Sameer Datye explores wealth democratization as part of his 10-part series on wealth management trends.
From an investment advisory perspective, there has always been a lopsided focus on wealthy people and institutions. However, 3 main catalysts have increasingly started correcting this concentration of attention and widened the field more: market demand, availability of instrument and technology as an enabler.
The non-traditional instruments have been gathering a lot of interest, and rightly so. The following chart compares the percentage return of non-traditional instruments against traditional markets over the last decade. In fact, according to Prequin, global alternative assets are likely to surpass 14 trillion USD by 2023.
People are not rushing to invest money in pink diamonds or antique cars. Nevertheless, hedging strategies are certainly gaining traction with these “weird” investments. Furthermore, coat-tailing (copying large successful investment strategies), self-service simulations, social investing is easily possible with state-of-the-art, specialised and affordable digital tools.
Democratization of wealth is not a fad but a very real reality, which seems to accelerate all the time. We will see more willingness to support a broader retail consumer. By cutting the clutter, simplifying hitherto complex investments and making these options available & viable, early movers amongst the incumbent financial institutions will continue to explore alternative investment options. Challengers on the other end are already exploiting this opportunity.
TietoEVRY has been making pioneering efforts to catch latest trends. WealthMapper is a modular digital toolkit that utilises the latest developments in technology and distribution to speed up innovation and time-to-market. This empowers financial institutions to create meaningful conversations with their customer and offer self-service tools to their customers. Feel free to reach out to me for further details.
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Sameer is responsible for insurance and wealth solutions. He actively promotes open ecosystem thinking that powers our WealthMapper and Insurance-in-a-Box platforms. At TietoEVRY, he has a long experience of working within the Healthcare, Insurance and Wealth domains. Prior to this, he worked as a product manager and a brand manager in the food, processing and packaging industry. He is passionate about translating technology innovations to business reality leading to better quality of human life.