Psychology has infiltrated the field of financial advice and does not appear to be stopping its influence any time soon. This makes sense. With the popularity of outsourcing money management on the rise, many financial advisors are finding that their most valuable offering is the management of client behavior.
Every advisor seems to have his or her own story that underscores this point. The client temptations always vary — reaching into a 401(k) too soon, taking on unnecessary debt, dipping into savings, etc., but the image that advisors create is always the same: taking off their businessperson hat and playing the role of a psychologist.