Why Wellness? A Deeper Dialogue into the Eye-Opening Results of Our Advisor Survey – FlexShares – 4.19.18


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In December 2017, FlexShares ETFs engaged third-party research firm Riedel Strategy to conduct a national study of occupational wellness among financial advisors, to better understand the advisor experience and help advisors live better, more productive and satisfied lives. Nearly 700 people completed and returned the survey – giving us insight into the health and wellness of advisors from a range of firms across the United States. What we found, coming in the midst of a long-running period of market stability, might seem counterintuitive: Advisors are under a lot of stress. Conversely, they also are very satisfied with their occupational choice.

Key points of discussion:

  • Advisors are stressed. The advisors in our study reported an average stress level that was 25% higher than national norms. Despite this, more than 70% are satisfied with their occupational choice.
  • Two factors – compliance and growth – keep advisors up at night. They were cited by more than half of advisors as the primary source of concern.
  • With experience comes peace of mind. Only 32% of advisors with 20 years or more experience reported feeling work-related stress, compared to 41% of those with less than three years of experience.
  • Not all stress management strategies are equal. Advisors who use work-related stress relief strategies experience less stress than those who use non-work-related stress relief strategies.

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Barnaby Riedel, Ph.D.
Chief Research Strategist and Co-Founder
Riedel Strategy

Barnaby has over 14 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative social science research. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago where he also served as the Earl S. Johnson Instructor in the Division of the Social Sciences. Barnaby has completed his Series 6 training with FTC and is principally interested in leveraging social science methodologies and theoretical perspectives within the financial sector. Some of the clients he has conducted research and strategy for include United Capital, Advisor Group, Cetera Financial Group, HighTower Advisors, Northern Trust, First Eagle Investment Management, Janus Capital Group, Invesco Powershares, Aston Asset Management.

David Partain
Head of Marketing
FlexShares Exchanged Traded Funds

David is the head of Marketing for FlexShares — the Northern Trust Exchanged Traded Funds Group, with responsibility for all marketing programs and brand management.

David has over 20 years of industry experience. Prior to joining the Exchange Traded Funds Group in February 2015, he served as the Investment Marketing Manager for Northern Trust’s Wealth Management division. Before joining Northern Trust, he held numerous marketing positions including at Van Kampen Funds and First Trust Portfolios. He has worked in a sales or marketing leadership capacity in several industries including television, consulting and oil & gas. David started in the industry as a fixed income portfolio trader.

In 2014, David was recognized with the Twenty Rising Stars in Financial Marketing by the Gramercy Institute for outstanding achievement within the industry.

David is a graduate of Wheaton College (B.A. in Communications & Public Relations), the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Securities Industry Institute Program, and Liberty University (M.A. in Leadership & Management). He has also held a FINRA Series 7, 63 & 66 Licenses.

David is an avid soccer fan and his tweets often reflect the glory of Manchester United.


Title: Why Wellness? A Deeper Dialogue into the Eye-Opening Results of Our Advisor Survey
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour

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