How analytics makes wealth management unbiased?

Investment managers of today are out chasing the alpha. They are expected now, more than ever, to justify their management fees by giving a superior return on investment. This is especially the case when there are so many free and cheap passive investment avenues out there for investors to invest in. Only a market-beating return will satisfy customers of today and investors are looking at analytics aided improvements to achieve these performance improvements especially through the debiasing of investments.

Through advanced analytics, investment managers are able to rely less on instinct and more on data, thereby reducing the chances of making sub-optimal trading decisions. The ‘debiasing’ effect that analytics is playing can help bring about a lot of positive change, in the highly competitive and sometimes opaque industry.

Analytics increasingly becomes popular as wealth managers are recognizing the risk of relying purely on instinct for their decision making. It has come to the fore that human beings are incapable of being purely rational. Behavioral economics has proved that biases and irrational considerations based on our lived experience affect all of our decisions including those such as investments. Hence it is essential for us to rely on ‘Artificial intelligence’ that is sophisticated and data-driven as a way to counteract bias.

How does bias affect decision making?

In a study conducted by McKinsey, it was observed that traders were overcommitted to the positions they held and tended to hold on to them even when contrary evidence was presented. This was due to endowment effects and confirmation bias. The ‘endowment effect’ referred to the cases in which owners of a certain asset held on to it, despite any change in conditions and ‘confirmation bias’ refers to how our stereotypes lead us to discount beliefs that go contrary to our own.

How can Analytics help?

Using a digitized wealth management platform with Robo advisory and actionable analytics, that uses pure data to drive conclusions, can help temper the bias in investment management. Machine learning algorithms that learn from swathes of historical data and investment patterns help decision-makers get better and more scientific. The consistent biases and the emotions that made investment managers hold on to bad investments and stay away from certain industries due to ‘lived experiences’ could be neutralized by the power of Analytics and Robo/AI based investing.

What gives investment managers using analytics an edge?

When investment managers are using a digitized wealth management platform, they benefit from the huge data sets and patterns that the AI has been able to analyze over time. Big data is compiled about the investment performances and patterns of millions of users over millions of trades. This factors into the recommendations that the AI-driven Robo advisor makes.

It also factors in a number of variables such as the investment horizon, risk tolerance, preferred investment types and more to help arrive at the perfect investment strategy for you. Biases such as overconfidence, loss aversion, endowment effect are all erased as the AI relies purely on performance data collected from thousands of variables.

Looking ahead

Analytics will definitely impact the decision making of wealth managers for the better. This will help wealth managers make more profitable decisions for their clients and increase the value of their portfolios. A study conducted by Mckinsey revealed that debiasing using analytics helped fund managers gain potential improvements between 100 and 300 basis points.

Wealth management firms that leverage this cutting-edge technology will consistently outperform others in the market. They will create a lot of value for their investors and will fare much better than traditional firms without the analytics edge. It has become evident that only the firms that are willing to change with the times and adopt technology will capture the major share of the market, especially the tech-savvy and millennial one.

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Simplifying Portfolio Analytics with Investment Management Solutions

Portfolio analytics is a key component in investment management. It helps managers in analyzing returns and risk for their clients and help them make informed decisions about their investments. But analyzing portfolio is no small task. It involves a lot of processes like attribution, performance benchmarking, risk management, portfolio slice and dice, and more.

To make their job easier, these investment managers need intelligent and reliable technology solutions that not only take the burden off their shoulders but also gets the analytics done faster. These solutions help reduce human error by automating the whole process of analysis and leveraging the ability of artificial intelligence to find in-depth insights for more informed recommendations.

ValueAT is one such Investment Management Solution.

Designed for the ease of managers and their clients, ValueAT makes portfolio analytics more accessible and more comprehensible.

Below are a few other ways ValueAT simplifies portfolio analytics:

Simplified Data Results

It analyzes the complex data, both real-time and historical, and presents it to the clients on their user dashboards with enriched visualization and simplified attraction. This makes it easier for the investment managers to inform the clients about the possible risks and the returns.

Saves Time

It takes only seconds to analyze data and present recommendations. It takes up to weeks for a human to do that because of the sheer amount of work that it is. It saves time and helps capitalize on the opportunities that open in the market.

Customization

With its goal-based approach to the advisory, all recommendations made by ValueAT are customized for the goals set by the clients. Since every individual or entity has their own set of goals to achieve, no two clients have the same recommendations. It is programmed this way to provide highly accurate and relevant recommendations to the clients and support their investment goals.

Automation

ValueAT automates complex research, investment planning, and portfolio monitoring to enable investment managers, fund managers, performance analysts, risk analysts, and compliance managers to provide an uberized user experience to their clients. It has different formats of the portfolio for Analysts, Fund Managers, and CXOs with different approaches for these people.

Always Ready

The ValueAT system is always ready, which helps avoid delays and dependencies.

Flexibility

Being flexible helps ValueAT support different models for asset classes and styles enabling it to handle multi-currency and multi-asset portfolios, with ease.

If you are an investment manager looking for a technology solution, you can find out more about ValueAT here: Software for wealth managers .

Or you can contact Valuefy and get a solution that best suits your needs.

The Science and Art of Choosing the Right Investment Management Solution

Choosing an investment management solution is a rather difficult task, especially when there are many options to choose from. You want to make the most of it, making it easier for your investment managers to be more productive and efficient. Something that will also provide your clients with easy to understand insights to help them with their decision making.

From client acquisition and onboarding to compliance and oversight, there are processes that can be easily digitalized and help save time. When your investment managers save time in gaining data analytics and making detailed reports, they can work on putting those reports to good use and help make your clients make the best choices.

But choosing the right investment solution is just like choosing investment options. It is as much an art as it is science, meaning it is just as subjective as it is objective. There are aspects of an investment management solution, like analytics and reports, that will work for all investment managers but there are processes that might not work in a “template” approach and might need customizations for different fund managers and sometimes, for different clients.

All these considerations seem to make choosing an investment management solution more complicated than it is but when we break it down to the basics, it’s quite simple actually. WealthFy makes it easier for you to see a clearer picture and make the right choice when deciding on a solution. It will make your job easier and your client’s decision making faster.

So, here’s a breakdown of the reasons why WealthFy may just be the best investment management solution for you:

Interactive Client Portals

Smart client portals help wealth managers present a holistic view to the rewired investor, on demand. It is built to connect with complex legacy systems and is powered by an optimized data layer. Complex Private Banking portfolio is made interactive and personalized to make wealth management with tailored goal vs investment profiling easier.

Digital Intelligence

Smart Advisory Algorithms empower your sales force with a seamless workflow across mandates, portfolio reviews, portfolio construction, and transactions. This paperless advisory workflow is a close replica of a CIO’s view in each client interaction.

Precise Portfolio Review

Portfolio reviews no longer need to take weeks and can be performed within seconds. WealthFy creates portfolio insights for investment advisors that are delivered through powerful dashboards. And the whole process can be customized and automated as per your client’s needs, creating a truly digital, millennial experience.

Advisor-Client Solution

Today’s investor needs an investment management solution that is made for tomorrow but also adheres to the constantly updating legacy regulations. WealthFY’s Advisor-Client solution arms every Wealth Manager with compliance and smart insights to make the most of the investment.

Cloud-based Solution

Having a cloud-based solution not only increases the efficiency of your solution but also saves costs as there is no hardware involved. And it pretty much takes care of itself with automatic updates to keep the software relevant. These solutions are also available round the clock and have a flexible capacity on storage.

Do you want to take an early lead at being the most preferred investment management firm in the digital age? Contact Valuefy today!

5 Trends Governing the Future of Wealth Management Industry

As economies around the world take twists and turns amidst political, geographical, technological, and social transformations, one thing is for sure – Change. Yes, the inevitable that surreptitiously unmasks itself even before you realise its existence.

Considering evolution as the underlying factor for our growth, it would only be fair to consider these up and coming trends, shaping the workstyle of finance and wealth management industry, are here to make matter more interesting than we projected.

The Competition

Needless to say, the competition is now more intensified than ever. Retail banks and financial institutions looking for new growth opportunities are tapping new technology and business models; however, amidst prevailing financial crisis, more firms and more advisors have entered into a fray for the same segment of clients. Adding to the competition is entry of nonfinancial players in the market, which saw a surge of 20% until last year. With business giant like Google planning to make way into the wealth management arena, it’s definitely going to be more cut-throat than ever.

Changing Demography

Close to $58.1 trillion is expected to move from one adult population to the next, over a period of 55 years, from 2007-2061. This huge transition in process is certainly causing paradigm shifts in the wealth management landscape. Assets will change both owners and advisors, hence, bringing about a massive change in existing client/advisor relationships.

As the WM workforce will retire, so will their existing set of clients. Millennials taking over their preceding generation of Baby Boomers will change the demographic equation quite significantly.

Further, with more women taking control of assets by virtue of financial and social independence, will add to the new demography.

New Expectations

Yes, there’s a new wave of expectations on the table. Thanks to new-age millennial thinking that believes in and demands transparency and control over their investment (both long term and short term). Such clarity in expectations is paving way for goal-based financial advice. It’s time, investment advisors shift focus from generic commoditized advising to more holistic consultation. This will reap sustainable benefit for both client and wealth managers. 90% Baby Boomers, 91% Gen X, and 93% Millennials consider fee structure as one of the determining factors in choosing a financial advisor.

This new breed of investors is vocal and non-hesitant about putting forth their desire for goal-based advice. Unfortunately, loyalty is not the only trait that will help the industry sail through.

The Digital Potential

The world is going gaga over digitalization, and there cannot be more emphasis on the need to incorporate the growing prevalence. Enhancing agility and making wealth management practices more efficient are few more reasons the industry should tap the technology to its advantage. 76% of investors agree that digital technology will not reduce the quality of advisor relationship.

It is therefore imperative that Incumbent wealth management firms build upon new technology for inculcating value-based collaborative relationships.

Remodelling Around Regulations

With risk regulations more stringent than ever, the wealth management industry needs to be more alert than ever. After all, the very foundation of this industry is based on trust. One intangible factor that can change the course of any business. Therefore, restructuring key areas of businesses to comply with regulatory norms will be a priority task for sure.

Hybrid Advisory Model: The Future of Wealth Management lies in Man-Machine Collaboration

The thought of Robots and Artificial intelligence eventually replacing us and taking our jobs is a frightful one for all of us. However, beyond this fearmongering, there’s the simple truth that Artificial Intelligence is definitely much quicker than human beings at some tasks such as complex computations while humans are better at intuition.

The Wealth Management industry is currently undergoing a sea change as it moves from traditional methods to adopt the final frontier of technology adoption including AI, Big Data, Analytics, and Robo-advisory. However, the human element of customer service and ‘gut instinct’ can never be replaced and Wealth Management firms are seeing the rise of a new model, namely the ‘Hybrid advisory’ model.

What is the Hybrid Advisory Model?

Hybrid Advisory takes what’s best about both the worlds (human and robot) and puts them together in one basket. Machines being inherently quicker than human beings at computational tasks, wealth management firms are using wealth management platforms and robo-advisors to comb through terabytes of data and convert it into actionable intelligence and insights. This tempers the tendency of advisors to make purely instinct based investment decisions and helps them leverage the power of data to derisk their decision process.

The increased efficiency of the model helps a single wealth manager optimize his daily activities and automate operational tasks by around 60%. This helps make Wealth Management more accessible, flexible and cost-effective and reduces the human effort associated with each customer improving the scalability of your wealth management practice.

What are the different kinds of Hybrid models being adopted?

There are three kinds of Hybrid advisory models that banks and wealth management practices are adopting based on client demographics, portfolio types and specific requirements and demands of the client base.

Digital advisory model:

The Digital advisory model offers the customer simplified financial services to customers as a DIY digital service. This makes investing more economical for mid-size or smaller investors as the commissions, as well as the minimum asset requirement for investing, are quite low.

In this model, the human advisor is involved only in the initial phase of guiding and setting up the portfolio, and the investment goals after which the digital platform or robo-advisor takes control. Digital advisory is usually based on passive investment instruments such as ETFs or index funds. The major benefit of a digital advisory model is that the customers have the flexibility to move towards the ‘High touch’ model with more human advisor involvement as their assets grow and management needs become more complex.

Scalable advisory model:

The scalable advisory model enables the robo-advisor and the human advisor to serve “mass affluent” clients economically and with efficiency. The scalable advisory model generally employes the robo-advisor purely for insights and to drive transparency while the final investing decisions are actively made by the human advisors.

In the scalable advisory model, the human advisor creates the financial plan, configures the roboadvisory, helps in investment decisions and manages complex financial instruments. This gives the client a balance between digital services as well as access to a human advisor for major investing decisions. The scalable advisor model is generally preferred by tech-savvy investors who value the skillset of human advisors as well the transparency and monitoring capabilities afforded by robo-advisors and wealth management platforms.

High-touch advisory model:

The ‘High touch’ model is made specifically for HNI clients with complex financial needs and larger assets under management with a tailored experience. In this model, the financial advisors usually take complete control of the Wealth Management platform and the clients get access to a client app where they can monitor their portfolio at all times.

Advisors use the platform to optimize and automate operations so that they can invest more time in exceptional client servicing and client relationship meetings. In this model, the data and analytics insights provided by Robo-advisors are used to power insightful conversations with HNI clients who are starved for time as well as to prepare detailed portfolio reports. Human wealth managers in the ‘High touch’ model offer full-scale advisory services such as succession planning, real estate planning, retirement planning, advice on annuities, alternative investments and more.

The Indian Wealth Management Landscape: Moving towards ‘High touch’ experiences

Hybrid advisory models offer both investors and wealth management companies several benefits such as the lowered costs of advice, high scalability in service models, data-driven financial advise as well as the ability to monitor portfolios 24X7.

In the face of Indian HNIs picking up on global cues and demanding world-class technology from their wealth management firms, Indian banks are turning to Fintech partners for a solution. Valuefy, India’s pioneer investment technology company is leading the digitization charge for market leaders such as Kotak AMC, Reuters, WGC and Aditya Birla Group and helping them deliver the coveted high touch experience to their HNI clients.

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