Since the 2008 financial crisis, the asset and wealth management industry has faced many challenges driven by a diverse range of factors, including the growth of emerging markets, increased regulation of the financial industry, competition from fintechs (financial technology companies), and more. Over the next decade, these changes are likely to grow in scope and impact, transforming the way the wealth management industry works.
To fulfill evolving client expectations, asset and wealth management firms are now moving their infrastructure to the cloud to enable real-time asset and portfolio management. While migration to the cloud ensures better response time, it also means that third-party services have access to customers’ financial information. To address the security risks associated with this technological transformation, asset and wealth management firms must conduct proper risks assessments before granting access rights to a third-party provider.
Like many other industries, the financial industry has become more consumer-oriented today. Therefore, to provide personalized experiences to customers and enable greater engagement, asset and wealth management firms must replace their legacy infrastructure with AI-based cognitive computing solutions. These AI-based solutions will capture more data along each step of the customer journey allowing the financial sector to gain insights into the evolving needs and expectations of the client.
To ensure a successful technological transformation, the executives of asset and wealth management firms are re-engineering their approach to workforce and prioritizing digital skills to the same degree as other sectors. In addition to modernizing their recruitment practices, wealth management firms are also taking bold steps to facilitate the adoption of digital tools and technologies by their existing employees.
According to a survey conducted by PWC, asset and wealth management is the third most likely sector to experience the disruption caused by fintech startups. While a vast majority of asset and wealth management executives believe that fintech startups will reshape the market, not many firms have developed a strategy to address the change.
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