Wealth management services have become a popular niche market exploited by the nation's financial institutions over the past three years, but most people still prefer consulting their friends or media for investment advice, a survey showed.
Among a wide array of possible investment information sources, 24.6 percent of the survey's 1,100 respondents said they watch financial TV programs to absorb investment tips, followed by 18.2 percent who browse the Internet and 15.1 percent who garner information from magazines, according to the report released by the Chinese-language business monthly Global Views (
While 13.5 percent said they rely on friends' advice before making investments, only 8.3 percent consult wealth management professionals at banks, although financial holding companies have been placing much emphasis on this field.
Of those who seek wealth managers' investment recommendations, 43 percent of those surveyed said that they did not add any financial products to their portfolios.
This might be because professionals' suggestions fail to meet investors' needs, as one-third of the respondents said.
For those who have made investments based on banks' advice, the top three investment targets are overseas funds, insurance policies and domestic funds, according to the survey, which was conducted from Oct. 21 to Oct. 23.
Compared with the US, Tai-wanese expressed a far lower willingness to entrust their assets to professionals, with only 47 percent expressing confidence in banks.
The results indicate that there is ample room for both improvement and growth for the mushrooming wealth-management business.
The poll also surveyed which of the nation's 14 financial holding companies made the best impression on the public.
* TV programs -- 24.6 percent
* Internet -- 18.2 percent
* Magazines -- 15.1 percent
* Friends -- 13.5 percent friends
* Wealth management professionals -- 8.3 percent
Source: Global Views
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Their well-known brands and good service record are cited as the most important reasons behind the ranking.
In response to a question about whether the establishment of financial holding companies has been beneficial to the public, more than 36 percent of respondents said there was no difference in the services they get, while one-third said there was.
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