As we begin another new year, a fresh set of challenges and opportunities await the world of financial advisors. The themes remain the same as years past – technology, regulation, and practice management – but the landscape is shifting and changing.
In terms of technology, 2014 seems to have been the year of the “robo-advisor”, but I anticipate that 2015 will be the year of “robo-advisors for advisors”, with a looming explosion of financial technology (or “FinTech”) for advisors. While the robo trend has not actually picked up much in the way of client assets, it has clearly highlighted the lack of competitive technology solutions for advisors, and that’s a business opportunity a number of new businesses are aiming to solve. After years of having few and poor choices for technology, 2015 may be the first year of a new trend, where the challenge for advisors is making a decision in a sea of overwhelming (though not necessarily all good) choices instead.