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I have been working on an infographic to clearly document the evolution and emergence of digital wealth industry, e.g., wealth management, asset management, private banking, and brokerage, around the globe. More recently I have been asked to include companies that offer retirement and pension products, and after thinking about it, I decided to do it as saving & investing takes place throughout our lifecycles; it’s not limited to specific period of our lives, but rather wealthtech, investtech, insurtech and rettech (short for retirement technology) are part of our daily lives Since last year I have published several updates of the original timeline which is still available as a picture or as a PDF file. I have been working with the timeline for a very long time, and I have received a lot of encouraging feedback as people have found it to be useful. At the same time, some people have…

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I just stumbled across this pretty interesting article about the ongoing mutual fund fee dispersion and especially the quite evident decrease in mutual fund and ETF fees. Some past academic research, such as Iannotta and Navone (2012) and Haslem (2015), has already pointed out that there is no straightforward answer to the question why mutual fund fee dispersion exists, and whether there is an overall trend towards lower fund fees. But there is substantial evidence showing that mutual fund expense ratios have been in decline for the past two decades and there is a similar phenomenon going on in both actively managed and index mutual funds. 1)See: Collins, S. & Duvall, D. (2016). “Trends in the Expenses and Fees of Funds, 2016“ ICI Research Perspective 23(3) Furthermore, as Cooper, Halling, and Yang (2009) argue, there is “an important and multi-dimensional puzzle regarding the fees charged in the mutual fund industry.” Hu,…

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We all probably agree that the landscape of wealth management is globally being shaped radically by many interconnected trends. The wealth management industry has faced various mutually intertwined pressures that have been growing over the past decade, with global macroeconomic tailwinds, rapidly changing the technology landscape, significant monetary policies, evermore demanding customers, and the avalanche of regulatory and compliance requirements. It has become ever-more increasingly challenging to create shared value. While these make it hard for new entrants to enter the market, various technological advancements are breaking barriers to market entry and enabling new things to emerge. The rise and evolution of the robo-advisors and other forms of digital wealth management is one of the most exciting trends that is being currently discussed and deservedly so. These things are forcing incumbents to rediscover their who’s and why’s – who are our customers and what do we offer to them. In…

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