What trends will shape ‘fintech’ in 2018?

We expect advisors’ use of financial technology to grow, allowing them to more efficiently serve investors

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2017 was the year when financial technology, or “fintech,” made industry headlines. After such a year of change, what might 2018 bring? I highlight six trends I expect to see in the coming year.

1. The rising tide of digital adoption is shaping the expectations of tech-savvy investors.

The same dynamic that is driving consumer adoption of technology is washing over the financial services industry. Essentially, we have all become “millennials” in how we use the internet and smartphones to consume information and access services. This has given rise to the “investor 2.0,” who increasingly expect their wealth management firms to evolve and provide the same user experience, personalized service and convenience of 24/7 access to their money. Given this, we expect

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Autonomous vehicles have arrived

Could driverless cars benefit your portfolio down the road?

Science fiction is real. In October of last year, a self-driving semi in Colorado carried over 2,000 cases of beer from Fort Collins to a distribution center in Colorado Springs — a journey of over 130 miles. While there was a professional driver on board, he monitored the trip from the sleeping berth for most of the journey and never took the controls. Even in an age where doctors can print human body parts and drones can replace boots on the ground, this robo-beer run represented quite an achievement. Self-driving vehicles have the potential to impact the everyday lives of Americans as fundamentally as cell phones and personal computers have over recent decades. But do the technologies making this possible represent a compelling investment opportunity?

We at Invesco believe that the advent of autonomous driving presents

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What do the recent SEC robo guidelines mean for advisors?

New SEC guidance provides effective ways for advisors to comply with disclosure regulations

Kevin Cimring 001Robo-advisors continue to represent a fast-growing trend in the investment advice industry, changing the way firms engage with and service their clients. However, given the automated and online nature of their business models, there are unique considerations for robo-advisors when complying with traditional regulations.

Following collaboration with industry participants, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management released a Guidance Update1 on February 23, which includes suggestions to help robo-advisors meet disclosure, suitability and compliance obligations under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (IM Guidance Update No 2017-2).

The result of this collaborative approach is

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