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Wealth Management Advisory Services

Wealth management has been one of the fastest growing segments of the financial services industry over the last 20 years. This is a result of demographic shifts, wealth creation, and a shifting industry structure where wealth management increasingly sits at the center. As broader industry dynamics shifted from product manufacturers to distributors and relationship owners, wealth managers benefited. While the sector has outperformed, it is now seeing significant challenges emerge that will have profound effects. These challenges include evolving client preferences, new tech-enabled business models, and significant regulatory change. 

Specific challenges and opportunities come in the form of:

  • Significant ($30 trillion) intergenerational wealth transfer expected over the next 30 years that will be in the hands of clients with radically different expectations in product and pricing transparency, technology, and advisor accessibility. The increased transparency requirements on the part of clients and regulators necessitate that firms review their service, pricing, and compensation models;
  • Significant margin compression as seen through the rise of passive strategies, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), and FinTech entrants;
  • Industry consolidation, particularly on the asset management side, as a result of margin compression—but also among registered investment advisors (RIAs)and independent broker-dealers struggling with the scale needed to invest in required technology and compliance;
  • Disruptive models in the form of robo-advisors, fee-based planning services, and hybrid digital models;
  • Use of analytics, artificial intelligence, and robotic process automation for competitive differentiation;
  • The rise of cyber-crime, fraud, and the continuing challenge of financial crimes compliance;
  • Evolving fiduciary requirements that have significant implications for commission-based brokerage models and product manufacturers;
  • Regulatory focus on selling practices including conflict of interest (COI)/fund bias, fair lending, and Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAAP); and
  • Global/multilateral focus on cross-border marketing and tax compliance.

Central to capitalizing on these opportunities is addressing the tension between traditional business models and the imperative of change.

At Treliant, we help clients move forward quickly and with confidence in facing these challenges. We provide critical insight on the nexus of industry and regulatory change that ultimately provides clients the clarity to position their business for long-term success.

Treliant's Wealth Management Advisory Services Include:
 

Compliance, Risk, and Regulatory Advisory

Program Design and Implementation

  • General Compliance Program
  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Program (FINRA 3310, Bank Secrecy Act, USA Patriot Act)
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Program
  • Onboarding & KYC Programs
  • Fair Lending & Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Programs
  • Market Access Rule
  • Supervisory Controls Testing
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Internal Control

Regulatory Reviews and Remediation

  • AML / BSA Audit & Annual Reviews
  • 40 Act Annual Review
  • Operational Risk Control Self-Assessments
  • UDAAP Readiness Assessments
  • Mock Regulatory Examinations (SEC, FINRA)
  • Regulatory Compliance Lookbacks and Remediation
  • Fiduciary Rule

Registrations and Filings

  • Bank & Trust (BHC, SLHC, state-level)
  • Broker-Dealer (FINRA, MSRB, SIPC, NFA, state-level filings)
  • Registered Investment Advisor (FINRA, IARD/CRD, NFA state-level filings)
  • Dual Registrant / Hybrid RIAs
  • State to SEC Transitions
  • Hedge Funds

Fiduciary, Suitability, and Sales Practices

  • OCC Reg. 9 Compliance
  • Automated Investment Solutions – Model Testing
  • Investment Suitability and Risk Profiling Requirements
  • Cross-Border Strategy
  • Advertising and Sales Literature Review

Merger & Acquisition Support

  • Due Diligence
  • Operating Model Design
  • Post-Merger Integration

Cybersecurity, Financial Crimes, and Fraud

  • Cybersecurity Program Development and Implementation
  • Cybersecurity Review
  • NYDFS Adherence
  • Third-party Risk Review
  • Staff Training

Business Transformation

  • Business/product expansion planning and analysis
  • Target operating model design
  • Capability gap assessments and benchmarking
  • Staffing plan and skills gap assessments
  • Cost and efficiency gap review
  • Product design and development
  • Policy and procedure development
  • Business requirements definition including process design (flowcharts)
  • Client and advisor experience design 
  • Digital strategy and design
  • Mergers and acquisition support (due diligence and integration)
  • Key performance indicator/metric development
  • Technology roadmap development
  • Technology/vendor evaluation and selection
  • Third-party vendor risk management
  • Client reporting requirements design and development
  • Project and program management

Managed Services

  • Outsourced Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer role or part of underlying functional tasks

 

At Treliant, we define wealth management to include businesses that serve the mass affluent through ultra-high net worth segments. These include:

  • Retail and online brokerages
  • Robo-advisors and related wealth management FinTechs
  • Fee-based financial planning firms
  • Independent RIAs
  • Independent broker-dealers
  • Insurance and mutual fund broker-dealers
  • Regional and national wirehouses
  • Private and trust banks
  • Platform and product providers that serve these businesses

Ultimately these firms are regulated by one or more of the following: SEC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). FINRA, Federal Reserve, OCC, and state regulators.

 

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Greg Soueid, Managing Director, discusses the wealth management sector and regulatory challenges the industry is facing.

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