Effective client reviews
Conducting effective client reviews is especially important during periods of market uncertainty.
Let this be your roadmap.
Additional resources for your conversations with clients:
The 3 P's of effective reviews
There are three key ingredients to effective client reviews: Perspective, Process and Poise.
Help clients gain perspective on world news, market headlines, and the value of working with an advisor.
Read transcript of audio recording.
Walk your client through your client-centered wealth management process, their plan and portfolios.
Be intentional about the words you use, and remember to authentically ask, listen and empathize throughout your meeting.
Preparing for the review
Any good review—especially during volatile markets—requires advance preparation. Gather and reflect on the following to help your review go smoothly.
- Managing through market volatility
- Russell Investments Blog
- Client-ready resources:
- Economic and Market Review (PDF)
- Economic Indicators Dashboard
- Market Week in Review
The value of your relationship
- Value of an advisor
- Value of an advisor blog posts:
- Podcast resources:
Articulate your process
Prepare your talk track
- Review the key tenets of excellent client discovery
- Listen to sample talk track to walk a client through the roller coaster of emotions and identify where they currently plot on the cycle
Challenging Conversations Guide
Implementing a defined framework for discovery into your wealth management process provides a distinct opportunity to build deeper relationships with your clients. Be sure to review clients’ goals, circumstances and preferences, and financial plan at each meeting.
Talk to Russell Investments about our unique discovery process
Review portfolios and alignment with client's plan. Reflect on what's working and what isn't. Do you need to consider any changes?
- Interactive tools
- Be prepared to protect the plan
Also: Please contact your dedicated Regional Team for a copy of the Client Engagement Roadmap Guide.
Review our best practices
Review 8 key reminders on client communication best practices
Determine meeting format
Consider whether the meeting will take place virtually or in person. If virtual, have a team member reach out to the client the day before the meeting to offer a technology dry-run.
Review our best practices on how to use technology effectively
Prepare an agenda
Send the agenda
Send the agenda to your client at least 3 business days before the meeting. Include written instructions on how the client can access the virtual meeting technology
Conducting the review
You’re prepared! Be confident and remember to authentically ask, listen and empathize throughout the meeting.
Take time for personal conversation and adopt friendly client language.
Review the agenda
Walk the client through the meeting agenda. Make adjustments based on client's feedback and emotional state.
- Perspective. Share your perspective on the current world events, market developments and the value of a relationship with a trusted advisor like you.
- Priorities. Walk your client through a re-discovery process.
- Process. Review the client's plan, tying it to their priorities and the re-discovery discussion you just had. Articulate and review product alignment and recommendation: Stay the course or make changes.
Articulate next steps
Schedule the next meeting. For top clients, consider introducing a Client Engagement Roadmap. (Please contact your dedicated Regional team for access to the Client Engagement Roadmap Guide.)
Make yourself available
Offer to talk to your client's concerned family members and friends.
After the review
You have finished the actual review meeting—but there are some important follow-up items to complete to ensure a good experience.
Follow up email
Within 48 hours, send a follow-up email summarizing next action steps. Consider also including:
- Link to latest Investor Newsletter
- Links to client-approved market perspective podcasts and videos
- For top clients, consider also creating a custom Engagement Roadmap to help the client visualize the trajectory of their relationship with you and execution of their priorities (Please contact your dedicated Regional team for access to the Client Engagement Roadmap Guide)
Implement the next steps
Keep client informed as next steps are completed
Quarterly review materials
Use these documents to complement your quarter-end conversations with clients
Other client-ready materials
Insights from Russell Investments' experts
Economic and market commentary that provides context and perspective
Global Market Outlook
Each quarter our investment teams summarize their economic outlook for you to read and share.
Market Week In Review
Each week our investment professionals produce a concise look back at important market drivers and events of the past week
Economic Indicators Dashboard
We've identified key economic and market indicators to assess the current economic health and trends.
Advisors, ready to take the next step? We're here to help.
Read up-to-date insights on how to optimize, evolve and revolutionize your practice.
Ready to serve
Meet your dedicated Russell Investments team members.
Register for MyAccess
MyAccess is a secure web environment for advisors. Access portfolio building tools and personalized content.
Request a meeting
We'd be honored to work with you. Let us know how you want to meet and we'll be happy to connect with you.