The evolution of financial advice and asset management

Sam Hallinan. managing director Nikko Asset Management

As investors become more aware and new technologies become more readily available, Australia’s financial services industry will have to step up and innovate to take advantage of these opportunities, or risk getting left behind. In this two part series, Sam Hallinan, managing director of Nikko Asset Management Australia, discusses the evolution of financial advice and asset management, and future gazes as to how the entire financial services value chain will adapt going forward.


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What you'll learn /

This Nikko Asset Management Thought Leaders course with Sam Hallinan will give you insights into:


The evolution of financial advice
The largest threat to Australian investors
The future of active funds management, and the impact new technology will have on the sector

About the expert /

Sam Hallinan /

managing director Nikko Asset Management

Sam Hallinan is the managing director of Nikko Asset Management, Australia, and leads a team of 75 people who cover Australian, global and Asian equities, Australian fixed income, and multi asset investments. His career spans over 20 years in the Australian financial services industry and has focussed on asset management, strategy, sales and organisational culture

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Outline of the course /

Future gazing: the financial advice landscape

Financial advice for the most part has traditionally taken place in a face-to-face environment with the adviser firmly at the helm. However, as Sam Hallinan, managing director of Nikko Asset Management Australia explains, this is already changing due to new technologies and a realisation from advisers that they will no longer be able to generate the same levels of profitability through traditional approaches. In the first of two interviews, Sam speaks with Vanessa about the evolution of financial advice and why he believes disengagement is the biggest threat to Australian investors.

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Future gazing: the future of active funds management

Increased scrutiny on the role of fund managers and the fees they charge can only be a positive for the industry as it forces out mediocracy and increases opportunity and innovation says Sam Hallinan, managing director of Nikko Asset Management Australia. In the second part of his interview, Sam and Vanessa discuss the future of active funds management and the impact new technologies and entrepreneurial thinking will have on the sector.

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