Recently we have been out and about doing one of my favourite things; exhibiting at events. The reason it’s one of my favourite things is I always find these events so inspiring and motivating.
When considering the future of financial planning, many believe the industry is facing a ‘perfect storm’. This is forcing changes to the way financial planners and their businesses operate. Increased regulation resulting from the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) and MIFID II, as well as uncertain market conditions, are seeing financial planners transform the way they work.
We’ve long championed the role that technology can play in the financial advice profession here at Intelliflo. And why wouldn’t we? Our business management software, Intelligent Office, is used by about a third of the UK financial advice profession, with our technology sitting at the heart of those firms’ operations.
I saw some interesting statistics in a recent communication from Platforum, relating to how robo advice is evolving to increase its commercial viability. The statistics, taken from Platforum’s European Consumer Insights report, reveal that just 18% of European investors are open to using pure robo advice yet almost three times as many would use it if some sort of human advice is also available.
Whilst awareness of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has certainly improved in early 2018 – how can it not have, given the coverage the regulation is receiving? – there is still work to be done for UK financial advice firms in getting ready for 25 May.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is looming large on the horizon now, with 25 May edging ever closer. One of the more keenly debated aspects of the regulation is what firms should do with the data that they hold on individuals. Doing nothing is not an option and processes and procedures for data handling, at a minimum, require reviewing. Beyond that, how should data be handled and processed, and when should it be retained or deleted?
Can you benefit from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? With the regulation set to bring about fundamental changes to the rights that people have over how their personal data is processed, it is causing the UK financial advice industry a lot of work and, seemingly, a lot of concern.