Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wealth management industry IT spend in Asia-Pacific to top $4.6 billion by 2015

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Asia-Pacific spending on IT by the wealth management industry will top $4.6 billion by 2015, a significant growth rate of 8 percent over a five year period, predicts Ovum in a new forecast.

The independent technology analyst finds that the ramping up of technology spend by the sector will be driven by a return to better days for the industry, as the number of wealthy consumers looking for opportunities to invest their money slowly increases. In Asia-Pacific, China and India will be the major driver with a CAGR of 14 percent and 12.5 percent, respectively compared to 8 percent in Australia and 7 percent in Korea.

Ovum senior analyst, Jaroslaw Knapik, commented: “The recession had a big impact on the wealth management industry and it was one of the sectors that bore the brunt of the fall-out, resulting in growth in tech spend slowing considerably.

“With recovery now underway, the outlook for IT investment is much more positive. Strong growth in the Asia-Pacific market, a need to invest in channels such as internet services, and compliance requirements of new regulations such as Basel III, are all fuelling Asian growth in technology investment.”

All channels will see an impressive growth; however this increase will be stronger in the internet services. The high net worth banking and financial planning sectors of the Asia-Pacific wealth management industry will increase spending in this area by 8.6 per cent from the beginning of 2011 to the end of 2015. Meanwhile in the retail brokerage sector growth will be 7.3 percent for the same period and in retail asset management, 8.6 percent.

Knapik commented: “The need to create websites and applications that allow customers and financial advisors access to company websites via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets will drive some of this growth in internet spend. Much of the rest will come from upgrading online services with personal financial management tools and closer integration of the online channel with middle and back office technology such as product origination, customer information or investment and portfolio management systems."

Ovum’s forecast shows that while there will be healthy growth in IT spend by the wealth management industry in Australia, China, India and Korea, that is slightly above the global figure of 6.5 percent.

“While the amount of money spent on IT will be greater in the developed world, emerging Asia-Pacific market is set for explosive growth in the next five years,” concluded Knapik.

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