It is, indeed, quite surreal times that we are facing lately. For less than two months, the stock markets were booming, and people looking forward to another prosperous year. After the pandemic breakout of COVID-19, there is hardly no “business as usual” anymore, at least not for the time being.
Although, I am a bit worried about the uncertainty we are all facing, I do like the effect that this crisis seems to have on us humans. Politicians are standing united with the Swedish flag on the same spot on their suit jackets where their political party symbols used to be just a couple of weeks ago. People are helping each other to get food (and toilet paper, obviously ;-) from the stores if they are unable to leave their homes. Today I got a call from the Head of Procurement at our largest customer. Normally, these calls would end up in price discussions or discussions about contracts, but today he simply called to ask us how we felt and to offer financial support if we ever needed it during the coming months. This made me warm in my heart and it manifests the relationship we are striving to have with our customers.
Though the current situation looks uncertain, we should all view upon it as an opportunity. An opportunity to come out on the other side with a more sustainable environmental setup. An opportunity to get a public conversation less polarized and with focus on the important subjects in life. An opportunity to lean back and scrutinize whether or not we are using our resources in the most efficient way.
"Let's all strive to a better way of dealing with clients, keep improving your processes, be curious and assess new technologies. It will be a day when this crisis is over and new conditions will be evident for financial services and wealth management."
Over the years I have come to realize that many of you, wealth managers, find room for improvement with your current financial software or lack thereof. However, wheels have been spinning fast and focus has been on developing your business rather than taking necessary steps to refresh your IT. We are acknowledging this as a fact and I’m certain our valued competitors are doing as well. Let's all strive to a better way of dealing with clients, keep improving your processes, be curious and assess new technologies. It will be a day when this crisis is over and new conditions will be evident for financial services and wealth management. As a proud part of the software industry for wealth managers, Sharpfin is here to make sure we support your business requirements, and, by imposing a fair subscription-based income model we make sure to grow together with your business! Let’s keep the faith and plan for this together.
If you are still not physically affected by crazy virus, lets catch up for lunch at one of the local restaurants of your choice to support the local business. If, however, in a near future, restaurants are closing down you are more than welcome over to my place on a well cooked lunch to discuss the future both on a personal and corporate level. Cause’, if we do not have acquaintances among people, what do we have left?