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Why Digital Solutions Are Wealth Management's Greatest Opportunity

Wealth Management

By Greg King, CFA  |  November 29, 2017

Today’s wealth management clients are more tech-savvy than ever before. According to research from FactSet and Scorpio Partnership, HNWIs now conduct 44% of their interactions with wealth managers online, and the proportion of interactions conducted online rises to 48% among those whose wealth exceeds $20 million. Coupled with the fact that three-in-five HNWIs believe that innovation will enhance their wealth manager relationship, it’s clear expectations are changing.

However, despite the obvious demand for innovation, the advice gap is widening as traditional wealth managers struggle to bring their strategies into the digital era. Put simply, the wealth management industry is missing a huge opportunity. Adding to this pressure are the successes of companies like Google, Amazon, and Apple which have revolutionized the customer relationship using data to anticipate and deliver personalized content. Wealth managers now have similar obligations to create personalized services with 24/7 interaction for their clients.

Those wealth mangers willing to step up to this challenge recognize that they must partner with technology providers so they can focus on what they do best; look after their clients’ wealth. For example, 7IM’s app, My Future, was built with the help of Nintendo gaming experts to engage younger investors and encourage financial planning. Such a shift in thinking can prepare wealth managers to tailor their services to new audiences, innovate their businesses, and become more attractive to the next generation of HNWIs.

For a deeper explanation of how the industry is changing, here's an interview I recently did with The Telegraph:

Between the changing advisory landscape and the approaches necessary for success in a digital world, translating the opportunities of a demanding digital ecosystem is no easy task. 

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Greg King, CFA

Senior Vice President, Strategy Senior Director, Wealth Product Development

Mr. Greg King is Senior Vice President, Strategy of Wealth and Product Development at FactSet. In this role, he focuses on the allocation of resources for all areas of the Wealth Management business; from market research and product development to implementation of a parallel sales and marketing plan. Mr. King moved to London from the U.S. in 1999. Prior to leading FactSet’s Wealth Management Strategy, he spent eight years as Director of Workstation Solutions for the EMEA and APAC regions, and before that, was Vice President, Institutional Sales in FactSet's UK Investment Management region. Mr. King earned a degree in Economics from Boston College and is a CFA charterholder.