"Advisers are seeking to adopt digital tools to better engage and inform customers in the advice process through increased transparency and greater client ownership."
IRESS has announced the launch of new digital tools through XPLAN from early 2018.
The new tools will enable advisers to complement their face-to-face propositions with digital functionality, providing clients with the choice to engage wherever and whenever they want to. It also aims to provide advisers with a more cost-effective way to provide advice and ongoing servicing to clients.
The new offering includes improved visibility and accessibility to the clients’ portfolio and performance data, as well as allowing access to several aspects of the advice process such as viewing key documents, financial goals and cash-flow management.
Planned developments also include secure client-adviser correspondence, tailored dashboards and newsfeeds, appointment booking and ‘ring-fenced’ trading capabilities for a portion of client portfolios.
IRESS has also recently expanded its digital development team, with the appointment of Richard Ross as Digital Product Manager.
Andrew Simon, IRESS Executive General Manager (Product), said: “Advisers are seeking to adopt digital tools to better engage and inform customers in the advice process through increased transparency and greater client ownership. This digital capability will help XPLAN users to grow their business through new channels and achieve business efficiency. XPLAN will underpin advice propositions and help advisers realise the business potential of an integrated digital advice channel.
“The new capability is being co-designed with advisers and their clients. The offering will also be branded and configured for individual advice groups and institutions based on particular compliance regimes and existing advice workflow. For advisers that already have their own client portal, IRESS can offer XPLAN digital tools as an API, which will allow them to build these elements into their own platform.”