Knowledge Base Articles

Personal Accident Insurance: Would My Savings Suffice?

Today’s case study examines a real-life experience of a Swedish family who struggled to receive adequate help from the local wealth management service providers.

Skandia Case Study II: Building Channel-Agnostic Wealth Experiences

Skandia strives to build communication channels in a digital space that would match the physical experiences in engagement levels and even improve the service quality in a way that has not been achievable before.

Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory: Expected Utility Optimisation

The modern wealth management industry still relies on the 50-year-old approaches to portfolio management, widely popularized by Markowitz's Modern Portfolio Theory (1952). Despite heavy criticism within the academic circles, the alternative methods remain undeservingly overlooked in practice. In the context of the modern leap for hyper-customization, we look into one of the alternatives to Modern Portfolio Theory in greater detail - the Utility-based approach.

Part I - Portfolio Construction - Parameter & Model Uncertainty

There is a number of challenges associated with portfolio construction based on historical data. This three-part article series explores some of the most common issues attributed to the model-based portfolio optimization: the sensitivity to changes in data, large variations in portfolio weights and the bad out-of-sample performance.

Hierarchical Clustering: Prediction of Systematic Underperformance

As machine learning methods grow in use and popularity, we explore yet another dimension of wealth management that our experts consider fit for applying such frameworks. In this article, we deploy hierarchical clustering to find more consistent ways of predicting the relative future performance of funds.

Part III: Asset and Liability Management Using LSMC - Allocation Optimisation

In the third and concluding article in the ALM using LMSC series, we focus on analyzing the optimal asset allocations in the context of changing asset classes as well as finding the optimal allocation by maximizing the risk-adjusted net asset value. The estimates based on the LSMC method are then compared to the estimates obtained from the full nested Monte Carlo method.

Blog Articles

Be seen to be believed: Using financial simulation to inspire your clients

Remembering her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth the II, she often said that her public appearances were important because “I must be seen to be believed.” How can wealth managers help clients visualize their financial plans? Using technology to simulate different scenarios, provide analytics and keep clients engaged is one way to proceed.

Decoding inflation with OutRank®: Informing customers how rising prices impact their finances

As European energy prices break new records, many consumers wake up to a significantly altered financial outlook. This change occurs through multiple factors. First, the increase in household outgoings makes living costs less manageable. Second, as central banks strike an increasingly hawkish tone to keep inflation expectations from spiralling out of control, rising interest rates make it more difficult for borrowers to service their mortgages

Forecast: The Core Ingredient of Engaging Financial Experiences

It has been a few years since digital transformation appeared on the priority list of the financial industry executives. While the evolutionary process of tapping into the latest technology is continuous, the pandemic has accelerated it dramatically. Even the most conservative branches, such as wealth management, now contemplates transforming their businesses into more digitalised operations. Some financial advisors embrace innovation wholeheartedly, reaping all the benefits and facing all the risks of early adoption, while others take a more cautious strategy. OutRank® advocates an incremental, forecast-driven approach when building digital journeys for your customers or financial planners, regardless of where your competitors are in their digital transformation efforts. At Kidbrooke®, we provide Forecast, the module of OutRank®, which delivers predictive forecasting functionality applicable to various financial planning use cases and digital journey elements.

Three Emerging Business Models for Embedded Wealth

The rise of buy-now-pay-later unicorns such as Klarna and the dominance of payment solutions in the fintech agenda hint on the overarching embedded finance trend, the practice of incorporating financial services into other businesses in relevant contexts. Although the economic downturn poses significant challenges to the fintech industry, it is likely that we shall see more solutions within the embedded finance space. Today we focus on embedded wealth, another subsector of this industry.