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The Healthy Advisor: What Makes Advisors Happy With Michael Kitces

Kitces discusses the 2023 Advisor Wellbeing Study and the factors contributing to advisors’ happiness.

While wellbeing and mental health have become a more mainstream conversation among the wider U.S. population since the pandemic, it’s a topic still largely untouched by the financial services industry. New research from aims to measure and track trends across advisor wellbeing, just as the industry benchmarks anything else.

Over 1,500 members of financial advisory teams responded to The Kitces Report: 2023 Advisor Wellbeing Study. Respondents reported on their current level of life quality, or wellbeing, on a 0–10 scale. The average was 6.84, with solo practitioners feeling better about life compared to mid-size or larger firm advisors.

In this episode, Diana Britton, managing editor at, speaks with Michael Kitces, blogger and chief financial planning nerd at, about the key highlights of the study, including the positive impact of team involvement, the strategic delegation of less desirable tasks, and the necessity of fair compensation, particularly for those advisors who are service-oriented. 

Michael Kitces

Michael Kitces

Michael discusses: 

  • The impetus behind launching this study
  • How he defines wellbeing and happiness in the study
  • The correlation between firm size and advisor well-being
  • The top drivers of advisor well-being: autonomy, experience, team and service
  • How firms can foster happiness and engagement among their advisors


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About Our Guest:

Michael E. Kitces is the Head of Planning Strategy for Buckingham Wealth Partners, a private wealth management firm located in St Louis, Missouri, that oversees approximately $50 billion of client assets. In addition, he is the co-founder of the XY Planning Network, AdvicePay, fpPathfinder, and New Planner Recruiting, former practitioner editor of the Journal of Financial Planning, and the publisher of the e-newsletter The Kitces Report and the popular financial planning industry blog Nerd’s Eye View through his website, dedicated to advancing knowledge in financial planning.


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