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Russell launches LifePoints CONNECT for investment advisors

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Russell Investments has launched a new client engagement platform for investment advisors – LifePoints CONNECT – that enables individual advisors to engage particular clients in a meaningful and scalable way with profiling tools, investment and savings plans, access to globally diversified portfolios as well as quarterly economic and portfolio reviews.

“Our experience and research shows advisors face a significant challenge when helping all of their clients save, invest and ultimately emerge with a portfolio designed to meet their investment goals. Most lack the tools to provide broad advice as well as deliver service in an efficient manner. At the same time, for some advisors some of their existing clients represent an untapped opportunity – and oftentimes a hurdle – for an advisor to build the business,” says Kevin Bishopp, director, practice management, at Russell. “With LifePoints CONNECT, advisors can work with their emerging clients more effectively; while managing their overall book of business more efficiently.”

LifePoints CONNECT is initially available to selected Russell advisor clients, including some 130 financial advisors with Raymond James Financial Institutions Division. It is a web-based tool that automates the client and investment management process from planning through to implementation and reporting, and facilitates regular interaction between the advisor and the client.

Specifically, with LifePoints CONNECT, advisors can: engage clients and prospects efficiently and easily with personalised communications; streamline the client assessment and investment recommendation process with integrated profiling and proposal tools; implement a robust solution to diversify and manage clients’ assets, including an investment plan and turnkey access to Russell’s LifePoints Funds, Target Portfolio Series, providing globally diversified, asset-allocated portfolio solutions; and deliver scalable, ongoing service that can be delivered according to a client’s needs, including a combination of fund information, quarterly reviews and investor newsletters, and additional information such as investor events that clients can participate in to help them stay engaged. In addition advisers can manage clients through the LifePoints CONNECT dashboard, where the advisor can see clients at-a-glance and review the status of clients for each stage of the LifePoints CONNECT process.

One of the first advisors to access the new platform was Jon Jacobson, a Raymond James financial advisor in Osceola, Wisconsin, who says: “The thought and research behind LifePoints CONNECT is spot on in terms of where I am in my business. I need to connect with more clients at all levels more so now than ever, and this platform provides me with the ability to focus on particular clients while still serving other clients with some cutting-edge interaction that serves them very well too. It’s not about making choices between clients, now I feel I can grow my business from top to bottom.”

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