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Wealth in Australia: HNW Investors 2018

Wealth in Australia: HNW Investors 2018


The Australian wealth market offers significant opportunities for wealth managers despite its high level of development. The local HNW segment is significantly older than their global peers, suggesting that intergenerational wealth transfer will offer a significant source of new business over the coming years. In particular, inheriting female spouses are often overlooked and should be given more attention. In the expat space, wealth managers will find those migrating under the Significant Investor Visa a lucrative target market. To appeal to this segment as well as the wider HNW market, providers have to up their game when it comes to the provision of tax advisory services, given that there continues to be a significant gap between supply and demand. One of the main challenges facing the Australian wealth market is the lack of new advisor talent. This is magnified thanks to investors’ strong preference for high-touch, time-consuming advisory mandates.

This report analyzes the investing preferences and portfolio allocation of Australian HNW investors. The report is based on our proprietary Global Wealth Managers Survey. Specifically the report -

  • Profiles the average Australian HNW investor in terms of their demographics.
  • Looks at which wealth management mandates are preferred among Australian HNW investors and how demand will develop going forward.
  • Examines the allocation of Australian HNW investors’ portfolios into different asset classes and how this is expected to develop in the future.
  • Analyzes HNW investors’ propensity to invest offshore, their preferred booking centers and asset classes, and Australia’s standing as an offshore center.
  • Explores product and service demand among Australian HNW investors.
  • 46% of male HNW investors are older than 60 compared to 26% of female ones. Wealth managers should pay increased attention to women, as more will take over the reins of family wealth.
  • Only 12,824 HNW individuals in Australia are expats, but those migrating under the Significant Investor Visa are a lucrative segment thanks to their greater likelihood to migrate permanently.
  • Wealth managers that reach out to the expat segment with a one-stop service proposition will have an advantage over specialized boutiques.
  • A lack of time is driving uptake of advice, but investors are reluctant to relinquish control and advisory mandates remain the preferred type of asset management, accounting for 64% of assets.
  • In stark contrast to the global trend, Australian HNW investors are moving away from property and equities. They currently constitute a noteworthy 48% and 15% respectively, but diversifiers such as alternatives and bonds will attract an increasing share of HNW wealth.
  • Australian HNW individuals only hold 16% of their wealth abroad, but providers will not encounter any difficulties reaching out to investors in the wider region.
  • Only a third of providers targeting HNW investors offer tax advice, despite strong and rising demand.
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  • Develop and enhance your client targeting strategies using our data on HNW profiles and sources of wealth.
  • Give your marketing strategies the edge required 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 current and future demand for different asset classes among HNW individuals.
  • Develop your service proposition to match the product and service demand expressed by Australian HNW investors and react proactively to forecasted changes in demand.


  • Executive Summary
    • Already a mature wealth market, Australia still offers room for growth
    • Key findings
    • Critical success factors
  • Overview
    • Succeeding in Australia's HNW market requires an understanding of evolving HNW demand patterns
    • Demographics: Professionals employed in the financial services industry represent a lucrative target market
      • Table Figure 1: Female HNW investors tend to be younger than their male counterparts
    • Expats: Providers will have to work hard to make the expat opportunity work
      • Table Figure 2: Expats represent just 7.3% of the Australian HNW population
    • Investment style preferences: Lack of time drives uptake of advice, making convenience an implicit part of a wealth service
      • Table Figure 3: Becoming the prime wealth manager pays off in Australia
    • Asset allocations: Bonds and alternatives will be on the rise
      • Table Figure 4: Investors' significant allocation to equities could result in strong portfolio value fluctuation should volatility increase
    • Offshore preferences: A good investment track record and a wide range of products can entice wealth home
      • Table Figure 5: Better returns offshore are driving HNW wealth abroad
    • HNW product and service demand: Wealth managers should lead with tax and pension planning
      • Table Figure 6: The focus has shifted from retail to commercial property
  • Inheriting Spouses Mean Big Business, but Few Providers are Set Up to Capitalize
    • Intergenerational wealth transfer represents a significant opportunity in Australia
      • Table Figure 7: Intergenerational wealth transfer represents a significant opportunity in Australia
    • More needs to be done to reach out to the next generation of HNW investors
      • Citi Private Bank's Next Gen program helps private banks build ties with inheritors early on
        • Table Figure 8: Citi's Next Gen program aims to build ties with the next generation of HNW investors early on
    • Only focusing on the next generation limits earning opportunities
      • Table Figure 9: 44% of Australian HNW investors are 61 years of age or above
  • Tax Structuring Services are Key to Keeping Expat Wealth in the Country
    • On first view the Australian HNW expat market is not a lucrative one
      • Australian HNW expats are transients rather than migrants
      • Job transfer is the number one reason for HNW investors moving to Australia
        • Table Figure 10: Australian HNW expats are more likely to be transients than immigrants
    • HNW expats migrating under the SIV are more attractive than those reaching Australian shores as part of a job transfer
      • However, competition for SIV migrants is heating up due to regulatory changes
        • Table Figure 11: Credit Suisse helps HNW migrants with the visa application process
      • Partnerships with third-party companies will enable wealth managers to reach out to expats at an early stage
    • The complex needs of expats make them an attractive target, but a wide service offering is a must to appeal to these clients
      • Table Figure 12: Australian HNW individuals are demanding but lucrative
      • Providing tax advice can help bring expat offshore holdings to Australia
        • Table Figure 13: Tax efficiencies are the main reason HNW expats invest in their country of residence
  • Effective Corporate-Level Branding Minimizes the Risk of Losing Clients when Advisors Move On
    • Time is precious but control is even more important, meaning Australian HNW investors strongly favor advisory mandates
      • Table Figure 14: 63% of Australian HNW wealth is held via advisory mandates
      • An advisory relationship allows for more efficient relationship building
        • Table Figure 15: The advisor-client relationship is the single most important retention tool in Australia
    • Wealth managers have to bond with clients on a brand level
      • In a market where the advisor-client relationship is of utmost importance, good advisors are hard to come by
      • Having a CRM system in place reduces the risk of client loss when a relationship manager leaves
        • Table Figure 16: It is increasingly difficult to hire relationship managers in Australia
      • A client base that is only loyal to the advisor, not the brand, poses retention risks
      • NAB Private is strongly positioned to service customers' private and business banking needs
  • Providers Should Push for a Portfolio Reshuffle as Opposed to a Move Away from Equities and Property
    • A lack of capital appreciation opportunities will see demand for real estate and equities fall
      • Table Figure 17: Australian HNW demand for equities and property is forecast to decrease
    • Wealth managers should convince investors of the benefits of a more selective investment strategy to avoid outflows
      • Banking Royal Commission interference may wreak short-term havoc in the equity space
        • Table Figure 18: The S&P/ASX 200 tends to move in the same direction as global indices
      • However, record dividend payments and Australia's imputation system are a compelling argument for equity ownership
      • Concerns over a crash in the property market are overstated
        • Table Figure 19: Annual house price percentage changes by capital cities
  • Asian Offshore HNW Wealth Means Big Business
    • Australian wealth managers will find Asian offshore investors a lucrative target market
      • Table Figure 20: Australia is a popular booking center among Asian HNW offshore investors
      • Stricter regulations and a cooling property market will see HNW wealth inflows decline
      • Wealth managers should focus on diversification benefits to attract a wider range of investments
        • Table Figure 21: Property and equities dominate the Asian offshore portfolio
    • The end of the bull run in the US is good news for local providers
  • Wealth Managers Must Improve at Promoting their Tax Advisory Services
    • Wealth managers need to close the tax advice service gap
      • Table Figure 22: Offering tax advisory services is a must in Australia
      • Only a third of wealth managers offer tax advisory services
        • Table Figure 23: Demand significantly exceeds supply when it comes to tax advisory services
      • ATO's increased focus on Australia's rich will continue to drive demand for tax planning
      • Estate Planning Equation works with investors and their advisors to structure tax
        • Table Figure 24: Estate Planning Equation assists advisors and their clients in tax matters
  • Appendix
    • Abbreviations and acronyms
    • Supplementary data
      • Table Cash and near-cash products: importance of asset allocation drivers
      • Table Equities: importance of asset allocation drivers
      • Table Bonds: importance of asset allocation drivers
      • Table Property: importance of asset allocation drivers
      • Table Commodities: importance of asset allocation drivers
      • Table Alternatives: importance of asset allocation drivers
    • Definitions
      • Affluent
      • HNW
      • Liquid assets
    • Methodology
      • GlobalData's 2017 Global Wealth Managers Survey
      • GlobalData's 2016 Global Wealth Managers Survey
      • Level of agreement calculation
      • Service level of demand score
      • Forecast level of demand calculation
    • Bibliography
    • Further reading
      • Table Figure 25: GlobalData at a glance

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