More rich young investors are opting to go without a traditional financial adviser. Instead, they are betting they can get good-enough investment options from do-it-yourself digital platforms that are cheap and easy to use. Many also want to invest in riskier assets, like cryptocurrencies and tech startups, that mainstream advisers often don’t offer.
Big firms are wagering that reluctant young people may hire an adviser when they are older. “When you start to go from the wealth accumulation phase to the retirement phase, the world gets much more complicated,” said Jed Finn, chief operating officer of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and head of corporate and institutional solutions. ”People don’t think they need advice until they need advice.”