7 August 2017
JOINT PRESS RELEASE
PlanPlus of Toronto, Canada and FinaMetrica of Sydney, Australia are delighted to announce their merger, effective 1st August 2017.
The merged entity is called PlanPlus Global, but the globally recognized PlanPlus and FinaMetrica brands will also continue to offer their world-leading products on a stand-alone basis. Each is a recognized international leader in its market – PlanPlus for its innovative multi-currency, multi-jurisdiction financial and investment planning software and FinaMetrica for its proven personal financial risk tolerance measurement tools.
The merger means that PlanPlus Global can now offer an integrated solution – around evidence-based investment suitability – to banks, investment managers and financial advice enterprises who want to build robust, defensible planning and advice applications that can be scaled globally.
PlanPlus founder, CEO, Shawn Brayman said: “We believe we are the first truly world class provider of professional advice solutions for enterprises and individual planners. Our products range from the world’s most respected psychometric risk tolerance profiler to a goal-based robo adviser to comprehensive financial planning, all in several languages with more than 12,000 users in dozens of countries.”
The two firms have collaborated together for over a decade, sharing a deeply-held belief that customers and providers all benefit when rigorous academic research underpins financial advice processes. Each has individually built an international reputation for delivering tools to help enterprises build consistency into scalable advice solutions.
FinaMetrica co-founder, Paul Resnik said: “The strategic match between FinaMetrica and PlanPlus is extraordinary. Our products complement each other and we share a common commitment to delivering financial systems that prioritize client’s best interests. Meanwhile, we both have global businesses serving the corporate market and individual advisors. The merger comes at just the right time for us to meet the market’s demands for an affordable, scalable and defensible advice solution that can be applied internationally across platforms, channels and borders.”
The merged business serves customers in more than 30 countries with significant presences in Canada, US, UK and Australia and substantial user bases in India, Germany, South Africa and Malaysia. PlanPlus Global has staff, offices and representatives in all major time zones to ensure all clients, large and small, are fully supported.
FinaMetrica co-founder Geoff Davey will now exit the business after his retirement from executive roles in 2015. Paul Resnik said “FinaMetrica’s world leading reputation in financial risk tolerance is largely the result of Geoff’s insight, intellectual rigour and hard work. We thank him and wish him a long and happy retirement.”
PlanPlus Global is accelerating an ambitious development plan, including continued expansion of their collaborative platform that provides scaled advice from Do-It-Yourself to traditional advisor driven, and exploring the potentials of big-data and artificial intelligence as additional components in standardizing and automating the Know Your Client process.
About PlanPlus Global
PlanPlus founder Shawn Brayman is CEO in PlanPlus Global while FinaMetrica co-founder Paul Resnik is now Director of Global Markets.
All PlanPlus and FinaMetrica employees continue on with the new entity. Sydney has now been added to the five PlanPlus offices in major cities around the world.
PlanPlus Inc. has, for more than 25 years, provided innovative investment and financial planning software and training to financial institutions, professional advisors and the general public. Its application, PlanPlus Planit, is a global industry leader currently used in more than 30 countries around the world, delivering groundbreaking multi-currency, multi-language capabilities. For more information, visit: www.planplus.com
The FinaMetrica Risk Tolerance Toolkit™ launched in 1998 after more than four years of development with the assistance of Australia’s University of New South Wales. It’s now maintained with senior academics from the London School of Economics with an international recognition as the world’s best practice risk profiling. Over a million profiles set up by thousands of independent financial advisors in over 20 countries have proved the toolkit’s reliability and validity. For more information, visit: www.riskprofiling.com
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