Wealth Management IT Spending: A Global Perspective

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26 October 2012


Wealth management IT spending is estimated to reach US$4.4 billion in 2012 and is expected to grow at a rate of approximately 6.4% in 2013. Broadly speaking, both Asia-Pacific and North American markets are driving IT spending growth for next year, while the European market will drag down growth in spending.

In the report, Wealth Management IT Spending: A Global Perspective, Celent examines global wealth management IT spending in 2013 and beyond. This report examines key IT trends, regional priorities and trends, front vs. middle/back office spending, and internal vs. external spending by region for the wealth management industry. It is a companion to the Celent report IT Trends and Spending Implications for the Securities & Investments Industry, October 2012, which provides a basic summary of the material covered in this report.

“A majority of IT spending will go to the front office. Tools that will help the advisor capture client information and engage clients through more advanced and interactive tools will gain priority,” says Isabella Fonseca, Research Director with Celent’s Wealth Management Group and coauthor of the report. “Furthermore, wealth managers will allocate more of their IT resources to external software and services, as opposed to legacy internal systems and hardware.”

This report begins with a look at IT priorities by region and by front vs. middle/back office functionality. It then examines global wealth management IT spending and provides a market outlook up to 2016. This is followed by a regional exploration of wealth management spending, focusing on internal systems, hardware, external software, and external services in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

This 18-page report contains 7 figures and 2 tables.