In the realm of wealth management, the concept of personalisation has rapidly evolved from being a mere preference to becoming a necessity.
This transformation has been expedited by the increasing demand for customised financial strategies, emphasising the significance of tailored portfolios for investors worldwide.
With the support of data-driven insights, wealth management firms realise that a generic approach no longer suffices, propelling the industry into an era of highly individualised services.
As wealth generation and accumulation continue to accelerate, particularly in burgeoning markets such as Asia, clients’ affluence, adoption of digital technologies, and intricate financial requirements have sculpted the wealth management landscape into a complex, ever-changing, and fiercely competitive field.
Amid this dynamic landscape, we have the opportunity to sit down with Ian W. Lloyd, Chief Digital Officer at Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad, to better understand how these forces are shaping the industry and how the investment bank is charting its course through these uncharted waters.
The rapid growth of the wealth management market in Asia
The affluent and mass-affluent segments in Asia are reaching a tipping point, with households having investable assets of US$100,000 to US$1 million projected to reach US$4.7 trillion by 2026, up from US$2.7 trillion in 2021.
Malaysia mirrors this expansive growth, its wealth management sector reflecting the more significant trends of the Asian market.
The affluent demographic, possessing over 88 percent of the nation’s total onshore liquid assets, is on an upward trajectory, anticipated to achieve a valuation of US$1.3 trillion by 2026.
This growth symbolises the vast potential and opportunities burgeoning within the Malaysian wealth management landscape.
The Digital and AI advantage
While the growing wealth represents an opportunity, the core of the modern wealth management evolution is digital.
Embracing digital and AI-enabled tools is no longer a mere advantage but a requisite for success in wealth management. Firms are tasked with leveraging data and technology to deliver scalable, tailored advice, enhance product offerings, and improve regulatory compliance.
However, the journey is fraught with challenges in data integration, adoption, and implementation of advanced technologies like AI and machine learning.
Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad, conscious of these shifts, is at the forefront of integrating digital tools and AI in its services.
Ian shared, “Our robo-advisor platform, Kenanga Digital Investing (KDI), is a testament to our commitment to digital and AI-assisted products, offering a diversified investment portfolio to both new and seasoned investors.”
Crafting individual journeys
Investing is inherently individualised, with each investor boasting unique goals and objectives. Recognising this diversity, the wealth management landscape is evolving, emphasising the imperative for personalisation.
The cornerstone of this evolution is the understanding that clients desire personalised, accessible services that align with their unique financial aspirations.
“We continuously explore new products, services, and channels to meet the evolving needs of our diverse customer base. Our wealth-focused Super App is a testament to our dedication to providing personalised, anywhere, anytime services,” said Ian of Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad’s approach.
Striking the balance between client retention and acquisition
In a landscape where approximately 30 percent of investors are contemplating transitioning from their current wealth management providers, firms face the intricate task of balancing client retention and acquisition.
The multifaceted reasons behind this potential shift range from dissatisfaction with fees and product offerings to service quality and digital capabilities.
Wealth management firms are recalibrating their strategies to offer differentiated propositions, value-added services, and seamless experiences to navigate this.
Ian delineated Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad’s comprehensive strategy, “Our focus is on developing a plethora of new products and services, reaching our clients through trusted agents and remisiers, thereby ensuring the maintenance of high service standards while scaling personalised wealth management.”
In an era where personalisation is intertwined with data-driven insights, safeguarding client data and respecting privacy preferences is paramount.
Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad stands firm on consent-based data sharing and analytics principles, implementing robust technical controls and ethical guidelines. A dedicated team of professionals oversees customer data’s secure and ethical use, ensuring the foundation of trust is unwavering.
“Security and privacy are pillars of our operations. Our approach to data is underpinned by consent, and we employ stringent controls such as encryption to ensure the sanctity of our customers’ data”, emphasised Ian.
Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad’s vision
As Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad sails through the currents of wealth management, the firm’s commitment to innovation, personalisation, and digital adoption is unwavering.
With initiatives like its Super App and KDI, the investment bank is not just adapting but redefining client engagement and setting industry benchmarks.
Ian shared, “We are continuously at the forefront of innovation, exploring avenues to meet the diverse needs of our clients. Our digital platforms transform client engagement, and our commitment to personalisation is reflected in every service we offer.”
As Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad navigates the future of wealth management, it remains committed to personalisation and digital adoption, continuously innovating to meet the diverse needs of its clientele.
In recognition of its innovative strides, Kenanga Group is the gold sponsor for The Fintech Frontiers Awards and Conference Malaysia, a platform designed to honour and celebrate the remarkable achievements and groundbreaking innovations of fintech companies and individuals in the country.
This sponsorship underscores Kenanga’s dedication to fostering fintech innovation and its commitment to shaping the future of wealth management in Malaysia and beyond.
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