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Chinese FinTech – Hong Kong Fund Management’s Goliath at the Gates

Chinese FinTech – Hong Kong Fund Management’s Goliath at the Gates

7 March 2017

Paul Treanor Hong Kong’s US$2.3 trillion fund management industry has fallen behind in terms of Financial Technology (“FinTech”) driven automation and online offerings. This restricts market growth and results in higher investor costs. For Hong Kong funds, the fax machine is still King and a significant FinTech gap now exists between Hong Kong and Mainland China. The... MORE

Don’t neglect the back office – Digital strategies need to be about more than just websites

18 January 2017

With digitalisation increasingly taking centre stage in everyday life, many financial services firms are looking to improve their digital offering in a bid to appeal to current and prospective clients. However, all too often, companies focus their attention exclusively on developing all-singing, all-dancing websites, based on consistent user experiences, without any corresponding update to their... MORE

Why tech due diligence provides the necessary edge for making M&As succeed

6 December 2016

Tony Collins Completion of mergers or acquisitions rarely happen quickly, given the wealth of due diligence that needs to take place before possible deals are agreed. The potential for entering new markets, cost cuttings via shared supply chains or increased market share, I am sure, will all be meticulously reviewed and weighed throughout the process. However, what... MORE

Super funds move investment management in-house

Super funds move investment management in-house

25 November 2015

Daryl Wright In a superannuation landscape where downward pressure on fees is a constant challenge, an increasing number of funds are seeking to gain a competitive edge by bringing parts of their investment management in-house. Traditionally, Australian super schemes have engaged specialist fund managers to manage money on their behalf across a range of asset classes –... MORE

Big data, big opportunity

Big data, big opportunity

4 May 2015

Despite its high profile and buzzword status – in practice, big data and analytics continues to be underutilised and less than adequately applied by a number of financial services businesses. With such wide recognition, why are companies still missing a trick? Historically, data was most often used as a statement of fact – what has... MORE

Whitepaper – Top 10 trends in the superannuation industry. Why funds must bite the system modernisation bullet.

Whitepaper – Top 10 trends in the superannuation industry. Why funds must bite the system modernisation bullet.

6 November 2014

Darren Stevens Following on from my previous whitepaper on the top 10 trends in life insurance, and with the upcoming ASFA National Conference just around the corner, I thought it timely to look at the superannuation industry next. This whitepaper identifies 10 major trends in the Australian super industry and assesses their future impact on the sector.... MORE

Sharpen your focus

Sharpen your focus

23 July 2014

Increasingly, wealth management businesses are turning to managed services to deliver their administration software and underlying IT infrastructure. The managed services model sees the day-to-day management of an administration system outsourced to a specialist software vendor, leaving businesses free to focus on their strengths. In the past, IT solutions in wealth management typically evolved very... MORE

Selecting software: the start of a long relationship

Selecting software: the start of a long relationship

17 June 2014

Darren Stevens When it comes to selecting a wealth management software application, for many organisations the decision centres on functionality and price. As a key investment for the business, the software platform must be proven to perform to defined standards, and be priced at a level that enables the organisation to operate successfully and profitably, well into... MORE

Building the foundations for post retirement

Building the foundations for post retirement

13 March 2014

Michelle Lusty In Australia, the focus within the superannuation industry for the past thirty years has been on accumulation of savings. Over that period, product development has been driven by accumulation needs, and super funds have focussed on acquiring members saving for their retirement. Product differences between accumulation and post retirement products mean that many retirement products... MORE

Superannuation and the future: the role of technology

Superannuation and the future: the role of technology

12 February 2014

Catherine Musgrave The shape of the superannuation industry in Australia has changed remarkably over the past twenty five years, since the introduction of the Super Guarantee Charge in 1992. Originally just three per cent of salary was mandated to be invested in superannuation. In 2014 this has risen to 9.25 per cent and is scheduled to continue... MORE