Do you have what it takes to sell to millennial advisors?
| Andy Sieg|
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
At SIFMA's private client conference last week, Andy Sieg
committed to strengthening the firm's base of young advisors "from all walks of life."
that the head of Merrill Lynch
told attendees, "Make no mistake, when we look out over the next 10 years the thundering herd will be growing."
A younger advisor force is inevitable, and asset managers will have to rethink how they appeal to the next generation of intermediaries.
Social media is one area where the industry seems underprepared for this shift. Citing compliance concerns, many asset managers have shied away from having an online presence. That may fly with current advisors, but when you're targeting people who have been using social media for all of their adult lives, it's tougher to pull off.
According to a survey
conducted by Greenwich Associates
at the end of last year, 32 percent of asset managers report that they don't use any social media. And three quarters of those fundsters have no plans to start. So far, LinkedIn has seen the greatest industry adoption by far because it's easier from a compliance standpoint.
Chasing the latest social media trends could be a losing game, though. Newer platforms, like Snapchat, pose an entirely new compliance nightmare: content disappears once it's viewed.
, and ETF.com
also reported on Sieg's plans for Merrill.
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