Wealth Management

Five key MiFID II issues every fund marketer should be worrying about

By David Prosser on July 23, 2017
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With less than six months to go now until the introduction of MiFID II, are you ready for the new regulation? The second incarnation of the European Union’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive becomes legally binding…

Generating Income in Today’s Low Interest Rate Climate Takes Creativity

By Karen Riccio on July 19, 2017
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Investors who risked even a single penny in the stock or real estate markets over the past 17 years understand intimately the pain of losing money and how it can alter their mindset. If they deny…

Wealth managers beware: digital client servicing is no longer an option

By Mash Patel on July 12, 2017
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The wealth management industry is at a cross roads. Increasingly high costs of client servicing, a lack of successful investment in technology and changing demands from clients are all combining to reap havoc on the industry….

The Wealth Whisperer: An Interview with Winnie Sun

By Courtney McQuade on July 5, 2017
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At the young age of seven, Winnie began learning the value of money and sold avocados from her friend’s yard to friends and family in the neighborhood. Her parents made sure she understood that hard work…

It is about the money, active fund managers: we care about the price tag

By David Prosser on June 28, 2017
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Another day, another nail in the coffin of active investment management – or at least of those active managers who can’t make a coherent and convincing case for why investors should give them the time of…

Central Banks Are Doing the Unthinkable – Buying Stocks

By Karen Riccio on June 19, 2017
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Low interest rates are a borrower’s best friend, a fixed-income investor’s worst nightmare, and one reason many people suggest the integrity of global stock markets is in serious jeopardy. It’s one thing when a group of…

The DOL’s Fiduciary Rule Still in Limbo

By Karen Riccio on June 7, 2017
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With U.S. President Donald Trump past the official 100-day honeymoon period of his first term, I’d like to be able to report a little more certainty on the fate of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary…

Do elections matter to fund investors?

By David Prosser on May 31, 2017
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Let’s put it this way: an election certainly represents an opportunity for investment commentators to indulge in a spot of name awareness, issuing predictions about what the latest political twists and turns might mean for markets….

Robo-advice must evolve into valuable financial planning

By Tim Cooper on May 25, 2017
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Robert Forbes of London-based wealth manager Stadden Forbes is planning to take robo-advice to a new level by offering a comprehensive digital financial planning service. While he admits it is a big challenge to offer regulated…

Fighting Cybercrime with Technology and Employee Training

By Karen Riccio on May 15, 2017
Cybercrime Training

Investment firms and financial companies are constantly under the microscope of regulatory agencies to prove that adequate security controls are in place to protect sensitive client data and accounts. To most CEOs, that means adhering to…

Why asset managers must learn to love fund research agencies

By David Prosser on May 11, 2017
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How crucial is fund research in helping investors and financial advisers to decide on which funds deserve their time and money? The short answer is very, whether you’re marketing direct to a retail audience or targeting…

Could big data save active managers crushed by low-cost passives?

By David Prosser on May 3, 2017
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BlackRock’s latest fee cuts suggest it too is feeling the power of cheap passive strategies, but it hopes to fight back with investments in big data and analytics. When the world’s largest asset management business is…