November 17, 2017

Kristi Mitchem, CEO of Wells Fargo Asset Management has the research on the strong connection between control of your finances and happiness.

WEALTHTRACK Episode #1422; Originally Broadcast on November 17, 2017
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Millennials, Money and the Happiness Factor Report   [.pdf]

Ten Questions for Rejuvenating your Millennial Conversations from Wells Fargo.

Paradigm for Parity

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What makes you happy?

That is not a question we usually ask ourselves on a personal finance/investment program like WEALTHTRACK, publicly at least. Privately is another matter. But the question is not farfetched for us.

A primary motivation behind WEALTHTRACK’S mission: “helping our audience and ourselves build financial security to last a lifetime” is achieving happiness.  We recognize that financial wellbeing makes achieving life’s goals much easier and is a major anxiety reducer.

That’s why I was intrigued when I heard that Kristi Mitchem, a high-ranking woman in the financial services industry whom I know and respect, had commissioned a survey about what makes millennials happy.

A reminder, millennials are the generation born between 1980 and 1997. These 20-36 year olds are close to 80 million strong. They make up nearly a quarter of the population – that’s larger than the baby boomers. But they are weighed- down by debt. Millennials are carrying 80% of the $1.3 trillion student loan burden.

Why should we care about their happiness? What relevance does it have for the rest of us?  It turns out it does which is why this week’s guest is Kristi Mitchem, the new CEO of Wells Fargo Asset Management which she joined in June of 2016 and where she oversees nearly $500 billion of assets. Prior to Wells Fargo, Mitchem headed up State Street Global Advisors’ Americas Institutional Client Group. Before that she was in charge of the U.S. defined contribution business (think 401k retirement plans) for  BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors clients.

Throughout her career, Mitchem has been a passionate advocate for sponsoring and promoting women in management.  She was a driving force behind the 2016 creation of the SSGA Gender Diversity Index and its(SHE) SPDR® ETF. The symbol is SHE. It’s comprised of U.S. based large-cap companies that are gender diverse in their senior leadership positions.

Before we talked about the connections between financial planning and happiness for millennials and the rest of us, I asked her about the Wells Fargo banking scandal. Just weeks after her arrival news broke that ultimately more than 2 million fake customer accounts had been created by some employees at the Wells Fargo Community Banking division.

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We wish you all a happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Have a lovely weekend and make the week ahead a profitable and a productive one!

Best Regards,

Mathews Asia


  • Having enough money to save for future needs
  • Saving enough for retirement
  • Feeling in control of your financial life
  • Taking an active role in setting and achieving goals for your financial life
  • Able to pay monthly expenses

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At last count, 32 women were CEOs of a Fortune 500 company. Why so few? Kristi Mitchem, CEO of Wells Fargo Asset Management is on a mission to increase those numbers and has joined with other top women executives to overcome the obstacles.

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