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Wealth Managers Shun Transparency
A new study by MyPrivateBanking Research shows that only 22% of wealth managers offer data on fees and only 10% publish performance figures for their discretionary accounts.
These private banks and wealth managers typically manage clients’ assets through defined mandates in discretionary accounts (often labeled “conservative”
Non-transparent wealth management fees:
• 35% of analyzed banks and wealth managers discuss the costs and fees of wealth management in general terms.
• 22% give some quantitative information about fees.
• Only 18% offer precise, quantitative information on various wealth management fees.
Lack of performance data:
• A mere 13% of analyzed private banks discuss the topic of their performance in general terms.
• 10% offer some quantitative data on their discretionary accounts’ performance.
• Only 8% offer a 3-year track record (or more) on the performance of their discretionary accounts.
MyPrivateBanking recommends that banks and wealth managers be much more transparent about their core services of investment management. They should use the Internet as an effective communication channel for disclosure and distinguish themselves form competitors by a high level of transparency. “Banks can show that they have an edge in managing investments by disclosing their track record on discretionary accounts. Over the long term it is just a question of whether banks will become more open voluntarily or if regulators are going to have to come up with mandatory disclosure standards”, adds Steffen Binder, Research Director of MyPrivateBanking.
A positive example for fee transparency is Deutsche Bank that publishes a comprehensive list of wealth management fees on its public website. Standard Chartered sets a benchmark with a monthly updated portfolio review on its various wealth management mandates.
Analysed public websites:
ABN Amro, ANZ, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, Bank of NY Mellon, Banque Pictet, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citibank, Clariden Leu, Coutts & Co, Credit Agricole, Credit Suisse, DBS Bank, Deutsche Bank, Erste, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, ING Groep, Itau Private Bank, J.P. Morgan, Julius Bär, Kleinwort Benson, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Lombard Odier, Macquarie, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Nordea, RBS Coutts, Rothschild, Royal Bank of Canada, Sal. Oppenheim, Santander, SEB, Societe General, Standard Chartered, U. S. Trust, UBS, Vontobel, Wells Fargo.
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