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Wealth in Sweden: HNW Investors 2018

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  • Region: Sweden
  • 52 pages
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Wealth in Sweden: HNW Investors 2018

Summary

the "Wealth in Sweden: HNW Investors 2018", report analyzes the investing preferences and portfolio allocation of Swedish HNW investors. The report is based on our proprietary Global Wealth Managers Survey.

Tapering economic growth, political gridlock, and a cooling property market are causing some uncertainty in Sweden’s wealth market, and this reflects in asset allocation forecasts. However, there are some notable bright points, particularly the country’s world class startup scene, which is boosting wealth sourced from technology and financial services, as well as proving a draw to HNW expats setting up businesses.

Specifically the report -
  • Profiles the average Swedish HNW investor in terms of their demographics and analyzes the expat opportunity in Sweden;
  • Analyzes which wealth management mandates are preferred among Swedish HNW investors and how demand will develop looking forward;
  • Examines the allocation of Swedish HNW investors’ portfolios into different asset classes and how the allocation is expected to develop in the future;
  • Analyzes HNW investors’ propensity to invest offshore, preferred booking centers, and asset classes;
  • Analyzes the product and service demand among Swedish HNW investors.
Scope
  • 15.8% of wealth in Sweden is derived from the technology & telecommunications sector, one of the highest proportions globally.
  • The HNW expat population is in line with the regional average, with almost 80% of this segment hailing from Finland and Norway.
  • Swedish HNW individuals tend to work with just 3.4 wealth managers and hold 53% of their portfolios with the lead provider.
  • Equities, particularly direct holdings, dominate Swedish HNW portfolios. However, a notable increase in cash holdings is anticipated, with 86.5% of wealth managers forecasting an increase over the coming year.
  • Swedish HNW investors hold a sizable 40% of their portfolio offshore. Almost half of offshore holdings are in equities, with centers such as the US, Germany, and the UK a particular draw.
  • 60.3% of wealth managers believe they will lose market share to automated investment services over the coming year. Demand for such services is high at 100%, but provision among traditional players is low.
Reasons to Buy
  • Develop and enhance your client targeting strategies using our data on HNW profiles and sources of wealth.
  • Give your marketing strategies the necessary edge and capture new clients using insights from our data on HNW investors’ preferences for the various styles of asset management.
  • Tailor your investment product portfolio to match the current and future demand for different asset classes among HNW individuals.
  • Develop your service proposition to match the service and product demand expressed by Swedish HNW investors and react proactively to forecasted changes in demand.
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Table of Contents

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1.1. Market summary
1.2. Key findings
1.3. Critical success factors

2. OVERVIEW
2.1. An uncertain macroeconomic environment is changing the face of the HNW investment landscape
2.2. Demographics: financial services professionals represent a lucrative target market
2.3. Expats: offering tax services will be key for the small HNW expat community
2.4. Investment style preferences: highlighting expertise and convenience will be key to maintaining high-value discretionary business
2.5. Asset allocation: a notable increase in cash allocation is anticipated
2.6. Offshore preferences: offering investors access and guidance to foreign stock markets is key
2.7. HNW product and service demand: wealth managers urgently need to determine their automated investment services strategies

3. BECOMING PART OF SWEDEN’S START-UP SCENE COULD PAY DIVIDENDS IN THE FUTURE
3.1. Sweden has one of the highest proportions of technology-derived wealth globally
3.2. The huge success of Sweden’s start-up scene is driving the importance of the tech sector
3.2.1. Stockholm is widely recognized as one of the world’s top locations for start-ups
3.2.2. An excellent technical infrastructure and small population make Sweden an ideal test bed for new products
3.3. Investment in the sector is growing and proving lucrative for venture capitalists
3.3.1. The success of the technology scene is also a boon for financial services, particularly in the venture capital space
3.3.2. Wealth managers should look to capitalize on the success of the start-up space by providing access to direct private equity opportunities
3.4. Wealth managers need to improve their engagement with the technology ecosystem
3.4.1. While local wealth managers are well versed in catering to entrepreneurs and employees…
3.4.2. … they need to improve their outreach to the start-up ecosystem

4. HIGHLIGHTING TAX EXPERTISE AND BUSINESS ADVICE WILL HELP TO ATTRACT EXPATS
4.1. The HNW expat opportunity is not particularly large, but indications are that it is growing
4.1.1. The HNW expat population is slightly above the European average
4.1.2. Interest in investment visas is increasing
4.2. Sweden’s start-up scene is a particular draw for foreign talent and investors
4.2.1. Sweden offers tax breaks for expats
4.2.2. There are no limitations on foreigners starting businesses

5. DISCRETIONARY SERVICES WILL REMAIN DOMINANT, BUT HIGHLIGHTING EXPERTISE WILL BE INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT
5.1.1. Discretionary services account for the majority of the market and demand is set to increase
5.1.2. Lack of expertise and time are key drivers for professional financial management
5.2. However, increased price sensitivity means providers should not rest on their laurels
5.2.1. HNW investors are willing to self-direct for lower fees, especially for simple investments
5.3. Wealth managers must focus on relationships and building trust to differentiate from self-directed and automated offerings
5.3.1. Relationships are also key for encouraging clients to try new investment types

6. THE PORTFOLIO MIX IS CHANGING AND WEALTH MANAGER GUIDANCE WILL BE CRUCIAL
6.1. Equities currently dominate, but a shift into cash and bonds is strongly anticipated
6.1.1. HNWs are becoming more risk averse thanks to uncertainty in the market
6.1.2. Negative interest rates and the weak Swedish krona mean cash holdings will need to be handled carefully
6.1.3. Bond holdings will be aided by a well-performing corporate bond market
6.2. Property market concerns call for an investment strategy review and a frank discussion with clients
6.2.1. Residential property prices appear to be cooling
6.2.2. The commercial market is faring better and HNWs will benefit from their exposure here

7. PROVIDING ADVICE ON AND ACCESS TO INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MARKETS IS KEY
7.1. Swedish HNW investors hold an above-average proportion of their portfolios offshore, predominately in equities
7.1.1. Equities account for the majority of holdings thanks to their diversification benefits
7.1.2. The quest for better returns is the predominant driver
7.2. Economic and currency instability are also important drivers
7.2.1. The krona dropped to a nine-year low in 2018
7.3. Offshore holdings tend not be for tax purposes, but recent leaks have had some fallout

8. AUTOMATED ADVICE PRESENTS OPPORTUNITIES BUT INCUMBENTS MUST DETERMINE THEIR POSITIONS
8.1. HNW demand for robo-advice is high, but wealth manager provision is low
8.1.1. Automated advice is the most strongly in-demand service among HNWs
8.1.2. However, wealth management provision is noticeably lacking
8.2. Fintech start-ups have led the way, but incumbents are starting to enter the market
8.2.1. Fintech players have dominated the Swedish robo-advice scene
8.2.2. Wealth managers see automated advice as an opportunity, not a threat
8.2.3. Avanza, Nordea, and Nordnet have all launched robo-advice services
8.3. Fintech robo-advisors are also making moves into the wealth management space
8.3.1. Opti launched a hybrid advisory and automated service in 2018

9. APPENDIX
9.1. Abbreviations and acronyms
9.2. Supplementary data
9.3. Definitions
9.3.1. Affluent
9.3.2. HNW
9.3.3. Liquid assets
9.3.4. Residency
9.3.5. Unicorn
9.4. Methodology
9.4.1. Demographics data from GlobalData’s WealthInsight
9.4.2. GlobalData’s 2018 Global Wealth Managers Survey
9.4.3. Level of agreement calculation
9.4.4. Service level of demand score
9.4.5. Forecast level of demand calculation
9.5. Bibliography
9.6. Further reading

List of Tables
Table 1: Cash and near-cash products: importance of asset allocation drivers
Table 2: Equities: importance of asset allocation drivers
Table 3: Bonds: importance of asset allocation drivers
Table 4: Property: importance of asset allocation drivers
Table 5: Commodities: importance of asset allocation drivers
Table 6: Alternatives: importance of asset allocation drivers

List of Figures
Figure 1: HNW fortunes are predominantly drawn from earned income, followed by entrepreneurship
Figure 2: HNW expats typically come from neighboring countries
Figure 3: Swedish HNWs tend to work with fewer wealth managers than the European average
Figure 4: Equity holdings dominate, but demand is expected to grow most for cash and bonds over the coming year
Figure 5: Swedish HNWs hold an above-average proportion of their portfolios offshore
Figure 6: There is a notable mismatch between high demand for and low provision of automated investment services
Figure 7: The technology & communications sector is a key source of Swedish HNW wealth
Figure 8: Investment into Sweden’s technology sector is on an upward trajectory
Figure 9: Wealth managers agree that HNW interest in investor visas has been increasing
Figure 10: Sweden wins the race in the number of technology investments in the Nordics
Figure 11: Stockholm has by far the largest financial market for smaller companies in the Nordics
Figure 12: Discretionary mandates predominate and are forecast to see the strongest growth
Figure 13: Lack of expertise is the key reason HNW individuals have their fortunes professionally managed
Figure 14: MiFID II has had an impact on price sensitivity, albeit less so than on other European markets
Figure 15: A trusted brand and relationships are the key reasons why investors choose their wealth manager over a competitor
Figure 16: Lancelot Asset Management offers alternative funds through Lancelot Camelot and Lancelot Avalon
Figure 17: Swedish HNW investors will be moving into bonds and cash, but out of commodities
Figure 18: There is strong consensus among wealth managers that Swedish HNW investors are becoming more risk averse
Figure 19: Strong growth in the corporate bond sector has seen it overtake Swedish government bonds in value
Figure 20: After years of growth, Swedish house prices have started to decline in 2018
Figure 21: In comparison with many other markets, Swedish HNW investors hold among the highest proportions of their portfolios offshore
Figure 22: The DAX and S&P500 have outperformed the OMXS30 since January 2013
Figure 23: Tax efficiency is a limited driver for Swedish HNW offshore holdings
Figure 24: Swedish automated investment services: fintech providers
Figure 25: Brokerage firm Avanza entered the robo space with Avanza Auto in September 2017
Figure 26: Opti is entering the wealth management market
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