Why Avoid Personality “Type” Tests

A class of personality tests, known generically as “type indicators,” places clients into one of several categories based on responses to a series of questions and then provides broad descriptions of the category. Some examples of “type indicators” include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the very popular Enneagram.  Type tests are so much fun! It’s fun to see which category you (or your clients) fall into, what other movie stars or sports figures align …
Personality tests help individuals understand how their unique behavioral traits and tendencies relate to their saving, spending, and investing patterns. General personality factors, like those included in the so-called “Big Five” personality traits, impact money-related outcomes like income and net worth. So while we’re helping clients understand their unique traits with individual reports and insights, this same data can help firms predict what clients might do in the future. We can also predict which …
April 27th from 1-4 pm Eastern Cost: $149 per person [Pending approval for 2 CFP Board CE credits for attendees] Join Maggie Klokkenga, CFP®, CPA, AFC® candidate, Ed Coambs MBA, MA, MS, CFP®, CFT-I™, LMFT, and Sarah Fallaw, Ph.D. for a hands-on workshop to help you apply the psychology of financial planning to your practice. You’ll learn how to use a structured process for exploring money beliefs, and best practices for being flexible in …
Bob Veres, the renowned author and publisher of Inside Information, recently reviewed each test from DataPoints. Here are a few of the highlights from his review: Read what this titan of the financial planning community had to say about the behavioral assessment library from DataPoints. Download the review of DataPoints here. …
With the year almost in the rearview mirror, I wanted to share with you what you can expect from DataPoints in the new year. Our team is focused on providing our advisor clients tools to uncover client money mindset, personalize advice and guidance, and apply the psychology of financial planning. Focus: Identifying Client Money Mindset If you’re a small business owner like us, you know it is tempting to be all things to everyone. …

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