In a move to further expand a holistic advice offering, platform provider HUB24 has acquired tech integration service myprosperity.
Myprosperity provides portals for accountants and financial advisers, which integrate investment and practice management systems that can also be accessed by clients. Through this access, clients can directly feed into the fact-find process and engage in other ways through the advice process.
HUB24 plans initially to integrate myprosperity with its custodial and non-custodial platforms, with the development of a single client portal planned for the entire suite of HUB24’s products and services.
HUB24 chief executive Andrew Alcock tells Professional Planner the acquisition is about “accelerating” the platform provider’s business strategy to become a holistic advice technology service.
“We know advisers are looking for ways to reduce friction, increase efficiency and understand a client’s full position, in terms of their wealth,” Alcock says.
“The myprosperity acquisition really is about accelerating some of our strategies about how we help people get a single view of wealth.”
Alcock says the role of platforms is to bring assets together for a client, but because some assets are held off platform this creates further complications for advisers.
“How do you bring that together, so you have the right client engagement and the right experience? That’s the aim with the acquisition.”
Research released in February by Investment Trends and Finura Group noted the willingness of platforms to broaden their functionality and offer more services.
At the same time, Iress has divested from its own platform service which it acquired from OneVue, to stay neutral in the space amid the expansion of its Connectivity Network.