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Meet Perficient’s Chief Strategists: Scott Albahary

Thrilling our clients with innovation and impact – it’s not just rhetoric. This belief is instrumental for our clients’ success. In 2018 we announced the first class of Chief Strategists, who provide vision and leadership to help our clients remain competitive. Get to know each of our strategists as they share their unique insights on […]

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The Innovation Dilemma in Financial Services

Customers place a lot of value on innovation when selecting financial services products. They now identify “Innovative” as an attribute that stands out in terms of differentiation. Yet, most retail banks and credit unions struggle with innovation (as do most companies). In 1997, “The Innovator’s Dilemma” was published. It is considered one of the most […]

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Mobile Payment Technology [Trend To Watch]

A report published by Ipsos MORI, a market research company, and VocaLink, a global payments partner to financial institutions and governments, indicates that European millennials are struggling to adopt mobile payment technology. While more than half of the approximately 4,000 millennials from Germany, Italy, the U.K., and the Netherlands who took part in the study […]

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Increasing Cloud Use [Trend To Watch]

Gartner recently put out a press release that is quite memorable. It begins with: “By 2020, a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be as rare as a ‘no-internet’ policy is today.” The chances are low that many companies maintain such success-hindering policies, but there are plenty of companies out there that are slow adopters, especially in […]

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Robo-advisors [Trend To Watch]

The benefits of robo-advisors are clear: trustworthy and affordable financial advice for everyone, regardless of net worth. Although some may debate what role robo-advising will play in wealth management, it’s hard to imagine a world without it. Ever since the evolution of the internet and the widespread adoption of digital devices, customer expectations have changed […]

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Open Banking And PSD2 [Trend To Watch]

In an effort to create more competition in the financial services industry, give consumers more control over their data, and enhance consumer protection, new regulations, such as the revised Directive on Payment Services (PSD2), have been adopted in Europe. Some companies, such as BBVA, were early adopters of technology (e.g., APIs) that opened access to […]

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[Guide] Top 15 Financial Services Trends For 2017

While we can’t always be certain which trends the new year will bring, we can offer predictions based on our conversations with industry executives and our customers, looking at what companies have accomplished in the past year, and the initiatives they already have in place for the future. In fact, that’s exactly how we compiled […]

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Top 10 Financial Services Blog Posts Of 2016

While we rolled into 2017, I thought it would be neat to see what our readers were, well, reading. Without further ado, here are the top 10 blog posts Perficient’s financial services practice wrote that seemed to be popular among readers. They’re ranked in order of popularity, with number one being the most viewed piece. Citi’s Digital […]

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Citi Goes For The Gold With Its New Mobile-First App

Several years ago, Citigroup formed a FinTech group that is dedicated to developing new offerings that bleed with innovation. One of the first solutions to come out of Citi FinTech happens to be a mobile app for its Citigold credit card members. Citigold is a pure wealth management offering that targets affluent and emerging affluent […]

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Ensuring A Bright Financial Future In An Aging World

My colleague recently sent me an article that discusses the financial security, or lack thereof, of Americans. And that’s very troubling. The problems we face today are, indeed, different than yesterday. Take for example the fact we’re living longer, albeit with health issues, such as Alzheimer’s. Or, take America’s Social Security retirement trust funds into […]

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Future Of Robo-Advisors

There’s no question that the core function of managing money in a heavily regulated industry is difficult and expensive. New companies with robo-advising technology will need to learn how to navigate the regulatory landscape, making it critical to collaborate with traditional wealth management firms. From a bank’s perspective, robo-advising remains critical in terms of servicing […]

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World View Of Robo-Advisors

Depending on where investors are located in the world, investor behavior is vastly different; therefore, robo-advising may play a different role depending on the region. Some counties are more conservative and prefer traditional forms of wealth management services, while others are much more comfortable with investing on their own. The World Economic Forum conducted research […]

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Replacing Traditional Wealth Management Offerings With Robo-Advisors

Robo-advising will likely never take over wealth management, but there are certain elements it could replace. For example, tax-loss harvesting and digital account opening can be streamlined through technology and automation. Any tasks that serve as barriers to receiving services should be accomplished by machine. Financial advisors should instead do more of what they do […]

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The Relationship Between Wealth Management Companies And Robo-Advisors

Many robo-advisors are thriving with growing customer bases. Not only are they flourishing, they’re partnering with – and in some cases being acquired by – traditional institutions that offer wealth management services. Take UBS, for example. The company’s wealth management division recently formed a strategic alliance with SigFig, a robo-advisor that will help develop solutions […]

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How Traditional Wealth Management Companies View Robo-Advisors

As much as they are disruptors of sorts, traditional banks view robo-advisors as healthy. They represent a challenge for incumbents, one that will ultimately result in better customer experiences. Financial institutions believe that the foundation of what they do is not going to go away; however, it puts pressure on them to focus on the […]

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What Are Robo-Advisors?

While your clients may have never obtained advice from traditional wealth management companies, the times are changing through the introduction of robo-advisors. Unlike traditional human-to-human financial advice, robo-advisors provide personalized, automated financial advice based on algorithms. They work without the need for human intervention, making such advice cost-friendly and ultimately eliminating common high-net-worth membership figures. […]

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A Brief Review Of Wealth Management

According to Investopedia, wealth management is a “service that combines financial/investment advice, accounting/tax services, retirement planning, and legal/estate planning for one fee.” While that definition is an oversimplification of the term, it’s safe to say that wealth management has historically been a service for high-net-worth individuals. For purposes of our conversation, note that Investopedia indicates […]

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Robo-Advisors Are Changing The Wealth Management Landscape

The wealth management industry is undergoing a serious transformation with traditional methods of providing financial advice being disrupted by new and innovative forms of technology. With the unprecedented widespread adoption of the internet and digital devices, customer expectations have changed. Clients expect a flawless customer experience that requires businesses, products, and services to be available whenever and wherever they want. It’s that simple. Companies […]

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Protecting You And Your Clients Through Technology And Strategy

Every industry experiences cybercrime, but probably none more than financial services, at an average annualized cost of $13.5 million. If you look at the Breach Level Index, you will notice that some type of security breach occurs at financial institutions almost daily. These breaches can involve anywhere from a handful of records to tens of […]

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Technology Partnerships: Creating New Avenues Of Revenue

There’s no question that financial institutions need cutting-edge technology to support growth. However, there is also no question that technology is not their core business. Therefore, it makes sense for them to partner – or even acquire – financial technology companies, which brings us to the topic of unicorns. What do unicorns have to do […]

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