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Serving Medical Professionals During COVID-19 –– With Lauren Oschman



Doctors are experiencing financial uncertainty right now just like everyone else, despite their increased workload on the frontlines.

In this episode, Laura Gregg and David Partain are joined by Lauren Oschman of Vestia Personal Wealth Advisors. Lauren talks about how she is adding value to doctors on the front line of the COVID-19 crisis and helping surgeons as they are sidelined from elective surgeries.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What impact COVID-19 has on different types of medical doctors
  • Compensation issues arising for doctors
  • The stark difference between the what’s happening in the markets vs. in hospitals
  • Why over-communication with clients is critial
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how doctors are being impacted during COVID-19.

Information from our guest: Investment advisory services offered through Vestia Personal Wealth Advisors, Vestia Retirement Plan Consultants, and Vestia Advisors, LLC. Securities offered through Ausdal Financial Partners, Inc., 5187 Utica Ridge Rd, Davenport, IA. 52807  (563)3262064. Member FINRA/SIPC. Vestia Personal Wealth Advisors, Vestia Retirement Plan Consultants, Vestia Advisors, LLC and Ausdal Financial Partners, Inc. are independently owned and operated.

FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds | Contact Laura Gregg | Contact David Partain | Vestia Wealth Advisors


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A Healthcare Analyst’s Views on The Progression of Coronavirus – 15 Minute Conversation with Laura Gregg and Erick Noensie of Northern Trust



This podcast conversation was recorded on April 29 and the data and material cited were as of that time.  

Navigating this health crisis and the financial volatility that goes along with it is like drinking from a fire hose.  FlexShares is working hard to deliver a variety of resources for advisors under the banner of Stronger Every Day including 15-minute bite-size podcasts to give you some quick ideas around helping clients – and your business through this uncertain time. In this episode, Laura and David talk about the importance of proactive communication.

In this episode, Laura speaks with Erick Noensie, a Senior Healthcare Analyst from Northern Trust about the progression of Coronavirus. Erick provides interesting information: 

  • A comparison of Coronavirus to other health outbreaks in the past
  • He provides an estimated requirements and potential timelines of containment
  • His views on potential treatments and vaccines

Tune in now to learn practical ways to keep yourself top of mind for clients!  

Resources:

FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds | Contact Laura Gregg | Contact David Partain


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Special Covid-19 Series: Planning for Re-Opening Your Office –– With Kelli Cruz



With many states beginning to lift stay-at-home restrictions, you’ll want to create a plan for how and when to open your doors to employees and clients. Who should return to the office and when?  How will you create and maintain a safe office environment?

Laura Gregg and David Partain, along with Kelli Cruz, the principal and founder of Cruz Consulting Group, discuss things that advisory firms should be considering before unlocking the office door. It’s unlikely that “business as usual” will look as it did pre-COVID-19; there are myriad new variables that should be considered as you plan to reopen. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What to consider before bringing employees back into the office
  • Who should come back first and who should remain remote
  • Office space and common area considerations
  • External circumstances that may impact your employees return
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn what to consider as you plan for the re-opening of your office. 

FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds | Contact Laura Gregg | Contact David Partain | Cruz Consulting Group


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Special Covid-19 Series: Using Video To Guide Your Clients Through Uncertainty – With Laura Garfield and Fernando Ereneta



Welcome to The Flexible Advisor podcast! This is the show for financial advisors that digs into industry trends, investor preferences, and FlexShares’ proprietary advisor and investor research. 

In this episode, Laura Gregg and David Partain welcome two special guests: Idea Decanter co-founder Laura Garfield and advisor Fernando Ereneta. Together, the four discuss how advisors can best get their message out to clients during this time of self-isolation and working from home using one simple tool — video.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why advisors are being called upon to lead right now
  • A technique to create studio-quality videos remotely with an iPhone
  • How to use video to share your authentic self to clients and prospects
  • And more!

Tune in now to get some tips on working remotely, communicating quickly, and connecting with your clients!

Resources:  FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds | Contact Laura Gregg | Idea Decanter | Fernando Ereneta


Better Client Communication Through Technology



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Leveraging Technology To Improve Client Relationships – 15 Minute Conversation with Laura Gregg and David Partain

Navigating this health crisis and the financial volatility that goes along with it is like drinking from a fire hose.  FlexShares is working hard to deliver a variety of resources for advisors under the banner of Stronger Every Day including 15-minute bite-size podcasts to give you some quick ideas around helping clients – and your business through this uncertain time. In this episode, Laura and David talk about the importance of proactive communication.

In this episode, Laura and David will discuss

  • Staying connected with new digital technologies and some old favorites.
  • Using planning tools to keep the conversation going.
  • Leveraging digital marketing strategies to grow your brand..

Tune in now to learn practical ways to keep yourself top of mind for clients!  

Resources:

FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds | Contact Laura Gregg | Contact David Partain 


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Raising awareness of financial planning in diverse communities –– With Malcolm Ethridge



Over the next 20 years, the U.S. is going to look much different than it does today. In fact, we’re already seeing more women, people of color, younger people, and LGBTQ people owning a larger share of U.S. and global wealth. 

Is your advisory firm building diverse teams and clientele? 

Today, Laura Gregg and David Partain speak to Malcolm Ethridge of CIC Wealth Management about what firms can do to make their services accessible to under-served communities as well as how they can seek diverse talent. This is an honest conversation that explores opportunities that are available to every firm that says “yes” to diversity.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How Malcolm is delivering financial literacy in a new way to help give back to his community and others like it. 
  • Malcolm’s perspective on whether clients truly seek out advisors who look like them
  • What firms should focus on when trying to build a diverse team
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn practical ways to start working to capture and retain a more diverse clientele!  

Resources:  FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds | Contact Laura Gregg | Contact David Partain | Malcolm Ethridge on LinkedIn | Manage Your Damn Money with Ben & Malcolm


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Clients Don’t Want Another Email – 15 Minute Conversation with Laura Gregg and David Partain



Navigating this health crisis and the financial volatility that goes along with it is like drinking from a fire hose.  FlexShares is working hard to deliver a variety of resources for advisors under the banner of Stronger Every Day including 15-minute bite-size podcasts to give you some quick ideas around helping clients – and your business through this uncertain time. In this episode, Laura and David talk about the importance of proactive communication.

In this episode, you will learn

  • Why navigating 2008 successfully doesn’t’ give you a free pass today – your clients have changed.
  • Why now is the time to deepen relationships by giving email a break
  • The importance of leading with personal wellbeing and then offering to educate and stress test plans

Tune in now to learn practical ways to keep yourself top of mind for clients!  

Resources:

FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds | Contact Laura Gregg | Contact David Partain | Related Blog Post


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Special Covid-19 Series: Now Is the Time to Spend Marketing Dollars –– With Malcolm Ethridge



With markets in disarray, many investors are looking for help from financial advisors. While it may seem counterintuitive, now is the time to boost – rather than cut – your marketing spend and optimize your visibility online. 

In this episode, Laura Gregg and David Partain are joined by Malcolm Ethridge, a financial advisor and executive vice president of CIC Wealth Management. Malcolm explains why is ramping up his marketing activities and how they are different than what he was doing earlier in the year. He also talks about how he is getting referrals during the COVID-19 pandemic without asking for them..

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Which digital marketing strategies have been effective for Malcolm 
  • The importance of working with your compliance officer to be as nimble as possible
  • A different approach to attracting referrals
  • Why LinkedIn is such an important platform for advisors today 
  • And more!

Tune in now for ideas on how to shift your marketing and ramp it up during this time when people are increasingly looking for your expertise.

FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds | Contact Laura Gregg | Contact David Partain | Malcolm Ethridge on LinkedIn | Manage Your Damn Money with Ben & Malcolm


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Special Covid-19 Series: An Advisor’s Guide to the CARES Act –– With Susan Czochara and Lee Freitag



The recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is a stimulus package that offers Americans a bridge to short-term financial survival. 

In this episode, Laura Gregg and David Partain are joined by Susan Czochara and Lee Freitag from Northern Trust Asset Management to walk you through the CARES Act. They discuss the provisions that are aimed at providing relief for retirement investors’ short-term funding needs, plus the options that are available to individuals, families, and small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What the CARES Act is
  • How the CARES Act might affect IRA contributions and distributions
  • About the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses
  • How advisors can help investors balance the need to support short-term funding needs versus remaining focused on long-term investment goals
  • And more!

Tune in now for insights on the CARE Act.

Resources:

FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds | Contact Laura Gregg | Contact David Partain


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Special Covid-19 Series: Ways for Advisors to Manage and Inspire Newly Remote Teams –– With Kelli Cruz



Could you use some tried-and-true advice to help your team adapt to remote work?

In this episode, Laura Gregg is joined by Kelli Cruz of Cruz Consulting Group. They discuss how to engage, manage, and inspire your team while working remotely and how to set up your advisory practice for growth that can continue outside of the COVID-19 crisis.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why some firms have had a smooth transition to remote work
  • Ideas for implementing a digital open-door policy for your team
  • Tips for keeping the social aspect of your workplace alive
  • Why some advisors are using this time to address their firm’s capacity issues
  • And more!

Tune in now to learn how to serve your newly remote employees and nurture a positive work culture.

Resources:  FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds | Contact Laura Gregg | Contact David Partain
| Cruz Consulting Group | Kelli Cruz on LinkedIn