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How new technologies are empowering financial advisers

From artificial intelligence to analytics advances, fintech is changing the wealth management industry. Pexels

Today's technologies have changed the wealth management industry by providing innovative tools to help empower clients and may allow a more productive and beneficial working relationship between financial advisers and their clients. Whether someone is saving for retirement, college, a new business, or travel, I have found that with new technologies, I am better able to communicate with my clients and help them meet their holistic investment goals.

It is an exciting time for wealth management. The industry is on the cutting edge of creating and adopting new technologies and innovations to empower financial advisers to engage and manage our clients' assets. Technologies such as artificial intelligence and risk analytics can provide financial advisers with a more complete picture of their clients' financial lives, which in turn helps us monitor progress and adjust course as needed.

Clients want a trusted adviser to guide them in meeting their financial goals, and now I am able to implement new technologies that help me provide a higher level of service. Using new platforms, I am able to provide real-time information and advice to my clients. I can use this technology to tailor information to their specific investments, how the market is affecting them, and determine what moves to recommend to help them get them closer to their financial goals.

With recent volatility in the market, having immediate, real-time information helps me to change direction within a client's portfolio if needed, and has been a true blessing. The risk analytics platform enables me to identify financial risks that my clients may be exposed to and allows us to quickly change course if necessary. It's a powerful way to engage. Communicating expeditiously and efficiently is important with all clients including those that have large, diversified portfolios.

Lastly, as some clients mature in age, I have begun working with them and their adult children. Together, we use technology applications to monitor the portfolio's progress to meeting the client's goals. The technological tools available within the wealth management industry have become a beneficial way to conduct business with these younger generations, especially Millennials.

As the world continues to incorporate additional technologies into all facets of life, the new tools available to wealth managers can be impactful. We can improve our relationships with clients, provide dependable information, and help guide their decisions so they may achieve their goals in life.

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Margo Geddie is senior vice president and financial adviser with the wealth management division of Morgan Stanley in Houston.

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Re:3D is one of two Houston companies to be recognized by the SBA's technology awards. Photo courtesy of re:3D

A couple of Houston startups have something to celebrate. The United States Small Business Administration announced the winners of its Tibbetts Award, which honors small businesses that are at the forefront of technology, and two Houston startups have made the list.

Re:3D, a sustainable 3D printer company, and Raptamer Discovery Group, a biotech company that's focused on therapeutic solutions, were Houston's two representatives in the Tibbetts Award, named after Roland Tibbetts, the founder of the SBIR Program.

"I am incredibly proud that Houston's technology ecosystem cultivates innovative businesses such as re:3D and Raptamer. It is with great honor and privilege that we recognize their accomplishments, and continue to support their efforts," says Tim Jeffcoat, district director of the SBA Houston District Office, in a press release.

Re:3D, which was founded in 2013 by NASA contractors Samantha Snabes and Matthew Fiedler to tackle to challenge of larger scale 3D printing, is no stranger to awards. The company's printer, the GigaBot 3D, recently was recognized as the Company of the Year for 2020 by the Consumer Technology Association. Re:3D also recently completed The Ion Smart and Resilient Cities Accelerator this year, which has really set the 20-person team with offices in Clear Lake and Puerto Rico up for new opportunities in sustainability.

"We're keen to start to explore strategic pilots and partnerships with groups thinking about close-loop economies and sustainable manufacturing," Snabes recently told InnovationMap on the Houston Innovators Podcast.

Raptamer's unique technology is making moves in the biotech industry. The company has created a process that makes high-quality DNA Molecules, called Raptamers™, that can target small molecules, proteins, and whole cells to be used as therapeutic, diagnostic, or research agents. Raptamer is in the portfolio of Houston-based Fannin Innovation Studio, which also won a Tibbetts Award that Fannin Innovation Studio in 2016.

"We are excited by the research and clinical utility of the Raptamer technology, and its broad application across therapeutics and diagnostics including biomarker discovery in several diseases, for which we currently have an SBIR grant," says Dr. Atul Varadhachary, managing partner at Fannin Innovation Studio.

This year, 38 companies were honored online with Tibbetts Awards. Since its inception in 1982, the awards have recognized over 170,000 honorees, according to the release, with over $50 billion in funding to small businesses through the 11 participating federal agencies.

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