J.P. Morgan named World’s Best Private Bank by Global Private Banker

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J.P. Morgan Private Bank maintains its number one rank among peers building on its advisory and technological capabilities to power growth

For an impressive fourth straight year, J.P. Morgan Private Bank is recognised as the Best Private Bank – Overall at the Global Private Banking Innovation Awards 2024.

Global Private Banker evaluates the Best Private Banks at a global, regional and country-level based on unique achievements and business excellence of participating institutions for the period under review. This is documented by those private banks that have demonstrated effective private wealth management strategies reinforced through strong financial performance, exceptional client experience and enhanced digital innovation. In particular, J.P. Morgan Private Bank has categorically outperformed by consolidating its financial position, strengthening its private client engagement model and expanding its unique wealth creation & preservation solutions augmented by the streamlining of its private wealth operations.

Financial performance: expanding revenues bolstered by a favourable interest rate environment and AUM flow

Indeed, in 2023, the Private Bank registered USD $10.7 billion in revenues recording a 20% year-on-year increase driven by both higher net interest income and higher non-interest revenue, while its net income reached USD $ 3 billion. Furthermore, the Private Bank’s total assets under management (AUM) reached USD $974 billion in 2023, rising by almost 30% year-on-year, as clients repose their trust and confidence in the institution’s ability to drive investment performance and deliver solutions aligned with their needs.

The Private Bank also expanded its front-line capabilities through the recruitment of 378 new client advisors during the year with its private banking bench strength reaching 3,515 clearly needed to service the more than 84,000 clients. Importantly, the Private Banking segment’s total client assets rose significantly to USD $2.452 trillion in 2023 from USD $1.964 trillion in 2022.

In comparison, fellow peer Bank of America Private Bank had an equally compelling year as the institution recorded USD $3.6 billion in revenues and client balances rising to USD $607 billion growing by 8% year-on-year with 3,100 net new relationships being realized encompassing individuals, families and institutions. Naturally, the Private Bank also benefited from higher net interest income in addition to higher asset management fees sourced by positive AUM flows.

In addition, HSBC Global Private Banking has reported a 12% year-on-year increase of revenues at USD $2.252 billion in 2023 crediting rising interest rates with deposits reaching USD $11 billion growing by 15% year-on-year.

Client experience: unlocking new value through strategic advisory capabilities

Similarly, J. P. Morgan Private Bank has prioritized deepening private client relationships through initiatives such as 23 Wall where a global team provides strategic advice to wealth families with regards to privately owned assets. Integrated in to both the Private Bank and Investment Bank, 23 Wall is now servicing more than 700 families with USD $4.5 trillion of assets. Importantly, the institution is extending access to the firm’s deal flow, balance sheet and intellectual capital. Likewise, clients have access to private transactions and non-traditional financing in addition to securing introductions with other large and prominent wealth families.

Furthermore, J.P. Morgan Private Bank is facilitating successful client journeys through the utilization of ‘goals-based planning’ advice module, which helps private clients formulate wealth objectives followed with the construction of tailored investment plan guided by J.P. Morgan’s Long-Term Capital Market Assumptions (LTCMAs). The goals-based planning tool elevates the digital experience for UHNW clients through wealth planning features, portfolio implementation functions and monitoring capabilities.

This tool has also enhanced the advisory capabilities of the Private Bank as advisors are now better positioned to proactively address client needs with the emphasis being on strategic and holistic advice that ensures the realization of client objectives within the agreed upon parameters. Notably, the goals-based advice module has facilitated a unique private client experience, which is driving further digital engagement among private wealth clients and enabling the Private Bank to capture a deeper share of wallet.

Likewise, HSBC Global Private Banking has increased its suite of investment offerings for private clients with the introduction of eight ESG and sustainable investing mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Indeed, its global NPS score currently stands at +42 (from +25 in 2022) powered by improvements in relationship manager engagement and enrichment of its digital platforms as key Asian markets respond positively to the Private Bank’s initiatives. Markedly, the Private Bank has also introduced new metrics to help private clients better understand their ESG performance and support more informed investment decision-making.

Innovation: AI and data-driven solutions transforming private client engagement

Nevertheless, another key highlight for J.P. Morgan Private Bank in 2023 has been its introduction of a suite of AI driven tools that have significantly augmented the capabilities of its advisory team and augmented the efficacy of advisory response helping clients navigate different market cycles. Importantly, these series of initiatives have had a material impact on the operational efficiencies of advisors, providing frontline staff with requisite insights and metrics to unlock further value for clients by delivering more personalized experiences and opportunities for wealth preservation & growth.

Likewise, Bank of America Private Bank has made requisite investments in technology as well, which involves leveraging data-driven insights to more effectively serve private clients. Remarkably, the Private Bank has secured a superior digital engagement with 92% of clients now actively using the Bank’s mobile and online platforms, marking a significant jump from an erstwhile 65% of a few years ago. In particular, clients are likely to continue to benefit from the rollout of additional features on the Unified Mobile App that will help simplify processes and make a further elevated digital experience possible.

About Global Private Banker

The Global Private Banking Innovation Awards 2024, organised by Global Private Banker, exist to identify, honour, and celebrate the world’s preeminent Private Banks, Family Offices and Wealth Managers that demonstrate elite levels of advisory, unbiased investment research and bespoke solutions, together with their distinguished leaderships’ contribution to client services.

Indeed, Global Private Banker Awards are accolades of excellence and distinction, attributed to outstanding players, and provide independent and objective benchmarks for the global wealth industry. As the world’s most authoritative and transparently judged awards program, more than 210 entries from 50 plus participating institutions have been received during the 2024 awards cycle.

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