerica’s New Age of Advice.
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