The rise of technology to the client and the organization is causing a disruption in the marketplace. Wealth Management Firms can no longer look the other way at new technology that will impact their clients, their advisors, their business, and their bottom line.
With the economy experiencing long-term cycles caused in part by changing demographics, regulations have increased, competition has intensified, and clients are more demanding. [BCG. Global Wealth 2017: Transforming the Client Experience. 2017] Because of these collective pressures, the roles of wealth advisors and relationship managers (or Relationship Managers) are changing.
To differentiate their services, wealth management firms must offer a better client experience. To protect margins, they must find ways to do so utilizing simple, smart, and seamless solutions that increase efficiency. The rise of FinTech has allowed firms to maintain high levels of efficiency while improving the client experience.
1) Understand The Digital Preferences of Today's Client
Digital preferences. The new generations of wealthy clients are more technically savvy than earlier generations. Individuals with high net worth want a digital experience.
Fully 69% of high net worth individuals (HNWIs) have a high level of digital literacy, PwC says. [PwC: “Sink or Swim: Why Wealth Management Can’t Afford to Miss the Digital Wave.” 2016. ]
They use multiple devices, and they use them for five or more hours a day.
They have smartphones and use apps. They shop online. And they demand “full use of digital infrastructure capabilities” from their wealth managers. While wealth management will remain a people business, EY predicts, digitally enabled production and advice will be important. They are likely to be especially important for high net worth individuals (HNWIs). [EY Wealth Management Outlook - 2018]
2) Leverage Technology To Reduce Risks
Risk and compliance play a huge role in how firms operate. Client information and data is at the forefront of the risks and without the right technology to collect, track and analyze client information, firms are opening the doors to risks.
3) Create An On-Demand Experience For Client Meetings
With technology, BCG says, wealth managers can “design advanced, high-impact client journeys from front to back — creating a new generation, 2.0 version of the client experience.”
Nevertheless, BCG says, many firms “have failed to provide even a minimum level of client-facing digital technology.” And many wealth managers are “still trying to make old ways of doing business continue to work in the new environment.” [BCG]
4) Create A 360 Degree View Of The Client
Centralized Client data and information is a critical path towards team agility. Client data, insights, and preferences should be only a click away for the entire team and easily accessible within the
work environments where Advisors and relationship managers live.
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