Wealth managers seeking AI tools to make sense of vast amounts of new and alternative data

Wealth managers are requesting improved insight into internal, customer, and third-party data alongside alternative data to power AI technology and identify new opportunities that deliver improved outcomes for clients, according to a new Thomson Reuters and Celent report. 

This growing trend is due to technological applications like robo-advice technology and next-generation financial planning platforms being often too narrow in scope and hamstrung by data constraints.
In order to better understand how AI in wealth management can empower wealth managers and advisors, Thomson Reuters commissioned Celent to conduct the report titled “Putting the AI in Data” to inform executive leadership eager to understand how technology needs and choices, aligned with organizational goals around the treatment of data, could influence business outcomes. 
According to the report, in recent years, data has become the lifeblood of the modern wealth management organization, with firms starting to review the ways their enterprise information is managed and integrate alternative data into their wealth management platforms.  Big data requirements and legacy processing systems make the need for quality internal data to be more accurate, and by using data mining and pattern recognition, new technologies can help flag or highlight areas that the human advisor would not otherwise even consider. 
The issue is that some of this data may be difficult to analyse or store within a conventional relational database. However, enterprise data models like knowledge graphs, which use natural language processing to enrich and make sense of big data such as Thomson Reuters Intelligent Tagging (in which each data point is assigned its own ID), can be used to address these matters and channel the most relevant information to the advisor and render it digestible.
“Smarter advisors equal smarter investors, equal smarter investment decisions. Using artificial intelligence to mine big data represents a seismic shift in the wealth management industry. The potential benefits to advisors and their clients are enormous,” said David Akellian, managing director and global head of Wealth Management at Thomson Reuters. “The challenge, however, is to integrate new technologies like big open linked data and intelligent tagging into more advanced solutions, whereby uncovering critical information and insight based on a client’s portfolio - directly to them via their digital portal.”
“Our latest research shows that the wealth management industry continues to be transformed by AI. One of the keys to unlocking the potential of AI in wealth management is through advisor empowerment, which requires that data be made more accessible to non-technical enterprise consumers, both in terms of tools and the digestibility of the data itself,” said Will Trout, senior analyst at Celent.  “Big data tools such as intelligent tagging and knowledge graphs are now being used to uncover previously hidden connections and insights, empowering advisors and adding dramatic client value, while revolutionizing the industry for the better.”