For Financial Professionals in the US

Matt Sommer, PhD, CFA, CFP®

Head of Defined Contribution
and Wealth Advisor Services
Matt Sommer | Janus Henderson Investors

Matt Sommer is the Head of Janus Henderson Investors’ Defined Contribution and Wealth Advisor Services Team. He serves as Janus Henderson’s lead behavioral finance researcher and wealth strategist, where he and his team provide clients with insights regarding several topics related to practitioner best practices, regulatory and legislative trends, and wealth planning strategies. Prior to joining Janus in 2010, Dr. Sommer spent 17 years at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and its predecessors, Citi Global Wealth Management and Smith Barney, during which time his roles included director of financial planning and director of retirement planning.

Dr. Sommer received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Pace University, Lubin School of Business. He received a doctorate degree (dissertation: Three Essays Investigating the Bequest Intentions and Expectations of Older Adults) from Kansas State University. His doctoral candidacy research was selected for publication in the Journal of Financial Planning and the Journal of Personal Finance. Dr. Sommer is a frequent guest on CNBC and Bloomberg TV, a regular contributor to Kiplinger’s Building Wealth column and has been extensively quoted in various industry publications including the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and Investment News. He has 29 years of financial industry experience.

Articles Written

Does Gender Matter in the Selection of a Financial Professional?

Does Gender Matter in the Selection of a Financial Professional?

Understanding investor perceptions is key to addressing gender inequality in the financial services industry.

Timely Tips for Investors to Deal with Today’s Worst Challenges

Timely Tips for Investors to Deal with Today’s Worst Challenges

In unpredictable times, it helps to have a few well-respected investing rules of thumb to fall back on for reassurance.

Financial Knowledge, Investment Advice and Trading Discretion: New Research

Financial Knowledge, Investment Advice and Trading Discretion: New Research

A new study explores the relationship between financial knowledge and the decision to seek investment advice and grant trading discretion.

How to Use Behavioral Finance to Help Clients Navigate Volatility

How to Use Behavioral Finance to Help Clients Navigate Volatility

How financial professionals can help clients cope with market volatility by incorporating behavioral finance techniques.

The Relationship between Changes in Wealth and Bequest Expectations

The Relationship between Changes in Wealth and Bequest Expectations

A new study examines the association between changes in wealth during the Great Recession and changes in bequest expectations.

Research Finds Advised Clients Are Better Prepared to Navigate Major Life Events
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Research Finds Advised Clients Are Better Prepared to Navigate Major Life Events

Findings from a new survey indicate that financial professionals can be instrumental in helping individuals navigate life transitions.

Love and Legacy: Do Children’s Affections Impact Parents’ Bequest Intentions?

Love and Legacy: Do Children’s Affections Impact Parents’ Bequest Intentions?

The findings from a study on bequest intentions has important implications for financial professionals assisting clients with wealth transfer.

Which has a Greater Impact on Employee Savings: Enrollment Defaults or Employer Match?

Which has a Greater Impact on Employee Savings: Enrollment Defaults or Employer Match?

Reviewing the findings of a recent study that investigated the impact of certain defined contribution features on employee saving rates.

Top DC Trends and Developments

Top DC Trends and Developments

Matt Sommer, Head of Defined Contribution and Wealth Advisor Services, and special guest the Honorable Brad Campbelldiscussed notable highlights from this past quarter and key developments plan fiduciaries should be aware of moving into 2022.

Time for an IPS Refresh: Incorporating Emerging Trends into Your Plan Design

Time for an IPS Refresh: Incorporating Emerging Trends into Your Plan Design

Three areas where well-intentioned but unclear or outdated IPS language can create problems for plan sponsors.

Time to Refresh Your IPS: An Expert’s View

Time to Refresh Your IPS: An Expert’s View

Three areas where well-intentioned but unclear or outdated IPS language can create problems for plan sponsors.

Plan Advisors: How Are You Incorporating International Equity in Your Plan Menus?

Plan Advisors: How Are You Incorporating International Equity in Your Plan Menus?

Considering which asset classes should be represented in the international equity category for DC plan menus.