Pilatus Bank believes the mass-affluent in the UK might prove to be the early adopters of the Uber moment of Banking

Pilatus Bank CEO Hamidreza Ghanbari

The mass-affluent is smart, diverse and wealthy, yet completely under-served. They have all the characteristics of early adopters; hence it would be a huge mistake to take them for granted

Hamidreza Ghanbari, CEO of Pilatus Bank says, “The mass-affluent is smart, diverse and wealthy, yet completely under-served. They have all the characteristics of early adopters; hence it would be a huge mistake to take them for granted.”

The CEO of Pilatus Bank believes the mass-affluent segment is going to be the driving force which ultimately is going to lead to the Uber moment of banking. Today, established banks focus most of their resources on closing down their branches and moving their customers to online banking platforms. This historical shift has created a service quality gap in delivery of banking products and services. Ghanbari at Pilatus Bank expands, “Whilst being the most under-served segment of the market, the mass-affluent has suffered the greatest from the diminishing quality of service.”

Historically, the mass-affluent’s access to private banking has been limited given the high fees and balance requirements. Additionally, traditional private banking models were not scalable, despite some private banks having spent a considerable amount of resources over the last two decades in an effort to build their branch networks and to make private banking more accessible. Today almost 40% of those branches recorded negative withdrawals in 2016, and nearly 10% of those branches lost money. This negative trend continues to gain speed.

Speaking at PIlatus Bank headquarters, Ghanbari believes that in order to make private banking relevant in the current climate, it needs to be accessible and affordable for the mass-affluent. This is achievable with fintech as an enabler of scalability within the private banking model, which is mainly focused on the relationship between the private banker and the customer. Fintech will also allow banks to acquire and service customers at a much lower cost compared to what banks currently are spending. So far, fintech companies have penetrated the non-core products of many banks; however, there is still a lot of room for improvement when it comes to the…

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