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InvestCloud provides client portal to the City of Boston for Family Savings Program

Los Angeles and Boston – February 23, 2017 – InvestCloud Inc., a global fintech firm and digital platform, has partnered on a new program with the City of Boston and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to allow families to create long-term savings plans for their children’s education.

 

Boston Saves, the City’s Children’s Savings Account (CSA) program, allows families to create long-term, goal-based savings plans for college, post-secondary and training education for their children. The program is being run using the InvestCloud digital platform, which allows participating families to easily and quickly access and review their savings plans online using a client portal. This client portal facilitates client communication and client reporting while increasing financial mobility and giving advisors access to an advisor portal.

 

“One of the best ways to close the opportunity gap facing some of our young children is to help them save for their educational future,” said Mayor Walsh. “Children’s Savings Accounts are a tool that every family should have access to, and with InvestCloud’s financial technology support, we’re making that a reality. Even a small amount over time can make a big difference, and I am excited for our students and families who will have this new resource to begin saving now for the future.”

 

Through the digital platform, families will be able to track their progress, earn rewards and benefit from financial savings tips. Linking their savings and checking accounts directly to the digital platform will make it easy to transfer funds and gain a more holistic view of their investments.  The digital platform will also allow access to a client portal for enhanced client communication, client reporting, and financial mobility.

 

John Wise, co-founder and CEO of InvestCloud, said, “Our program with the City of Boston demonstrates the flexibility of the InvestCloud digital platform. It supports the full spectrum of wealth management, from the complex needs of family offices and high-net-worth investors, right through to the needs of normal families. While they might not consider themselves ‘wealthy,’ they can still benefit from our digital platform to help them achieve their lifetime goals and family plans.

 

“With a greater number of people thinking about how to organize and build their savings, the notion of wealth management is changing fast. But to effectively engage with these new demographics, a simple and intuitive solution is required that can handle massive scale efficiently. The InvestCloud approach ensures all types of wealth and savings can be supported through the digital platform.”

 

The InvestCloud digital platform utilizes Programs Writing Programs (PWP), a proprietary technology that generates code instead of programmers writing code. This automation allows one business analyst or designer to do the work of 50 developers and ensures updates and upgrades are dramatically simplified – negating the long lead times associated with hard-coded software solutions. It is because of this technological approach that InvestCloud’s solutions could be easily and rapidly adapted to the unique use case of Boston Saves.

The platform is also capable of processing millions of pieces of data and content – from market news to portfolio data – through its digital warehouse. This provides a complete picture of an individual’s wealth, ensures both clients and advisors are able to get a complete picture of wealth, and allows for more effective, more profitable management.

 

About InvestCloud Inc.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, InvestCloud empowers investors and managers with a single version of the integrated truth through its unique digital platform. Today the InvestCloud platform supports over $1.7 trillion of assets across 670 institutional customers. InvestCloud creates custom solutions for better decision-making. From Client Communications (Client Portals and Reports) and Client Management (Advisor Portals) to Digital Warehousing and Data Analytics, InvestCloud offers first-class investment platforms for successful investing that are rapid to deploy and hyper-modular. Customer segments include wealth managers, institutional investors, asset managers, family offices, asset services companies and financial platforms.

For more information, visit www.investcloud.com.

About Boston Saves

Boston Saves, the City of Boston’s Children’s Savings Account (CSA) program is designed to give families the opportunity to create a long-term savings plan for college, post-secondary education and training, for their children. The program utilizes an online platform created in partnership with InvestCloud that allows families to link any savings, checking or 529 account to a secure online platform that makes it easy to save, earn rewards, track progress and gain financial tips. Five Boston Public Schools currently participate in the pilot program for CSAs, with a universal rollout scheduled for Fall 2019.

 

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Wealth and millennials: how they think, spend and save

The millennial generation – those born between the early 1980s and mid 1990s – are now either just joining the workforce, or well into their careers. As millennials gather the responsibilities of adulthood, financial and wealth management products come with the territory – this is the essence of financial mobility. Not surprisingly the wealth industry is paying close attention to this coming generation.

 

Possibly the most studied segment in history, millennials have been variously labelled as narcissistic, entitled, tech-savvy and ethically conscious. Their relationship with financial institutions is well documented. The financial crisis and subsequent scandals created a general feeling of distrust toward the industry, but millennials have started to emerge as the largest client opportunity in the coming years. In order to capitalize on the opportunity, wealth and asset managers must adapt to successfully serve this complicated and fiscally important generation.
The growing millennial impact

Last year 40 percent of the global adult population were under 35 years old. Today they account for US $1.3 trillion in direct consumer spending in the US. This figure will balloon over the next decade as the millennial generation is projected to account for 75 percent of the workforce by 2025  (source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch).
Three trends will dictate how this population will acquire and use their wealth.
First, as the current 18-34-year-old cohort enter prime earning years, their liquid assets will increase substantially.

 

Second, these younger generations are seen to be more entrepreneurial than their parents, which should accelerate the increase of their available assets: Deloitte found that 54 percent of millennials have started, or plan to start, their own business – 27 percent are already self-employed.

 

And thirdly, millennials should benefit from a transfer of wealth from their parents, the baby-boomers, driving a future wave of inheritance that wealth managers need to prepare for.

 

Behavioral characteristics

 

So how should wealth managers adapt to serve this group successfully? Critically, you need to get a good understanding of their behaviors.

 

Millennials are drawn to authenticity and want this reflected in how they live, work and invest. Long-established wealth managers steeped in the traditions of stability and continuity may need to rethink their own culture and recruitment policies to connect and engage this coming generation, using a more empathetic client communication approach.

 

They are socially and environmentally aware, not only concerned with the state of the world, but vocal about the need for change. Which means they don’t consider profit as the sole success factor of an investment. Millennials seek out organizations and investments that prove their value with acts of social responsibility.

 

Nor has the impact of the global financial crisis been forgotten. This generation was greatly affected and as a result is more cautious and conservative than baby boomers.

 

This was also the first generation to grow up in a digital platform world, acknowledging technological innovation as a constant. They adopt early. They try out new services. They value utility. They resent friction.

 

Their financial habits are like everything for them, always online first – it is their default setting.

 

For millennials, technology is the key differentiator that wealth managers must be aware of. Deloitte found that 57 percent would change banks for a better technology platform solution. There is no reason to think wealth managers are not under the same scrutiny to offer client portal and client reporting advancements.

 

Financial advisory adaptations

 

Based on these different behaviors, it is fair to assume millennials are not being satisfied. But the opportunity to do so clearly exists, and for wealth managers who react it will be greatly rewarding. To combat distrust, financial advisors need to focus on pricing transparency and become more communicative and open, ideally with new choices of alternative investments, markets and products.

 

Most importantly, wealth managers need to better engage millennials digitally. The InvestCloud Digital Experience involves clients, provides an intuitive experience and is highly personalized, supporting many varied personas in order to work for each individual. Opportunities abound for wealth managers to advance the millennial client experience – not to mention to make advisor portal and other internal tools better for the management of this crucial client demographic. Now is the time to act.

 

To find out more about how we can help you digitally engage millennials, request a demo through our website at www.investcloud.com/Demo or call us at +1 (888) 800-0188.

 

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InvestCloud Case Study: Glenmede

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Embrace the Digital Experience. Read and see video on how Independent investment and wealth management firm, Glenmede utilize InvestCloud to create their client portal by clicking on image.

Tales from the Digital Experience Frontier

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The focus of InvestCloud’s 2nd annual User Conference was on the “Digital Experience”. InvestCloud team members spoke about Fulfillment, Function, and Form, and demonstrated the various applets through the theme of Lego building blocks. Everything was awesome! Read more by clicking on image.