Empirica presented robo advisory software at FinTech Connect Live in London

Empirica took part in the biggest FinTech Event in Europe with almost 2500 attendees from 44 countries and 145 exhibitors & partners, taking place in London this December (6th & 7th). FinTech Connect Live combined a large scale expo, with 180 experts speaking in 120 dedicated conferences focusing on different FinTech subsectors, like WealthTech, InsurTech or PayTech with strategic discussion based sessions, keynote presentations, product demos and interactive workshops.

fintech-connect-live-2016Empirica proudly presented own white label solutions like an intelligent Robo-Advisory Platform, Algorithmic Trading Engine and FinTech Software Framework as well as development services among both tech giants and brand new start ups with sophisticated niche product offerings. Anyone interested in speaking with Empirica about building the bespoke FinTech solution behind own service could meet our team at the stand. We shared experiences gained for over 6 years of developing solutions for financial institutions and FinTech companies, including robo-advisors. We ran many interesting conversations about new market trends and needs, specially in wealth management space. Our Robo-Advisory Platform received huge attention from asset managers and investment companies participating in the event.

Empirica presented also company showcase demo at the showcase theater. While presenting our experiences, CEO of Empirica illustrated the most important issues of building tailored FinTech software.

fintech-connect-live-2016-sDuring the conference there were many interesting presentations and panel discussions about future trends of robo advice and advancements in the fields of InvesTech and WealthTech and other FinTech sessions like: the future of banking, blockchain rising, opportunities and risks in the data economy in FinTech, crowdfunding & P2P lending.

Thank you to all the participants who visited us at our stand or watched our showcase demo presentation! 

Empirica Team

 

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Reasons for asset managers to implement robo advisor software

The disruptive changes introduced by FinTech companies bring threats but also show where the opportunities can be found. With the advent of automated wealth management solutions, the traditional wealth management industry is facing perhaps its most disruptive threat since low-cost online stock trading in the mid 1990s.

Most wealth management companies now have a prime opportunity to apply robo-advisory technology to respond on time to the growing expectations of existing and future investors (the Millennials) and to stay more cost-efficient and profitable even in lower fees environment.

Main reasons to implement robo-advisory platform:

  • To broaden the market for clients whose assets are below the minimum requirement now by traditional advising. Robo-advisors can offer the investors regular access to financial tools that have been reserved for high net worth investors. Automated advisory platforms allow the advisory firms to scale up operations and serve more clients of every size and type.
  • To stay profitable in the lower fees environment. Automated advisory platforms allow advisory firms to remain profitable and be significantly more cost-efficient in their advice delivery and execution even if fees decline. Low fees are an undeniable advantage in the eye of the customer. Many investors are ready to opt out of human advisors in exchange for lower costs and access to advanced services offered only for wealthier customers so far.
  • To work with Millennial Investors – a largely untapped source of assets. Digital advice attracts millennial generations of customers in a natural way. Millennials have two major characteristics: they are both accustomed to the online life, and usually do not have sufficient knowledge about investing. According to Accenture, almost 40% of Millennials are interested in robo-advice and their predisposition is to “do-it-yourself-through-an-app”.
  • To address growing expectations on the level of the service. Providing the investors with real time information on their assets in an engaging way saves time and is more convenient to them.
  • To attract investors by providing user portfolios aligned with their life goals instead of products of the advisor. Robo-advisory platforms give the visualization of balance projection and show the investor dependencies between the answers from the on-boarding questionnaire, risk profile, proposed investment strategy and long term financial goals.
  • To benefit as a manager from behavioural analysis of customer activities in the system to help them get a better deal with emotional aspects of investing.
  • To aim for transparency, especially when presenting the robo-advisor’s pricing, product and process information.

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Empirica at FinTech Connect Live in London

Empirica takes part in the FinTech Connect Live! this December 6th & 7th in London. This is the most important event in a FinTech space, where finance meets technology. Empirica joined the Advisory Board of this annual global FinTech undertaking.

Were you can meet us?

 

On the Showcase Demo (7th Dec., 11:50 am)

Empirica will shortly present Robo-Advisory Technology for financial advisors as well as FinTech development services. We would like to invite to our presentation: Technology for Robo-Advisors – how to build great software behind your FinTech service?

While presenting our advanced Robo-Advisory Platform, CEO of Empirica will illustrate most important issues of building tailored FinTech software. We will share experiences we have gained for over 6 years of developing solutions for financial institutions and FinTech companies, including robo-advisors. We’d love to welcome all FinTech innovators interested in how properly implemented technology can move their businesses forward.

On our stand number 83

Anyone interested in speaking with Empirica about building the FinTech solution behind own service can meet our team on the stand.

– “FinTech Connect Live creates a global community of FinTech StartUps, financial institutions and investors, where we can exchange thoughts and experiences. That’s why this is a second time Empirica takes part with great interest in this event. Last year we presented our Algorithmic Trading Platform, which is the heart of our robo solution we are going to present this year. I am looking forward to speak with financial advisors who want to go robo as well as any FinTech StartUp about how to build great software behind FinTech service and quickly intruduce it to the market.” – Michał Różański, CEO of Empirica.

If you are interested in setting up an appointment with our team during the FinTech Connect Live, just let us know at: [email protected].

 

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TOP trends and challenges in wealth management

Robo-Advice is not about tomorrow anymore. It’s about today.

A robo-advisor is an online wealth management service that provides automated, algorithm-based portfolio management advice without the use of human financial planners. Robo-advisors are typically low-cost, have low account minimums, and attract younger investors who are more comfortable doing things online. The idea made sense to many, and robo-advisors quickly gained market traction. Full-service, high-value-added, person-to-person activity isn’t for everybody. There are generations of tomorrow’s investors coming through today, who are more attracted to something less person-to-person and more technologically enabled.

The rapid rise of Robo-Advisors

Robo-Advice is changing the landscape of global wealth management. Historically, investment management was the purview of the wealthy. With robo-advisors flooding the investment markets, offering low-fee, diversified professional management, the investing landscape is evolving.

The number of robo-advisors is growing rapidly. New consumer brands are emerging in the digital wealth management industry such as Betterment, Wealthfront and Personal Capital.

In its report, BI Intelligence forecasts that robo-advisors will manage around $8 trillion of total global assets under management (AUM) by 2020.

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         TOP trends and challenges in wealth management for the next years

  1. Robo-advisors disrupt the wealth management industry. In the near future, advisors that will wait for the transition to robo-advisor will lose out. Investors will migrate towards those lower-fee providers with technology platforms.
  2. We observe the strong influence of technology within the entire investing environment. Many investors trust technology and expect 24/7 access and reporting.
  3. The competition increases rapidly. New consumer brands of pure robo-advisors appear in the digital wealth management industry, while traditional financial advisors ‘go robo’ as well.
  4. New regulations are directly impacting the financial advisory industry and driving companies to offer robo services as a way to meet the requirements.
  5. Investors increase pressure to lower fees. Robo-Advisors serve a wider range of customers and allow to stay profitable in lower fees environment.
  6. Artificial Intelligence enters the robo-advisory industry and could be the strongest competitive advantage. Robo-Advisors soon will offer more diversified investment products.

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About Robo Advisors at Sibos 2016

There was an interesting panel discussion at Sibos 2016 in Geneva with Silvan Schumacher, CEO of Swanest, Michael Mellinghoff foundder of Techfluence, Paolo Sironi author of Fintech Innovation (good read, besides, I am in the middle).
Short summary of main points:
  • advantages of robo – real time information on how my portfolio is doing and what I should do next
  • what drives money to the fund – absolute performance? No Marketing and User Experience
  • what robo changes is putting users portfolios in the center that are allingned with goals of the customer, it’s not about products anymore
  • many people leave asset managers not beacouse of poor performance but because of poor service
  • greatest contributor to alpha is cost reduciton
  • there are currently over 50 robo advisors in Europe, best have 100mio AUM
  • there are 150 robo advisors in the world
  • 80% of actively managed funds do not beat the benchmark, they should not be in the market

Interestingly, no one was brave enough to give sure anwser how digital asset management would like in 2025. No suprise as things are happening so fast.

 

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Are ICOs the new future of start-ups?

An ICO is a form of financing commonly known as ‘token sales’ That is particularly favourable for early-stage companies. These forthcoming business concepts are valued via artificially created currencies that, theoretically, can be quantified in terms of riches in the long run — when the thought starts making money. There’s not anything more than a guarantee that the business in question has a renewable future beforehand — no feasibility studies are undertaken. Nevertheless, investors are jumping on this bandwagon in great amounts, providing this tendency increasing momentum.

Gnosis, the decentralized prediction marketplace platform, increased Over $12.5 million at a Dutch token offering in just 15 minutes. Investors rushed to obtain Gnosis tokens (worth 250,000 Ether), which subsequently had the project valued at a whopping $300 million almost immediately. Money has been set down, not for the final product, but for a forecast, which was sufficient to kick-start the plan.

It has amassed over $1.3 billion to date this season for tech start-ups. In fact, in a number of the offerings, demand surpassed the amount of tokens available.

ICOs Happen in an intangible network, where cash is created, exchanged, and disposed of in the cloud. Cryptocurrencies are not anything more than a fixed variety of entries in a database which exist on a peer-to-peer digital money system, which is decentralized. These transactional entries are made and saved in blockchain engineering, with encryption methods being used to restrict the production of financial transfers and units. They are transactions that are initiated, accepted, confirmed, and shared by a community of peers at the ‘crypto-world.’

Start-ups interested in an ICO may create their own Cryptocurrency utilizing protocols such as Ethereum, Counterparty, or Openledger, and establish a value dependent on the amount of money a job is required to deliver to achieve the roadmap outlined in its whitepaper. This post is like a mini pattern that summarizes the project (what it’s about, what its objectives are, its conclusion milestones, the amount of funds required, the duration of the campaign, and the kind of money okay), providing a prospectus into the market to create interest. The secret is getting the people to like and believe in the thought, even though nothing yet exists in real form to show its feasibility or potential prospects. People worldwide are then able to buy the newly made tokens in exchange for established cryptocurrencies, such as Ether (ETH) or Bitcoins (BTC).

Interested investors may open their accounts on electronic currency exchange platforms and begin trading BTC and ETH for a variety of tokens for new projects. ICOs normally persist for a week or so, during which the price of the token fluctuates according to the arrangement set up from the issuers. For instance, the price can remain static to achieve a specific goal or financing goal for your undertaking. However, issuers might want to match the static provide with dynamic pricing, where the price of tokens increases in tandem with the amount of financing received. A third model might have a static cost set with a dynamic supply — for instance, where the worth of ETH 1 is set upon the inception of a token. This will continue until the startup reaches its funding target.

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ICOs can involve multiple rounds of fundraising, together with the this incentives investors to place their money in as early as possible to reap the maximum benefit.

Tokens do not give investors any ownership rights or asset claims. Rather, they behave as bearer instruments, providing users rights about the particular project itself, not to the company that’s launching the project. While owning the tokens doesn’t entitle their holders to vote on the direction of this job, these rights are embedded within the ICO itself, in which engaging investors give input throughout the project’s lifespan. Users may be paid for a right prediction or to receive the content they contribute through a proposal. Investors get involved in these types of actions in anticipation that the value of tokens belonging to successful projects will grow drastically, generating a greater yield on their investments.

There’s no doubt that ICOs have become highly popular, not Just with fintech start-ups, but with individuals from all walks of life. They look ideal for anybody who would like to raise capital quickly for an idea. There are a variety of motives for this. Mainly, it is the speed at which money could be raised to get a project that exists solely as a vision — that in contrast to VC financing, where shareholders will run greater examination on the direction dynamics, market size, potential dangers etc.. The simple fact that this is largely an unregulated field also make ICOs attractive in terms of there being few or no duties and costs for compliance. For example, ICOs provide their issuers with numerous rounds of fundraising, with few (if any) intermediaries. These token earnings are likewise not subject to direct taxation, with shareholders being liable to cover only capital gains taxation, depending upon the jurisdiction. What makes this process much more appealing is the ease with which cryptocurrency tokens can be made, used in trades, and traded thanks to technological growth. Issuers might no longer need to mine with complicated codes to use this kind of funding.

But entrepreneurs are not the only winners. Investors also Enjoy taking part in ICOs for a variety of factors. This includes the opportunity to create enormous profits, which may be seen by the huge yields in 2016 from Monero and NEM start-ups. ICOs also offer greater liquidity, which isn’t readily accessible VC funding where exit options may be minimal. Here, profits could be pulled out easily by converting cryptocurrencies into Bitcoins or Ether, and then into fiat money. Platforms such as Coinbase, Kraken, Poloniex, and Yunbi allow investors to market their electronic riches and obtain quick returns on investments as costs vary drastically through the day.

$25 million using its ICO. While the company had already raised $20 million from traditional VCs, additionally, it raised capital through tokens for its product Omise Go — a decentralized payment system that allows users to share money without having to deal with maintaining a bank account and incurring support or cross-border charges. Omise Go’s initial services will go live from Q4 of 2017, where nominal holders can earn money by being a part of the network.

The ICO marketplace has grown at an exponential rate over the Past couple of months. The risk that this might be another bubble, like the dotcom Crash in 2000, has generated unease. Regulators particularly believe that such a highly open market is more likely to extreme volatility. It’s a dynamic place, where numerous tokens could be made and filtered out every day. Too much need by investors (due to speculation) can lead to tragedy. The rapid development Of ICOs as a source of financing is exciting but the sustainability of ICOs and Cryptocurrencies as a whole has yet to be proven.

Free version of Algorithmic Trading Platform for retail investors

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In paid versions we offer the execution of algorithms in robust server side architecture.

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How traditional asset managers GO ROBO. Omni-channel advice and hybrid-robos.

As the robo-advice industry grows it is attracting the attention of traditional asset management firms. These companies want to offer what their clients need — easy money management — while at the exact same time attract more funds to manage. Today they may be losing assets to the startup robo-advisor firms. Last year, Fidelity Investments, Charles Schwab Corp. and The Vanguard Group have either created their own digital services unit or partnered with an existing robo business. We are sure the other large firms will join the trend.

After the great success of robo advisors launched by Ameritrade, Vanguard or Charles Schwab the main question for traditional financial advisors is not ‘if to invest’ in new robo-technology but ‘how to bridge the gap’.

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Traditional financial advisors decide on a hybrid model

Following in the footsteps of the stand-alone digital robo-advisor is a hybrid model, combining both automated and traditional human services. The model offers a live company-employed financial advisor in combination with online automated services in areas such as asset allocation and rebalancing.

Hybrid Robos = Combining Human and Automated Wealth Advice

The report by My Private Banking Research projects a robust future for the hybrid model of the robo-advisor. The research implies that the hybrid models will grow to $3.7 trillion assets world-wide by 2020 and $16.3 trillion by 2025, 10% of all investable worldwide assets.

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The main expectation for robo-advisors is to utilize more human-like interfaces and features, and for human advisors to adopt more robo-advisor-like features.

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How technology influences asset and wealth management

Future growth in assets under management (AUM) seems to be closely linked to digital strategy, as new generations of investors adopt different ways of investing. This calls for a rethink of which strategies can best capture the next generation of customers and compete against players who offer new investment platforms based on advanced robo-technology. Digital distribution is therefore expected to disrupt the traditional distribution landscape.
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What does it mean for advisors today?

The next few years will be challenging for CEOs of wealth management companies. The top challenges include starting the digital transformation journey, which has an influence on:

  • The Grow of AUM
  • Cost Management
  • Regulatory Changes Navigating
  • Adapting to disruptive innovations in the business environment
  • Enhancement of customer satisfaction and engagement

Automated advisory platform allows firms and advisors to be significantly more cost-efficient in their advice delivery and execution, helping maintain profits even if the fee income declines. These platforms also allow to scale up operations and serve more clients of every size and type.

Technology aids transparency and trust. When all operations are running through the automated advisory platform, it is easy to report to the client exactly what is happening, and why. Similarly, periodic reporting—quarterly, yearly or as often as the client wants—can be easily automated as well. The best automated platforms will record each interaction, as well as any client feedback, both for regulatory purposes and to enhance future interactions.
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Three use cases of Smart Contracts in Financial services

Savings and upsides from decreasing syndicated loans settlement time

While the High-Yield Bond transactions are settled in more than three days, the settlement interval for leveraged loans frequently extends to almost 20 days. This creates increased danger and a liquidity challenge from the leveraged loan market, hampering its growth and attractiveness.
Since 2008, the global loan market has witnessed negative gain, whereas the High-Yield Bond market grew by 11 percent. We assume that smart contracts can reduce the delay in procedures such as documentation, buyer and vendor affirmation and assignment arrangement, and KYC, AML and FATCA checks, with the assistance of a permissioned ledger. With estimation that with the decrease in settlement times, if the rise of loans may be at least half that of their High-Yield Bond market growth (i.e. between 5 percent and 6%), it would amount to an additional $149 billion of loan demand on the industry. Such loans generally carry 1% to  5% of fees, translating into extra income of $1.5 billion to $7.4 billion to investment banks. In addition, operational expenses, regulatory capital requirements and costs related to delayed compensation payments throughout the settlement of leveraged loans will probably be decreased together with the shortening of the settlement cycle.

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Mortgage business to benefit from adoption of smart contracts

The mortgage loan process is dependent upon a intricate ecosystem for the origination, financing, and servicing of the mortgages, including costs and delays. Smart contracts could reduce the price and time involved in this process through automation, process redesign, shared access to electronic versions of bodily legal documents between trusted parties, and access to external sources of information such as land records.

Our earlier study on banks back-office automation suggests that mortgage lenders may expect savings between 6 percent and 15% from business $149 billion added leveraged loan volume increase with a reduction in settlement times 11 client fills mortgage application with earnings, taxation and property details Are property documents valid and lien status in order? Reject loan application and inform the client credit mortgage accounts article verification of earlier measures calculation of the cost savings possible from the usage of smart contracts in the US mortgage sector register bank’s lien on land signatures confirmed and mortgage accounts generated customer signs the mortgage document in addition to the witness mortgage record created approved rejected credit history id check KYC & AML check check income and land LTV reject program and notify the customer mortgage adviser creates loan workflow and updates credit, id, KYC, AML information in bank’s loan workflow for mortgage origination predicated on sale of 6.1 million houses of which 64% are being marketed on mortgage mortgage loan origination cost for an average loan of $200,000 in the US (2015), minimum savings US$ 4,349.5 17 billion 396.3 (9.1%) 1.5 billion 1,528.4 (35.1%) 6 billion. These numbers, coupled with our experience and discussions with industry experts, helped us estimate anticipated savings for each of the processes involved in loan origination. For example, in the US housing market, almost 6.1 million homes were sold in 2015. Based on historical averages, 64 percent of them were bought by home owners with a mortgage. We estimate that minimal savings of $1.5 billion could be achieved by loan providers through the automation of tasks in their organizations. Further, economies of $6 billion could be achieved once external partners such as credit scoring companies, land registry offices, and tax authorities become accessible over a blockchain to facilitate faster processing and reducing costs.

We also estimate that loan clients could expect a 11% To 22% drop in the entire price of mortgage processing fees billed to them if smart contracts are adopted. The total of outstanding mortgage loans across the united states and European Union countries in 2014 was valued at $20.98 trillion. Based on the US mortgage market case, smart contracts may possibly save between $3 billion and $11 billion in the new mortgage origination process across the US and EU.

Claims processing cost savings at the motor insurance industry

We consider that, in the motor vehicle insurance industry, smart Contracts that bring insurers, clients and third parties to a single platform Also, third-parties like chargers, transport providers and hospitals — once They are part of the dispersed ledger — will be able to supply faster Support against promises to clients and can anticipate quicker settlement of claims. The united kingdom motor insurance industry dropped 3.7 million claims and spent $13.3 Billion in claim expenses and costs. We calculate that roughly $1.67 Billion, or 12.5 percent of their overall costs, might be saved by adopting smart contracts. Dependent on the United Kingdom motor insurance market, we estimate that each year $21 billion could be spared from the global motor insurance industry via the Usage of smart contracts. A portion of savings can be passed on to the Clients via reduced premiums on motor insurance policies. We estimate that the Cost savings amounts to a reduction of $90 on average on each premium payment In the event the insurers pass on each of the savings generated from smart contracts Adoption to customers, and $45 per premium in the event the insurers decide to pass On only 50 percent of economies.