A study of executives’ behaviors and preferences reveals how they make important wealth decisions.
Executives face unique wealth planning challenges and opportunities at each stage of their careers. From building a team of advisors and navigating company stock concentration to preparing for retirement, successful wealth management for executives requires comprehensive planning and continuous decision-making.
To understand how executives differ from other wealth owners when it comes to getting the right advice and information they need to make important financial decisions, Northern Trust surveyed 797 high net worth clients and prospects, then focused on the responses of those who self-identified as executives.
Knowledge Breeds Confidence
Executives are confident in their financial knowledge, more so than the broader population of $10M+ investors. Our research suggests that corporate executives feel well-educated when it comes to retirement planning and understanding the markets and the economy.
How corporate executives’ knowledge compares to other $10m+ investors
Executives Study the Markets, Tax Planning and Wealth Transfer
Executives are comfortable doing their own research as it relates to their personal wealth. They regularly study economic and market developments and tax planning strategies.
Corporate executives have a strong interest in economic and market commentary, and becoming more knowledgeable about tax planning and effectively transferring wealth to family and charity.
Information corporate executives are looking for
Executives Rely on Advisors to Validate Next Steps
After reading financial news and insights, 65% of respondents called their advisor with questions and nearly half scheduled a meeting with their advisor. This suggests that corporate executives seek counsel on how new information and current events apply to them and what actions they should take given their own unique situations.
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Executives Seek a Quarterback for Their Team of Advisors
Over 85% of the executives we surveyed say they rely on their advisor to build a team of trusted professionals. They also use their advisor to evaluate their estate plans, keep their financial plans aligned with their goals, receive guidance on tax strategies and help provide financial education to their families.
Current and past service usage with a provider
Advisors Must Continually Earn Executives’ Trust
Corporate executives continuously review their managers, and that extends to their advisors as well. Ongoing performance, not the longevity of a relationship, determines whether they will eventually become lifetime clients.
Once I have a trusted relationship with my advisor, I will work with them for life
Find the Right Advice
The Northern Trust Institute is dedicated to helping executives achieve more with their wealth through tailored strategies backed by research and innovation. With a deep pool of experts who specialize in working with executives, we can help you navigate across all aspects of your plan, from managing complex compensation to preparing your family to manage wealth. To learn more, request a meeting.