Risk Tolerance Grows Again
Planner confidence gaining, assets shift further into equities from cash
RETIREMENT ADVISOR CONFIDENCE INDEX
Financial Planning’s Retirement Advisor Confidence Index rose for the second straight month in October, indicating continued optimism among the planning
The October index — a monthly barometer of business conditions for wealth
managers — registered 52.6%, after readings of 51.6% in September and 48.6% in
August, according to a survey of planning
professionals. Advisors reported a continued rise in risk tolerance, again shifting client assets into equity-based funds, while
decreasing the amount held in cash.
“When the market ticks up, as it has
for most of the year, clients tend to be
more optimistic about the future and are
willing to place more in equities,” one
advisor noted. Another highlighted con-
cerns about tax rate changes: “I expect
[retirement] contributions to increase to
take advantage of an expected increase in
market levels and to shield income from
expected higher federal income taxes.”
The index reflected a two-month
decline in assets held in cash — from about
50% for August to 41.7% for October — as
well as another gain in risk tolerance.
RACI is comprised of 12 factors —
including asset allocations, investment
product recommendations, client recruitment and retention, economic and risk factors, taxes and plan fees — to track trends in
wealth management business cycles.
ConfidenCe index (+ 1)
Indicators represent both
positive and negative factors.
For a contrary indicator, such
as a higher allocation to cash,
a reading of more than 50 is
negative, while a reading of
less than 50 is positive. Four
of the 12 RACI factors are
(+ 2. 1)
CLIENT ASSETS USED TO BUY
EQUITY-BASED SECURITIES (+ 5. 2)
ALLOCATED TO CASh
(+ 2. 5)
The RACI, published in partnership with ADP, is based on a monthly
survey of more than 300 advisors. For the RACI methodology
statement and more results, visit financial-planning.com.
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November 2012 Financial Planning 19