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In an exclusive interview, P. Venkatesh, Director of Thought Leadership at Maveric Systems, provides an in-depth analysis of the wealth management industry’s current landscape and future trajectory. Amidst global economic uncertainties and market volatility, Venkatesh highlights the industry’s rapid evolution, driven by technological advancements, regulatory shifts, and changing investor demographics. From the critical trends reshaping wealth management to the role of technology in enhancing client engagement, Venkatesh shares Maveric Systems’ strategic approach to navigating these challenges and seizing emerging opportunities. Excerpts:

Can you provide an overview of the current state of the wealth management industry and the key trends you are observing?

The wealth management industry is currently influenced by several factors, including global economic conditions, supply chain disruptions, soaring energy prices, and inflationary pressures. These macroeconomic challenges have led to market volatility and uncertainty in investor sentiment. However, the industry is also undergoing rapid evolution driven by technological advancements, regulatory changes, and shifting investor preferences, presenting significant opportunities.

Key trends in the industry include a strong focus on expanding assets under management (AUM) as a primary metric for revenue generation. There is also a shift towards offering clients a wider range of active investment opportunities which promise higher returns. Mergers and acquisitions are becoming more common as firms strive to enhance scale, improve efficiency, and expand their market presence. Additionally, the industry is increasingly adopting a customer-centric approach, emphasizing personalized and tailored solutions through the integration of technology to enhance customer experiences.

How are technological advancements reshaping the wealth management sector, particularly in terms of service delivery and client engagement?

Technology is playing a crucial role in the evolution of the wealth management industry. Firms are leveraging technology to streamline operations, boost efficiency, and reduce client service costs. A strong emphasis is placed on ensuring data quality and robust IT architecture to support well-informed decision-making. This includes adopting open-API architectures, cloud computing, and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions to build resilient and scalable technology infrastructures.

For advisors to effectively engage with clients, they need access to digital tools that allow them to deliver services from anywhere, at any time. This requires a comprehensive understanding of clients’ portfolios, including their goals, investments, performance, and financial information, and the ability to execute transactions remotely and efficiently. Investing in technological infrastructure and tools is critical for success, and organizations that successfully integrate these technologies will likely thrive in the long term.

With millennials and women emerging as significant investor segments, how are you addressing the unique needs and preferences of these groups?

Maveric Systems recognizes the growing importance of women and millennials as key investor segments. Women are adding US$5 trillion to the global wealth pool annually, and this contribution is unmatched by any other group. Maveric assists wealth managers by generating analytics to identify the preferences of women investors and millennials, enabling them to suggest products that align with their investment profiles. This understanding allows wealth management firms to customize and personalize their offerings specifically for these demographics.

Maveric also provides insights regarding preferred communication channels. For example, millennials often prefer self-service platforms for research and investment decisions, while some women prefer face-to-face meetings with advisors. By leveraging data analytics and AI-driven insights, Maveric helps wealth managers anticipate client needs, personalize client experiences, and offer tailored investment strategies, strengthening client relationships and positioning wealth managers as trusted advisors.

What role does technology play in enhancing the productivity of wealth advisers, and how does it improve client relationships and retention?

Technology enhances the productivity of wealth advisers by equipping them with digital and in-person communication tools, allowing for high levels of service that are convenient for clients. By staying updated on each client’s situation, preferences, and needs, wealth managers can deliver personalized, on-demand service. Predictive and generative AI offer deep personalization capabilities, enabling wealth managers to identify individual client preferences and tailor offerings accordingly.

Leveraging technology to streamline processes frees up advisors’ time, enabling them to focus on delivering exceptional service. By mastering available technologies, the wealth management industry can improve service delivery and empower advisors, ultimately enhancing client relationships and retention.

How are you helping wealth managers adapt to the demand for seamless service delivery across digital and traditional channels?

Maveric Systems is helping wealth managers adapt to the evolving demand for service delivery across digital and traditional channels through digital transformation. Clients seek high-touch service combined with remote access to their managers. Maveric provides tools to facilitate virtual advice through preferred channels such as phone or video, ensuring accessibility during market volatility.

Maveric’s solutions enable wealth management firms to integrate self-service capabilities across digital channels while maintaining consistency in service delivery and adviser tool capabilities across all channels. This approach ensures a positive and efficient customer experience, allowing wealth managers to meet evolving client demands and drive success in the digital age.

Can you share examples of how process automation has improved efficiency and reduced operational costs for wealth management firms?

Process automation and new-age technologies have significantly improved efficiency and reduced operational costs for wealth management firms. For instance, Maveric accelerated the client onboarding journey in the Middle East and Europe by enabling contactless interactions and superior customer journeys through real-time identity verification, document verification, and advancements in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Additionally, AI capabilities such as Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML) have revolutionized the automation of customer onboarding processes.

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) plays a crucial role in identifying automation opportunities within processes, enhancing overall efficiency. By providing a friction-free onboarding process, Maveric helps create a positive first impression and sets the stage for successful client relationships.

What strategies would you recommend to wealth managers to stay competitive in an industry that is rapidly evolving due to digital transformation?

To stay competitive in an industry undergoing rapid digital transformation, wealth managers should:

  • Embrace digital transformation by leveraging tools for client relationship management, data analytics, and online investment platforms.
  • Enhance personalization using data analytics and AI-driven insights to tailor investment strategies and communication based on individual client preferences.
  • Optimize omnichannel presence, offering seamless experiences across digital and traditional channels.
  • Invest in cybersecurity to safeguard client data and protect against cyber threats.
  • Focus on delivering exceptional client experiences at every touchpoint, from onboarding to ongoing support.

Given the projected rebound in global Assets Under Management by 2027, what opportunities and challenges do you foresee for the wealth management industry, and how is Maveric Systems preparing to address them?

The projected rebound in global Assets Under Management (AUM) by 2027 presents both opportunities and challenges for the wealth management industry. Opportunities include potential growth as investor confidence returns and markets recover, expansion into emerging markets, and enhancing client engagement through digitization.

However, challenges such as market volatility, regulatory compliance, and intense competition persist. Maveric Systems is enhancing its digital capabilities to help wealth managers adapt to these challenges. By offering strategic consulting services, Maveric assists wealth management firms in navigating market volatility, regulatory changes, and competitive pressures, enabling them to seize opportunities and overcome challenges in the evolving landscape.

About The Author

P-VenkateshAs the Co-founder and whole-time Director at Maveric, P Venkatesh (PV) leads the global thought leadership function aimed at shaping and promoting Maveric’s perspectives as well as expertise in the banking technology space. By building relationships with industry influencers, partners and BankTech ecosystem leaders, PV drives creation of impactful frameworks, methodologies and landscape reports that provide informed perspectives on new age technologies that shape the BankTech space.

Originally published in Data Quest

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