In 1963 Philips founded the cassette tape. It became very popular next to gramophone records and turntables. The cassette tape was one of the first, or THE first, portable music bearing players available to the mass market. These cassettes where suitable for use with several players (cassette recorder or deck and Walkman) and, until the end of the 90’s, cassette tapes were actively sold, having hailed a new era of music accessibility.
Over time, Philips again led the way in disruption and founded the Compact Disk (CD) in 1977, which became even more popular and as we know, still exists today. After some years, individuals could even create CDs themselves with music, movies or even documentation (legally or not, but that is not the focus in this case). People seized the opportunity for ownership. The CD then evolved into the less popular minidisk.
Today, we are all familiar with digital music e.g. the MP3, or online music portals like Spotify, ITunes and so on (all not from Philips by the way).
Parallel with the wealth management industry
The wealth management industry is evolving as well, but the transition is not going very smoothly and requires time (it goes slow!). Historically, as I have written in previous blogs already, the wealth management and private banking industry had a niche focus on the rich of this world that wanted to invest to grow their wealth. To make sure the rich were willing to store their funds at a particular bank, the bank went ‘all the way’ to win them as their client. Red carpet, expensive lunches, tickets for whatever event (I know I formulated it a bit short-sighted). And this still exists. But wealth management has developed to be available to ‘all’, not only the super-rich. Also, a (less rich, but still having enough cash) group called “mass affluent” came to be targeted by the banks. And so, this is where we are today as banks are increasingly looking to reach a broader group of (potential) clients (even so, this doesn’t mean that mass affluent clients receive the same treatment, which to some extent is understandable). Continue reading