You are probably familiar with the adage “Failure to plan is planning to fail.” It’s as true today as when Benjamin Franklin first said it. Of course in order to have a plan, you need to have options to consider. And, right now, when it comes to succession planning in the wealth management space, choices can be limited for financial advisors who are considering a succession. For all the worry surrounding the potential impact of artificial intelligence on wealth management, demographics may prove to be the real disruptor for the industry. You have most likely seen the statistics that bear this out: the average financial advisor’s age is 58. Almost 40% of financial advisors are planning to leave the industry in the next 10 years. Upwards of 70% of advisors don’t have a succession plan. There are more advisors over age 80 than under age 30. That’s a lot of [...]
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The Right Stuff: How Wealthtech Can Amp Up a Firm’s Value Proposition With Recruits by Jeff Nash, Founder & CEO, BridgeMark Strategies August 1, 2023 When it comes to winning the battle for the best advisors, technology plays a critical role. Constant innovation, including the growing presence of artificial intelligence (AI), only adds to the complexities for firms intent on creating a tech offering that will resonate with high-producing advisors and teams – during the transition process and beyond. Fortunately, the plethora of wealthtech and regtech solutions ease onboarding and offer scale and support to advisors after they’ve made the move. Indeed, the sheer volume of options can be considered a challenge! What technologies add gravitas to a firm’s value proposition? Well, that depends on the goals of the advisor and the firm. Solutions that facilitate a seamless transition, offer plug-and-play capabilities, create ongoing efficiencies, deliver comprehensive compliance solutions, elevate [...]
If you’ve ever asked Alexa to play Baby Shark 10 times in a row to quiet an agitated toddler or relied on your car’s navigation system to get you where you’re going, you are already on the AI bandwagon. However, as AI’s capabilities grow – seemingly exponentially – so do the concerns about its immediate and long-term effects on our professional and personal lives. Like most industries, the wealth management space has already been impacted by AI. And why wouldn’t it? AI offers productivity, precision and cost efficiencies. It helps businesses operate more effectively, scale more quickly, analyze data more accurately and calculate faster. It’s a tool – a powerful resource that may prove to be a great equalizer, closing the service gaps between large-scale enterprises and their smaller counterparts. The question now becomes one of degree. If past is prologue, technological disruptions like AI are a long-term positive. In [...]