Six in 10 RIAs and fee-based financial advisors in a new survey maintain that investors today are better prepared to withstand a future market downturn, in part because of a shift in their mindset in the decade since the financial crisis, Nationwide Advisory Solutions reported Tuesday.
Seventy-four percent of RIAs and fee-based advisors in the poll said investors were likelier to work with a financial advisor today that they were before the crisis. They were also more likely to adhere to an advisor’s guidance and be more open about their financial situation and willing to create and stick to a financial plan.
Sixty percent of advisors reported that investors were also likelier to ask about advice that is in their best interest or aligned with a fiduciary standard.
“Even a decade after the 2008 financial crisis, the most significant market downturn since the Great Depression has had a lasting impact on investors’ concerns about minimizing risk and protecting their assets, as well as their desire for guaranteed income in retirement,” Craig Hawley, head of Nationwide Advisory Solutions, said in a statement.
Advisors in the survey characterized current investors’ concerns and priorities as follows:
- More concerned about a future downturn: 84%
- More concerned about market volatility: 79%
- More risk averse: 67%
- Likelier to focus on product costs: 56%
- Likelier to ask about how advisors are compensated for their advice: 51%
The poll was conducted online within the U.S. in August among 372 RIAs and fee-based financial advisors drawn from Nationwide Advisory Solutions’ internal database of financial advisor partners.
Seventy-nine percent of RIAs and fee-based advisors reported that they had increased their proactive communication with clients about market conditions, and 60% said they had become more proactive about communicating their compensation model.