We contribute to expanding the knowledge of the field and to the dissemination of information thanks to the interaction with the world of culture, ideas, universities and publishing as well as the media specialized in finance with whom we collaborate. Our curiosity and passion for asset management, for the development and distribution of financial and insurance products have allowed us to become contributors for several journals in the field: ADVISOR, ADVISOR PRIVATE, BLUERATING, INVESTIRE, PLUS il Sole 24 Ore, L’Economia del Corriere and Insurance Connect.
PRIVATE BANKING: ALL IN ONE OR ONLY ONE?
AP Advisor Private | March-April 2021 The industry of Private Banking is currently experiencing a time of great change. It all started with the rates reduction and the subsequent increase of the asset management component in the portfolios of private clients, which led them in
Advisor | April 2021 2020 was a year of great success for the industry of asset management, as evidenced by the figures provided by ASSOGESTIONI. 2021 has started with a bang: the amount of assets collected since the beginning of the year has increased reaching
Bluerating | March 2021 2020 was marked by exceptional results despite the difficult economic and social context, one of harshest since the postwar period. Many people wonder what kind of year 2021 will be for the world of financial consultancy. Much depends on vaccination plans,
We Wealth | March 2021 After many months in lockdown, the imagination wanders towards open spaces, where the art of people dialogues with the living forces and forms of nature. Their meeting, frequently celebrated by ancient peoples, has known moments of prosperity. The term “third nature”
ENTREPRENEURS GENERATIONAL RENEWAL ISSUE STILL HARD TO COME
Insurance Daily | March 2021 In Italy, over 800 billion euros in real-estate and business assets will undergo a generational renewal in the coming twenty years. Only 17% of Italians have addressed and solved the issue of generational renewal, compared with a European average of
PRIVATE EQUITY AND PRIVATE MARKET: MAKING OR BUYING?
Investire | March 2021 In spite of this time of zero rates, networks of financial advisors have recently closed their best year of all time with a positive balance worth 43,4 billion euros (+24,1% compared to 2019, source: ASSORETI). In 2020, the industry of asset management,
AP Advisor Private | January 2021 We are currently witnessing a process of democratization of private banking. Although this might sound like a contradiction in terms, today the services once intended for a selected few are accessible to everybody. In fact, the digitalization of the
Advisor | March 2021 Many words are spent on sustainability and ESG investments. Hopefully, we will soon move from words to deeds. Our daily lives, every action made by businesses and families every year need to be sustainable and the strategies followed by the leaders
Insurance Daily | February 2021 In Italy, there are over 4.5 million companies that hire over 17 million people; they are, for the most part, micro businesses. Small and medium-sized businesses (or PMIs) hire over 4 million people – their turnover is worth about one
Investire | February 2021 Not unlike cavalry, alternative PIR funds (or Individual Savings Schemes) have come to the rescue of ordinary PIR funds. In fact, a series of stop-and-gos has made the launch of ordinary PIR funds quite difficult. The PIR funds saga began in
We Wealth | March 2021 Elena Goitini’s recent appointment as CEO of BNL BNP Paribas has made us all proud: an Italian woman leading one of the largest Italian banks, part of a French group. Luckily, it is not a one-time instance: in Italy, other
Nicola Porro | Economia e Finanza by Leopoldo Gasbarro |February 2021 With the GameStop affair, the world witnessed the assault on the financial sector by social media: hundreds of thousands of Sardines – members of an Italian political movement known as Sardines movement – joined
Advisor | February 2021 The first Single Register of Financial Promoters (as financial advisors were called back then) saw the light in 1991. Desired by ANASF, the Single Register represented an exceptional result and the starting point of a long journey that marked the evolution
Bluerating | February 2021 The work placement of 30-year-olds is a long-standing issue that concerns almost all professions – notaries, doctors, university professors, artisans, and so on. The world of financial consultancy is no exception – in fact, jobs in the financial field require skills
Banks, between mergers and Bancassurance arrangements
Insurance Review | February 2021 Companies share an old Hamletic doubt: making or buying? This question reflects the alternative each company has between producing (making) or acquiring (buying) goods and services necessary for their activity. The choice has strategic importance because it leads to a
Advisor | January 2021 Over the last decade (2008-2019), the Italian world of financial consultancy has experienced a major development: the overall financial activity has grown from 8% to 14% and the assets under management have grown from 20% to 25%. Today, there are over
Insurance Daily | January 2021 Banks are currently witnessing the biggest revolution since the postwar period. The entire banking system is undergoing a process of redefinition. The process of aggregation of banking groups will culminate in 2021, lasting at least until 2025. In this context,
Bluerating | January 2021 An unforgettable year is now behind us. Financial advisors have learnt a lot: first and foremost, that the future depends largely on each single financial professional, on his/her ability to welcome change and to sail towards a specific destination. A lot
Private Banking’s quest to warrant efficiency AP Private November | December 2020 The Private client segment and its extreme points – HNWIs and UHNWIs – represent a true test bench for any bank, financial advisor or private banker. In fact, because of the size of
The return of the Robo-Advisor Advisor | December 2020 Every day influential people working in the private banking, asset management and financial consultancy industry remind us about the rise in the total amount of liquidity held by the Italian banking system (which, for the record,
Investire | December 2020 Three years ago, very few people talked about ESG. What used to sound as an enigmatic acronym, today has become the holy mantra of the asset management and financial consultancy industry, the quickest to recognize a phenomenon of growing importance. Four
Il Sole24 Ore | 17 December 2020 by Lucilla Incorvati Because wealth and culture (for now) push more towards ESG investments? According to the latest Finer survey which mapped the 4.5 million clients of financial advisors, it is above all the most educated and richest
Bluerating | December 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has put a strain on our country and on the whole world. Very few industries survived the first wave of the pandemic; even fewer will outlive the second wave. Networks of financial advisors emerged from the Covid-19 storm
Plus24 Il Sole24 Ore | 12 December 2020 In Italy the issue of generational change is still a taboo only 17% have solved it. On average, women, the over 75, those who live in the north, the most educated and the wealthiest are more sensitive.
Gender differences in the world of asset management
Investire | November 2020 Every year FINER conducts three monitoring surveys on three categories of financial professionals: 3.300 Financial Advisors (CF Explorer), 1.700 Private Bankers (PB Explorer) and 2.000 Bank Managers who deal with affluent clients (BM Explorers). Here is the percentage of women in
Insurance agents and financial advisors united by the same fate
Insurance Connect | November 2020 Banks and networks of financial advisors are not content with just their supremacy over the industry of life insurance. Recently, Italian banks and networks have invaded the field of liability and accident insurance. There are two main reasons. The most
Advisor | November 2020 Since the very beginning, the world of financial consultancy has been the early hotbed of a successful service model that, in time, has become exemplary for financial institutions. Moreover, one of the main strengths of the world of financial consultancy is
Bluerating | November 2020 Since the very beginning, the world of financial consultancy has been the early hotbed of a successful service model that, in time, has become exemplary for financial institutions. Moreover, one of the main strengths of the world of financial consultancy is
2000-2020: the 20 years that changed the world of financial consultancy
Investire Today | 31 October 2020 The evolution of the financial advisor in 4 steps: 1. From “Promotori” to “Consulenti”, from financial promoters to financial advisors The change of name to Consulente, or Advisor, does not merely reflect a formal transition – in 2016, the
ETFs and financial consultancy: a new-found chemistry
Investire | October 2020 In Italy, ETFs were met with suspicion. Active managers considered them second-class products – in their opinion, ETFs could not make use of the many opportunities offered by the market (for example, going contrarian); on the contrary, they could merely take
AP Private | October – November 2020 What are the eligibility requirements for Private Banking? What’s the minimum balance required to be classified as Private Client? The answer is not quite as simple: it depends on the bank and on the type of client. In
Advisor | October 2020 Going back to work after our first post-pandemic summer made it clear that nothing will be as before. Today, the headquarters of banks and insurance companies, which used to host thousands of workers, look like cathedrals in the desert; only small
The value of awards and certificates to financial professionals and companies
Bluerating | October 2020 What is the value of a certificate attesting to a set of skills acquired during a training course, a certification or an award won as best financial advisor of one or several networks? The answer depends on the reliability of the
Insurance Connect | October 2020 Italians are frequently mocked for their poor financial education. Admittedly, the data are unforgiving: 795 billion euros are currently deposited in non-interest-bearing accounts, less than one Italian out of ten has home insurance, and we could add hundreds of other
Investire | September 2020 At the time of the lockdown, thousands of tricolor flags appeared on the balconies and roofs of Italian homes. Indeed, Italians are a notoriously resilient people and, in times of trouble, they join forces. Videos of the aerobatic demonstration team of
We Wealth | September 2020 When it comes to raising awareness on the importance of self-protection, preservation and future thinking, the pandemic and the 100 days in lockdown have done more than decades of communication and marketing activity ever did. Let’s consider some data:
Independent financial advisors, the dark horses of the financial industry
Bluerating | September 2020 In the UK and USA, the independent financial advisor is a well-established professional figure. On the other hand, the job is still quite uncommon in Italy, where only 240 out of the over 55.000 financial advisors registered to the OFC (Single
Advisor | September 2020 A document published on 18 June 2020 by Fondazione Nazionale dei Commercialisti was met by renewed fears of encroachment. The document’s declared aim is to identify new areas of work and to widen the range of skills available to accountants in
bigger is better. Bluerating | August 2020 Currently, networks of financial advisors are living an extraordinary time thanks to three strong points inherent to their service model: 1) the proactive attitude adopted by financial professionals; 2) digitalization; 3) a strong ability to operate offsite. The
WeWealth | July 2020 Recent antiracism protests in the United States, Great Britain and elsewhere saw the toppling of statues representing figures that may offend political, ethnic or religious sensibilities. Statues of Christopher Columbus – guilty, according to some interpretations, of having paved the way
AP Advisor Private | July 2020 34% of them are active entrepreneurs; 22% owe their fortune to the family business, of which they own a share; 16% have sold their business, while the remaining 28% have made a fortune out of their career. On balance,
There is a kind of finance which goes short on listed companies and that is commonly described as speculative; its motto is mors tua vita mea.
There is, however, another kind of finance which invests in companies adopting a medium-long term sustainable strategy.
Advisor | July 2020 What is the impact of Covid–19 on the field of financial consultancy? What legacy will it leave? What are the challenges for the financial field and how are we to face them? What will remain of the Covid-19 emergency? We, as Italian people, love life – resilience, survivability and creativity are our biggest strengths. Lately, many industries have given proof
Bluerating | June 2020 Before the pandemic, banks and insurance companies would compete to see who could build the highest skyscraper or host thousands of employees. The richer the family, the higher the tower, just as in the Middle Ages. Suffice it to think of
Advisor | June 2020 When we think of resilience, we often focus on images of epic heroes such as Maximus Decimus Meridius, the Roman general portrayed by Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott’s epic historical film Gladiator. What unites a fearless hero (Joan of Arc, for
AP Advisor Private | May 2020 Until a few years ago, the market of private banking used to be an island of happiness in the middle of a relatively calm sea: investments with guaranteed returns and low risk; prudential objectives of clients focused on maintaining the value of their assets; strong
New vulnerabilities, savers in search of protection.
A unique opportunity. Insurance Daily | May 2020 The issue of new vulnerabilities related to ESG themes has been on the agenda of all stakeholders since before the pandemic. We need only read the letter written in January 2020 by Larry Finch, Founder & CEO of BlackRock, the largest asset management company (7 million dollars): “We are on
and private bankers in the time of coronavirus We Wealth | May 2020 How has the communication between HNWI clients and bankers changed in the time of lockdown? Let’s start with two emblematic cases, the product of ethnographic observations confirmed by the results of a
AMCS and distribution system united by the same fate
SGR and distribution before and after the pandemic Investire | May 2020 Before the pandemic, it was a race between AMCs: the number of financial roadshows, the most evocative locations, the best buffets and the most original gadgets. For some time now, a feeling has
guidelines for fas and financial networks Bluerating | May 2020 Financial advisors and financial networks have never been so close to their clients – their prompt response to the emergency is characteristic of an industry carrying in its DNA proactivity, empathy and sympathy with clients.
Finer and Assogestioni Focus Risparmio | April 2020 Assogestioni, with the support of FINER, has promoted the monitoring of the sentiment of the professionals in the field of finance (financial advisors, private bankers and managers), with the aim of evaluating the repercussions of the lockdown
Banks and insurance companies united by the same fate
Insurance Review | April 2020 There are at least three reasons why banks and insurance companies share a common destiny: 1) they deal with the same ‘raw material’, money management and protection; 2) they are enduring the maturity of the markets in which they operate
The financial advisor is always there, in good and bad times
Financial Consultants and Covid emergency Investire | April 2020 Financial advisors have responded to the health emergency that has been plaguing our country for weeks with an esprit de corps second only to that of the medical and public security staff. A well-known Latin proverb
Emergency management Bluerating | April 2020 The networks of financial advisors and our banks have shown the ability to manage the emergency with clarity of mind and composure. Financial advisors reassured and supported their clients in dealing with issues linked to their investments, most certainly
Smart-working and Covid-19 Advisor | April 2020 Before the coronavirus emergency, 2% of employees worked from home in Italy, compared to 20,2% in the UK, 16,6% in France, and 8,6% in Germany. Then, the pandemic broke out and in two weeks – the Ministry of
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