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Digital is disrupting wealth management. Firms must adjust to changing investor preferences and emergent fintech disruptors. Read our insights on forging a new path in the new financial reality.

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APAC Countries Look To Strengthen Sustainable Finance Regulations

Diane Deng October 12, 2021
In APAC, vast political, economic, and social differences among countries pose an impact on sustainable finance regulations. Even for ESG factors that are easiest to measure and compare — carbon emission, for example — there are still no common goals in the region. Only China (pledged to become carbon-neutral in 2060), South Korea (2050), Japan (2050), New Zealand (2050), and Indonesia (2060) have set a net-zero target, leading to different approaches and progress in regulating sustainable finance activities.
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The European Union’s Sustainable Finance Regulation Jigsaw Is Almost Complete

Oliwia Berdak October 11, 2021
The EU has committed to becoming the first climate-neutral bloc in the world by 2050. Learn which regulations will support this transition.
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Financial Services Firms Can Earn Trust With A Real Commitment To Sustainability

Oliwia Berdak August 3, 2021
Financial services firms that embrace sustainable business models have an opportunity to win over values-based customers.
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How COVID-19 Forced Wealth Managers To Become More Hybrid

Tom Mouhsian July 1, 2021
The Pandemic Signaled A Shift To Hybrid Sales And Service Models 2020 was a year of reckoning as face-to-face interactions disappeared and demand for digital engagement skyrocketed. This compelled wealth management firms to accelerate their digital transformations and upgrade their sales, service, and advisory capabilities. Over the past 12 months, the model approach has permanently […]
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Building A Private Bank For The Next Generation

Vijay Raghavan April 22, 2021
Significant gaps continue to exist in private banking, forcing firms to rethink pricing and organizational models. As a result, high-net-worth clients are not fully benefiting from some of the digital innovations that are changing how customers interact with their private banks. To identify the top “Global Private Banking Trends In 2021,” we interviewed senior executives […]
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The Road To Sustainable Finance Will Be Long And Thorny

Oliwia Berdak March 29, 2021
Tariq Fancy — BlackRock’s former chief investment officer of sustainable investing — caused an uproar recently when he denounced sustainable investing as just “marketing hype” and “PR spin.” Well, the spin is clearly working, with Morningstar announcing record inflows into sustainable funds in Q4 2020. Financial services firms have a large role to play in […]
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Understand Today’s Investors In Metro China, Hong Kong, And Singapore

Tom Mouhsian February 24, 2021
Why You Need A New Segmentation Approach To Understand Today’s Investors Wealth management firms commonly segment their clients by investable assets. But this is not enough to help firms decide on new products and services or optimize customer engagement models. Self-directedness is a crucial dimension that reliably predicts many investor attitudes and behaviors (see Figure […]
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Social Media Meets Tulip Mania

Vijay Raghavan February 1, 2021
It’s a story straight out of the Sherwood Forest, with a stopover in Holland. A determined group of small investors have used the power of social media to punish “the smart money” by pushing the price of GameStop, a widely shorted stock, from $19 to $325 (as of this writing). As the saga continues to […]
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解密中国当代投资者画像

Meng Liu January 27, 2021
去年年末,我们根据Forrester 2020年亚太金融行业的消费者调研(Forrester Analytics Consumer Technographics® Asia Pacific Financial Services Survey 2, 2020)对中国的投资者画像进行了描绘。我们希望通过量化数据呈现出中国投资者在2020年,尤其是疫情前后的一些变化,及中国投资者这个群体中细分类型的特点。点击“阅读更多”了解具体细节。
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Distinguish Hot From Hype In Wealth Management Tech Investments In 2021

Vijay Raghavan November 23, 2020
We’ve seen technology shift the wealth management landscape for years. The global pandemic accelerated that shift as clients seek new ways to access their accounts, communicate with account managers, and manage their investments. To identify “The Top Wealth Management Technology Investments In 2021,” we interviewed more than 80 companies to determine which technology initiatives they […]
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Wealth Management Leaders: Review Your Marketing And CX Budgets In The Wake Of COVID-19

Vijay Raghavan November 13, 2020
Consider Spending Changes In Five Categories Post-COVID-19 Wealth management leaders know that the business effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be with us for years. However, the consequences of the pandemic are not identical for all companies. Different industries, including wealth management, face disparate consumer trends, resource availability, and revenue potential during the pandemic and […]
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Predictions 2021: Wealth Management Firms Embrace Digital To Thrive

Vijay Raghavan October 21, 2020
The events of 2020 exposed both weaknesses and opportunities for wealth management firms. In 2021, forward-thinking firms will not only meet these challenges, but will move beyond them.
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Finserv Leaders Must Keep Sight Of The Big Picture In The Midst Of The Pandemic

David Hoffman August 5, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic shifts both geographically and in intensity, changes in consumers’ behaviors present financial services companies with new problems and new opportunities. The near-term impact will change the ways these companies interact with their customers, manage their employees, and respond to the market environment.
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Rethinking Sustainability In The Middle Of A Pandemic

Oliwia Berdak August 5, 2020
2020 has been a year of reckoning. Sustainability is now a business necessity, not just a differentiator. Finance and technology have important roles to play.
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Beneficiary Experience: The Big Retention Opportunity Missed By Financial Services Firms

Ellen Carney June 22, 2020
Many financial services firms are missing out on a big opportunity to win, serve, and retain customers: the beneficiary experience.
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The Effect Of COVID-19 On Canadians’ Financial Well-Being

Peter Wannemacher May 18, 2020
Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, our research showed that Canadian consumers were facing multiple financial challenges and were worried about their financial situation. To see how the pandemic was impacting consumer finances and behaviors, we surveyed 1,119 Canadian online adults in April 10–15, 2020 and found that Canadians: Are already feeling the impact of COVID-19 […]
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The Effect Of COVID-19 On US Consumers’ Financial Well-Being

Peter Wannemacher May 18, 2020
Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, our research showed that US consumers were facing multiple financial challenges and were worried about their financial situation. To see how the pandemic was impacting consumer finances and behaviors, we surveyed 1,122 US online adults in April 10–15, 2020 and found that US consumers: Are already feeling the impact of […]
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Three Insights From The Forrester Wave™: Digital Wealth Management Platforms, Q1 2020

Vijay Raghavan April 20, 2020
The wealth management industry is undergoing a digital transformation, and firms are turning to digital wealth management platforms (DWMPs) to accelerate their initiatives. In “The Forrester Wave™: Digital Wealth Management Platforms, Q1 2020” report, we identified the 13 most significant digital DWMP providers, which we evaluated across 26 criteria. We define a DWMP as: An […]
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COVID-19 Tests Wealth Management Firms In Three Critical Areas

Vijay Raghavan March 26, 2020
COVID-19 uncertainty is causing massive swings in the stock market, showing the importance of three critical areas for wealth management firms: the performance of robo-advisor platforms; communication between advisors and their customers; and the importance of reliability and trust. Specifically: Robo-advisors are being put to the test. Platforms like Schwab Intelligent Portfolios and Betterment need […]
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Morgan Stanley Grows Its Brokerage Business With E-TRADE Acquisition

Vijay Raghavan February 20, 2020
Morgan Stanley announced today that it is acquiring discount broker E-TRADE for $13 billion, bringing 5.2 million new customer accounts and $360 billion in assets in the biggest takeover of a US bank since the financial crisis. The acquisition will transform Morgan Stanley from a bank that primarily relied on investment banking, trading, and wealth […]
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