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How can super funds remain competitive in an API-dominated world?

How can super funds remain competitive in an API-dominated world?

2 July 2018

Scott Kendall Fintech is often viewed as a disruptive factor for superannuation funds. When you consider where fintech firms have concentrated their activity in Australia, it is clear they have singled out more lucrative industries, such as the retail sector. With tech giants such as Google and Amazon yet to turn their full attention towards Australia’s superannuation... MORE

The changing face of the financial advice market

The changing face of the financial advice market

13 June 2018

Freddie Findlater Post RDR, if you were to think about client segmentation within the financial advice industry it was likely as simple as those who had more than £100,000 to invest and those who did not – with providers arguing that the cost of servicing those clients below the threshold had become too high.  Of course, there... MORE

How automation differentiates your financial services firm from the rest

How automation differentiates your financial services firm from the rest

5 June 2018

Marwan Kansoh For many businesses, optimizing operations and processes is a real struggle. Not doing so usually leads to loss of productivity, service agreement breaches and increased costs. For wealth management and financial service providers, success relies on the quality of the service you provide to the end-user. This is why automating your processes through workflows, DevOps... MORE

Investing in next generation technology is a strategic imperative

Investing in next generation technology is a strategic imperative

1 June 2018

Kirsty Worgan An often-one-sided debate has flared over the past year about whether the investment that platforms make in technology upgrades is economical. Recently, industry commentator Heather Hopkins of consultancy practice NextWealth, produced a more balanced article on “re-platforming” for New Model Adviser. As one of the main suppliers of those systems, I am sure it will... MORE

Five innovation opportunities for the wealth management and insurance sector from open banking

Five innovation opportunities for the wealth management and insurance sector from open banking

18 April 2018

Rob Gagliardi Giving away personal information/data has always felt like a slight invasion of privacy. Having your information then shared to a third party makes many very uncomfortable. Privacy laws are stringent and for good reason, but has the introduction of open banking changed the way many industries will use and share data? Open banking, introduced in... MORE

Saving and the self-employed – how technology can be used to deliver a better retirement

Saving and the self-employed – how technology can be used to deliver a better retirement

6 April 2018

Freddie Findlater “Dare to be bold” was the rallying cry from Guy Opperman, Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion as the ABI’s Savings Tech Sprint got underway last week. The two-day industry event hosted by the Association of British Insurers, the Department for Work & Pensions, HM Treasury and involving close to one hundred delegates from technology... MORE

Four Auto Enrolment issues to address with contributions set to rise

4 April 2018

Natanje Holt With AE contributions set to rise from next month, Natanje Holt picks out four auto-enrolment issues the financial services sector must address sooner rather than later to ensure opt-out rates remain low. So far, the introduction of auto-enrolment has been considered a success. Opt-out rates have remained low and this should only be seen as... MORE

Life insurance evolution: The biggest obstacle Life Insurers must overcome to achieve growth and innovation

Life insurance evolution: The biggest obstacle Life Insurers must overcome to achieve growth and innovation

6 March 2018

David Loader Rapid change is occurring across the life insurance industry. New legislation and self-regulation, the sale and consolidation of several existing life insurers, and the ongoing development and introduction of new technology is redefining the life insurance space as we know it. While new technologies are enabling companies to engage with customers in ways previously unavailable,... MORE

Does size really matter for platform success?

Does size really matter for platform success?

21 December 2017

Freddie Findlater Platforms are chasing assets in order to achieve scale but the winners of the future will need more than that. The importance of scale is one of the key topics of conversation in the platform industry. Scale brings some clear benefits to platforms, such as allowing them to charge consumers less, providing the means of... MORE

Hong Kong’s US$46 Billion ETF Market – Prepare for the Chinese ‘ETF Connect’ Wave

Hong Kong’s US$46 Billion ETF Market – Prepare for the Chinese ‘ETF Connect’ Wave

23 November 2017

Paul Treanor The launch of ETF Connect should drive significant monetary flows into HK ETFs from Chinese investors starved of international market exposure, potentially acting as the catalyst for a new era of growth for the Hong Kong ETF market. The deal, an exclusive cross-border scheme which will enable millions of investors in mainland China to purchase... MORE