The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) released a survey on Tuesday which found that since the economic meltdown, middle-income clients of advisors have become more interested in products with risk-protection components.
The survey, which polled 914 NAIFA members, found these products to be particularly of interest among investors nearing retirement age. More than eight of 10 advisors surveyed said clients in this group are seeking products that will protect their investment principal in the event of a down market.
The survey also found that seven out of 10 NAIFA members believe a regulation holding registered representatives to a fiduciary standard “would not result in those advisors doing a better job for their clients.”
According to the survey, 84% say clients nearing retirement age are more interested in products with risk-protection components, while 57% say clients under the age of 40 are more interested in those types of products. When asked if the financial crisis has affected the types of products and services their clients are looking for, just 7% said the crisis has had no impact on the investment choices of clients nearing retirement age, while 28% said it has not affected the choices of clients under age 40, NAIFA’s survey found.