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Announcing our new report - The Disrupted Career: Fintech, Innovation and the Future of Careers in Investment ManagementBy Luuk Jacobs
The adoption of FinTech will bring significant changes for the future of Investment Management - from which products are offered to clients and how they are delivered, to the overall structure of the Industry itself. This level of disruption will also impact the future careers of the individuals working in or entering the Industry today.
According to the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), there are 610,000 professionals employed directly or indirectly across Europe in the Investment Management ecosystem, with over 100,000 in the UK. Which of these roles could disappear over the next couple of years, where are the opportunities and how should you navigate the disruption?
In our latest report, The Disrupted Career: FinTech, Innovation and the Future of Careers in Investment Management, we explore how FinTech is changing careers across the industry, and how professionals are being impacted by and are responding to these changes.
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Disrupted Career Paths
Our report found that very few areas within Investment Management will not be impacted by technological change; the career paths of the future will be radically different.
Professionals will need to embrace a more flexible approach to career planning. In addition, future job growth and progression opportunities will be concentrated in FinTech and in roles driving innovation in existing Investment Management functions.
Will We All Be Coders?
Many professionals will need to develop more technical skills, and not just in traditional technology roles. Even where ‘hard’ skills around coding, AI and data science will not be important, there will be an expectation that professionals will have a more holistic view of how technology underpins the business.
However, this will not negate the importance of soft skills, and blending skill-sets will be critical for the most successful teams and individuals.
With the industry expecting strong growth with a target of doubling of AUM over the next decade, those who position themselves to embrace the coming changes can look forward exciting opportunities.
To find out more, please read the full report.
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The Disrupted Career - FinTech, Innovation and the Future of Careers in Investment Management ReportBy Luuk Jacobs
The Disrupted Career
Welcome To The AlgoMe Report On FinTech, Innovation And The Future Of Careers In Investment Management
This report aims to address key questions that are important to everyone working in or looking to join the Investment Management Industry.
How significant will the impact of FinTech be on career paths? How likely is my current role to be affected? Where are the opportunities in this disruption? How can I best position myself for future success?
We asked a panel of Investment Industry professionals their views.
The full report is available for download to all AlgoMe Community members. Not already joined? Becoming a member takes less than a minute.
By Julia Kirkland
Guest blog from Julia Kirkland, Senior Partner at FSTP
If you don’t know already, which of course you do, the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) is EU legislation which first came into effect in 2007. It was created to regulate firms providing services to their clients which are linked to ‘financial instruments’, these being shares, bonds, units in collective investment schemes and derivatives. In addition, it covers the venues where those ‘financial instruments’ are traded.
Fast forward 10 years or so and we have an updated version – MiFID II. This includes the revised MiFID and a new Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR). January 3, 2018 is the day MiFID II must be implemented across Europe.
Now we’re on the cusp of this deadline, the thorny and sensitive topic of Knowledge and Competence (K&C) is bubbling up as a major concern across the industry. We’ve spoken with numerous firms in both the Asset Management and Wealth Management sectors and they have one thing in common; they’re all grappling with the assessment of competence of information providers.
Who is in scope?
In Asset Management, this may cover a wide range of roles from sales teams, client services, broker servicing staff to Portfolio Managers (the really sensitive aspect of K&C). Managers may struggle with the fact they must tell a Portfolio Manager of 20 years plus who hasn’t got a formal qualification, they need to be assessed as competent and in a very short timeframe too.
In Wealth, the scope may cover desk assistants, team secretaries and portfolio assistants who may all be in direct contact with clients, giving them information about prices, valuations, charges and providing generic market or sector views. Additionally, research teams who might attend meetings with clients to provide market, sector or stock views on a non-advised basis may fall under this too. Most of the firms we are speaking to are including research teams. Most of the above staff members have never been included in formal K&C Schemes before but this has changed.
What happens in 2018?
As it stands, information providers not assessed by January 3 will need to be supervised in their activities and oversight of any client interaction must be in place. If you’re not prepared, January 2018 is fast approaching and maybe it’s time to look outside your company for third party support and assistance.
Our guest blogger Julia Kirkland, is Senior Partner, FSTP
FSTP is a training solution provider with expertise in MiFID II and the company also runs workshops to cover Wealth and Asset Management to meet the ESMA requirements and provides advanced K&C assessments for more seasoned, professional staff.
By Andy Milner
Following our successful event at Cass Business School in January, AlgoMe is teaming up with another of Europe's leading higher and executive education institutions with a panel discussion at Imperial College Business School on 3rd April.
We will be joined by another panel of industry leaders to discuss the impact that the FinTech revolution is having on the demand for skills in the Investment Management industry and what individuals looking to enter or progress careers in the industry can do to help them succeed.
Joining Rob Carter, CEO of AlgoMe and Ruben Lara, Chief Data Office of Standard Life Aberdeen, will be Ben Lucas, Partner in UK Wealth & Asset Management at EY, and Henrik Grunditz, Co-Founder & Chief Revenue Officer of Hivemind, a FinTech that is helping companies create value from complex data sets.
Attendance is open to students and alumni of Imperial College Business School, and we will be sharing highlights of the discussion with the AlgoMe Community.
If you have any questions that you would like to be put to the panel, please comment below, or send them to us via our other social media channels.
Ben is a Partner within the UK Wealth & Asset Management practice at EY. Prior to joining EY, he was a Practice Lead for Alternatives within Alpha Financial Management Consulting. Ben previously worked for EY as a Management Consultant and also for Zurich Financial Services. Ben has extensive experience across the Financial Services industry, with a particular focus on Asset Management and Alternative Investment. He has worked in senior strategy, advisory and change management roles based variously in London, New York and Paris.
Henrik is a co-founder and the Chief Revenue Officer of Hivemind. Prior to co-founding Hivemind, Henrik was a senior vice president at Winton Group, a large quantitative hedge fund where he was responsible for business development with institutional investors in Europe. Prior to joining Winton in 2013, Henrik spent 5 years at MSCI / RiskMetrics where he was responsible for developing the multi-asset risk analytics business across various client segments in Europe. Henrik started his career in management consulting, working in Accenture’s Capital Markets practice. Henrik holds a First Class Master’s degree in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College London. At the end of 2018, Hivemind was just one of five companies selected for the inaugural cohort of Velocity, a FinTech accelerator programme run by the Investment Association (IA)
Dr Ruben Lara
Ruben is Chief Data Officer at Standard Life Aberdeen. Prior to joining Standard Life Aberdeen in 2016, Dr. Lara held senior positions at Vodafone, where he was Head of Big Data Analytics, and at Telefonica, where he was Head of Big Data Product Development and Innovation. Ruben started his career in financial services, working as a technology consultant specialised in data and analytics. Ruben holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and has received the First National Award in Computer Science from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education and sits on the advisory panel of Velocity.
Rob is co-founder of AlgoMe and is an experienced Front Office change consultant with a diverse skill-set built during almost 15 years of working in Financial Services. Rob has worked across the complete project delivery lifecycle over a range of Investment Management and regulatory focussed initiatives; including, leading investment integration work streams of mergers between a number of major asset managers. He was formerly Head of Fixed Income and Equities Platforms at Aberdeen Asset Management and is a CFA Charterholder.