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Wealthy Decision Dilemmas

June 2016 / burningpants

Wealth managers are approaching a crossroads as increasing discontent among high net worth investors over servicing levels and the cost of financial advice create fertile conditions for automated advice models to thrive.

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Bumbling Along

June 2016 / burningpants

Optimists have a tendency to hail the notion of boundlessness as well as the absence of limits. Unfortunately in reality, constraints and limits do exist – sometimes this is good and other times less so.

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Geiger Counter-Fear

June 2016 / burningpants

There are two broad themes impacting investors globally at present; hysteresis and uncertainty. Arguably there is a third background theme of financial repression, but if we focus on the two main themes of hysteresis and uncertainty and deal with the latter first.

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Bright Touch Regulation?

June 2016 / burningpants

The UK’s thriving fintech scene can be seen as a shining example of what can be achieved by loosening the shackles of regulation and allowing companies to operate with creative and strategic freedom. But fintech players are perhaps advised to enjoy the regulatory honeymoon while it lasts.

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Ice Cream Anyone?

May 2016 / burningpants

Anyone can sell ice cream in the summer but doing so in November when the environment has turned frosty and appetite is limited is a very different proposition altogether.

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Latest Research

It’s been widely mooted for the past decade but the time is nigh for the start of a prolonged period of consolidation in the UK investment platforms market. With regulatory change putting further pressure on advisers’ day-to-day business operations, many in the industry believe the winners and losers in the platform space, at least in the short term, will be determined by niche offerings or services. Technological improvements may become the key to further consolidation as updated systems make platform integration faster and simpler.
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UK Fintech
July 2016
Fintech firms — usually small, start-up companies using innovative software solutions to offer an array of financial services — are spreading like a virus and threaten to infect the entire financial system. The question now is whether traditional market sectors such as banking and financial advice will have the resistance to fight – or embrace – the fintech virus or otherwise succumb to the disruption it brings. This paper will look at the growth of the sector and how it has been supported by a progressive regulatory regime.
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UK HNW Research
June 2016
2016 has not been smooth sailing for the financial services industry, much less the investors who rely on it. Many events have contributed to this situation, including but not limited to: concerns over monetary policy, worries about Chinese growth rates, emerging markets, geopolitical instability and the rise of populist politics. This report seeks to investigate these perceptions by focusing on the upper echelon of the investor spectrum, high net worth (HNW) investors who have net investable wealth exceeding £1 million.
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