Waiting to Save – Behavioral Economics at Work

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This is an amazing TED talk on the power of default choices, decisions for today vs tomorrow and loss aversion. It’s also about how we can use the power of these effects to radically alter people’s financial outcomes.

The main example if of a 401k program that is not only set up as opt-out but is also set up for people to save more as they make more. The result was that savings rates skyrocketed as a result. Interestingly the example is a 401k program with many blue collar workers who were struggling to save.

This is something we’re thinking a lot about at Blueleaf. In fact we’re working on a number of products that leverage these effects in a number of powerful ways.

How have you used behavioral economics to help clients? What innovative things have you seen that you’re excited about? Let us know in the comments.

John is the co-founder and CEO of Blueleaf and is an active startup advisor. He is also an experienced entrepreneur and senior executive. As part of 6 founding teams, he has led the product management, marketing, and finance functions. His background in banking and wealth management has shaped the vision for Blueleaf.