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Where to go with private banking and wealth management…

Frequently over the past months we have heard about private banks and wealth managers considering divestment of parts of their businesses (e.g. Asian markets for Barclays, Societe Generale and ABN AMRO private banking) or (considering) selling off their wealth management arms (e.g. ANZ Wealth, MLC) to name a few. Although ‘divesting’ is not the only way to increase profitability of the broader ‘enterprise’ it outlines the challenges the industry is currently facing to realise profit.

While there are clear differences between regions, most of the drivers of these challenges are pretty similar on a global scale. I outline key areas of focus, which are not completely ‘mutually exclusive’, but can be looked at from a variety of angles.

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Wealth management – What are you doing next?

What a time to be in the wealth management industry… – What are you doing next?

In my work I am confronted daily with clients’ questions on what they can expect next to ‘hit’ them. We read and hear every day about startups, fintechs, robo advice, disruption etc. and I will obviously share my perspectives on these, there is also the logical next question of “what are you doing next?” All wealth managers know too well that their business model is under pressure and that significant change is expected (it has already started). Reality is that in many cases most of their budgets are still allocated to initiatives focussed on legacy technology and regulations. If they are considering top-line growth initiatives these tend to be approached in isolation or as an add-on to the existing practices, instead of being integrated properly into their broader business model and operations. This is interesting considering that there has been a growing emphasis being placed on customer centricity (and contrary to this, legacy technology and regulations are mainly internally focussed initiatives).

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Customer Experience: Playing maturity catch up…

Observations from the Sydney CX Design & Implementation Conference

(11 November – 12 November 2015)

I was lucky to be able to attend the Customer Experience Design & Implementation conference in Sydney last week listening to and speaking with organisations as each shared their experiences, success stories (of course) and learnings (can’t be enough) from organisations covering (but not limited to)  Telco’s, Financial services, Age-care, Government, Recruitment, Logistics, Design, Technology vendors, Fintech and Startups.

It was great to hear the variety of ways organisations make an effort to improve customer experiences across different industries. Such perspective across industries becomes increasingly valuable as many of the experiences people have to one industry drive their expectations and perception of others. As a result, a glass ceiling is put over industries with lower maturity levels in regards to customer experience and related expectations. From my view, which focuses on financial services and wealth management, those industries with lower customer experience maturity levels must play ‘maturity catch up’ versus other more established industries and/or organisations.

In case you are not interested to read further for more detail, buzzwords to summarise the conference include: #Employeeengagement drives customerengagement; #Designthinking; #Listening; #Empathy; #ValueExchange; #Culturalchange; #Differentiateyourexperience; #Multiscreen/#Multidevice; #Rewarddrivescustomerbehaviour; #Customerownsthejourney; #Actionable; #Beingandfeeling; #Voiceofthecustomer; #Nuroscience; Continue reading

Why the wealth management industry is different, or not?

Are the current challenges seriously different?

My passion for the wealth management industry is undisputed and so is my believe in wealth managers. I seriously have the believe that most of these front end advisers serve the goal of helping HNWI’s in managing their wealth.

We all know the challenges the industry is facing; increased regulatory pressure, pressure on traditional income models, changing client behaviors, digital technology and the need for a revised business model.

At the same time I am very keen to collaboratively come up with solutions that might fit some of these challenges. But instead of making this wealth management specific people should be fair in understanding that these challenges are not the issue of the day for wealth managers only. Other financial services companies face similar challenges and this evenly is the case for other industries. The only difference is that wealth managers have a (long) personal relationship with their clients.

The ability to cope with these challenges and translate this into the necessary change therefore is the actual question to be answered. Apparently this turns out to be a sensitive subject. The subject of cultural change. I remember the first organizational change I experienced. I was an intern at a large Dutch private bank and the HQ decided to change some procedures in the way investment advisers had to provide investment advice to their existing customers. This turned out to be difficult task especially for the advisers already on their job for years. Why change, I am used to work like this and happy to do it this way? At the end the organisation changed, because the leadership decided to do so.

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Wealth Management ‘Everything comes with a price’

The Segmentation Discussion in Wealth Management (part 2/2)

My previous blog ‘The importance of a needs based segmentation strategy’ mainly focused on the importance of putting the HNWI customer in the center of the service model of a wealth management firm. Fact of life is that today 99% of the wealth management firms put the relationship manager in the center of their service model. I tried to summarize it as shown below:

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This article in Wealthbriefing, based on an interview with Celent, describes Segmentation: ‘Product and services based on an increasingly diverse client base’. Firms are addressing all types of customer segments, going outside their traditional investor segment, and therefore require scale and technology. Retail banks are moving to serve the HNW customers, while private banks have lowered their threshold to serve more of the lower-end of the market. They describe exactly the issue if the industry, because lowering a threshold is not the answer on the industry challenge. I would say: A needs’ based segmentation strategy, where segments are built around the needs of the clients, instead of the Assets size of the HNWI’s should drive this change. Continue reading

Wealth Management and the ‘The importance of a needs based segmentation strategy’

The Segmentation Discussion in Wealth Management (part 1/2)

In the traditional thinking of a wealth management firm or private bank there are certain products only available to a wealth management or private banking client that are not available to non-HNWI’s. As personal banking client (other definitions might be applicable as well) you are not able to buy it, because your assets size is not big enough. That is pretty strange right? A client wants to buy a product, but the ‘sales person’ says no. My point of view is clear:

“Every client should be able to buy the products they want, but everything comes with a price”

The segmentation discussion in the wealth management discussion is very actual, but also not easy to grasp. Last week I had a great conversation with two wealth management experts from our beloved Switzerland and there was clear consensus that the industry business model is going to change (because it needs to, due to regulatory pressure, need for transparency and changing client behavior), but we also agreed there is no a one-off solution. The industry is looking around.

In this first of my two blogs I will focus on the way to define the right segmentation that is different from the traditional AUM (Assets Under Management) based segmentation. In the second blog I will discuss the impact on products, services, channels and pricing!

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What if a wealth manager is not offering digital services at all?

In the article “Advisor Characteristics Vs Digital Delivery: Which Is Most Important To The Future-Wealthy?”, published by FamilyWealthReport on the 27th of March, the importance of the role of the advisor versus digital is measured. All questions asked are relevant, but the way the discussion is raised might be not completely the right angle.

In short; The research describes the fact that good personal financial advice is preferred over digital interactions with customers. They are surprised by the fact that in the younger age group the digital experience score is lower than for ‘older HNWI’s’. To me this is not surprising at all due to the higher demand this group has towards digital. So the same experience scores lower within the younger age group.

Capgemini’s World Wealth Report 2013, based on research over 4400 HNWI’s globally, clearly shows the growing importance of these digital interactions. One of the key messages: The younger the group of HNWI’s researched, the higher the importance of digital contact is to them.

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