Robo-advice platforms’ capacities are expected to continue growing in the coming year, according to Finovate, expanding their functionality to include broader wealth management functions and cater to high-net-worth customers.
The “myriad” financial needs facing Millennials, coupled with increasing longevity risk confronting older investors, has driven change in the robo-advice space, Finovate research analyst David Penn said, with the improving abilities of such services now extending beyond “traditional boundaries”.
“The growing capacity of robo-advisers to help manage other aspects of personal finance supports a more expansive view of wealth management and financial planning,” he said.
“This includes everything from health care planning, insurance, even real estate, education and leisure.”
As robo-advice becomes “both more sophisticated and more accepted”, high-net-worth investors are increasingly making use of these services to manage parts of their finances, Mr Penn said.
“Catering to high-net-worth clients, according to some, involves both greater technological sophistication on the part of robo-advisors as well as more extensive customer service,” he said.
“Specifically, high net worth clients may require access to more complex investment vehicles, including non-equity investments, as well as more advanced rebalancing and tax harvesting than the average investor.”
Fintech services designed to help high-net-worth individuals manage their wealth are already emerging on the market, Mr Penn said, adding that high-net-worth individuals already using these services had increased their investment from 5 per cent to 20 per cent in the last two years alone.
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