Technology provider relationships ‘at risk’

Advisers are increasingly searching for better value from their software and platform providers, a new report released by Investment Trends shows.

The May 2016 Planner Technology Report, which surveyed over 800 financial planners, indicates that the number of advisers and investors looking to switch their software or platform provider has grown over the calendar year ending May 2016.

The number of individuals looking to change their software provider reached 19 per cent, and those looking for a new platform provider reached even higher, at 23 per cent.

Investment Trends’ head of research for wealth management, Recep Peker, said a driving factor in this was the search for better value for money “amidst a weak return environment”.

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“Providers can remain competitive in this environment by demonstrating value for money,” he said.

Throughout the past year, lower fees grew to become the second most desirable improvement for platforms, with ease of use being the number one.

“One of the key challenges affecting providers in the current environment has been the increased mandatory expenditure on compliance; this means it’s especially important to be responsive to planners’ needs with the remaining development spend,” Mr Peker said.

Technology provider relationships ‘at risk’
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