Decoding Inflation with Financial Planning Software
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.
Asset Management: Exploring digital distribution channels
Since the introduction of reliable self-service channels in the wealth management sector, some asset managers have been contemplating providing digital investment guidance and direct-to-investor models to obtain a low-cost distribution channel. This strategy has its merits in driving down the average cost per acquisition, but the key challenge is to nurture and retain long-term customers. Could digital channels match the teams of physical advisors in terms of quality ?
The Hybrid Wealth Business: Focus on Technology
Modern technology has enabled self-service wealth management where end-customers can investigate, learn and make decisions about their financial situation. This marks the beginning of the democratization of the industry, where seamless guidance through the intricacies of personal finances is available for those who would not previously have the privilege of using the services of a financial advisor. However, combining technological advancements and the human-led service of a financial advisor in many cases leads to a better experience. This effect is achieved through empowering an expert with the tools that help them improve the quality and content of their work to levels previously unachievable. At Kidbrooke, we provide technology enabling financial advisors to build trust and truly future-proof their business models without losing the human connection. In this article, we describe two important elements of the customer experience that a hybrid model could add to any modern physical advisor’s arsenal:
Digital Assets: Should Wealth Managers Go Decentralized?
In March, Mike Winkelmann – the digital artist known as Beeple – took the art world by storm selling an NFT of his work at Christie’s for $69 million. According to the auction house, this sale positioned him among the most valuable living artists. Since this first-of-its-kind transaction, the interest in NFTs (non-fungible-tokens) specifically and digital assets in general has risen dramatically. The wealth management community has received the news with a degree of skepticism – there is a consensus that all things involving blockchain technology are too risky to consider. However, the accelerated digitalization of the economy, the continuous development of distributed ledger technology and the growing ecosystem of players in digital custody, exchange, venture capital signal that the digital assets are here to stay. In today’s blog, we discuss digital assets and their underlying value, the potential impact of the expansion of metaverse on this asset class as well as look into one of the main challenges when it comes to this type of assets – managing uncertainty.