Economic Crisis Reveals "Overservice" in Wealth Management

Wealth managers have taken a large revenue hit during the economic downturn. Assets under management fell precipitously during the past year, and clients increasingly placed more of their remaining holdings in low-margin products. At the same time, operating costs increased, as clients demanded more advice and firms tried to counter poor portfolio performance with greater levels of service. As a result, Wealth managers project that 2010 profit margins could fall as much as 75% below their 2007 peak, according to the 2009 Wealth Segment Economics Survey, done by The VIP Forum.

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