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The Future of MPS Model Portfolio Management Service Operations: Optimizing Scale, Efficiency, and Personalization Through Technology

By 28 February 2024No Comments
The Future of MPS Model Portfolio Management Service Operations: Optimizing Scale, Efficiency, and Personalization Through Technology

In the rapidly evolving landscape of investment and technology, Managed Portfolio Services (MPS) operations stand at the cusp of a significant transformation. This change is fueled by advancements in mathematics and technology. As we look towards the future, the vision for MPS operations is clear: to achieve optimal scale, efficiency, risk management, and personalization (bespeaking) for clients, with minimal need for human intervention beyond the realms of important human opinions and approvals. This vision not only aligns with the growing demand for personalized investing services but also addresses the critical need for robust systems capable of guiding model portfolio managers through the complexities of modern financial markets.

The New Era of MPS: Technology at the Helm

The cornerstone of future MPS operations lies in leveraging technology to automate and optimize every aspect of portfolio management operations. From algorithms that can resolve conflicting instructions and priorities, to audit logs and technology ensuring the security and transparency of processes, the technological backbone of MPS is becoming increasingly sophisticated.

Optimal Scale Through Automation

The scalability of MPS operations is a critical factor in their ability to serve a broad spectrum of clients efficiently. Automation plays a pivotal role in achieving this scale, enabling service providers to manage an extensive array of portfolios without compromising on the quality or personalization of service. Through automated systems, MPS can handle complex portfolio construction methods, and perform rules-based calculations at a speed and accuracy that far surpass human capabilities.

Efficiency and Risk Management: A Data-Driven Approach

Efficiency in MPS operations is closely linked with effective risk management. Future systems are expected to employ analytics around model portfolio compliance and implement preemptive strategies to mitigate them. This data-driven approach allows for the continuous monitoring of portfolios ensuring that investment strategies remain aligned with clients’ objectives and risk tolerance.

Personalization: The Bespoke Touch

One of the most compelling aspects of future MPS operations is the level of personalization or bespeaking, that technology enables to allow for increased client servicing. Tailoring investment strategies to meet the unique needs and preferences of individual firms is no longer a luxury but a necessity in the competitive landscape of wealth management. By harnessing the power of analytical engines, MPS providers can offer customized model portfolio solutions that resonate with the unique requests, goals, and values of their clients.

The Human Element: Opinions and Approvals

Despite the extensive automation and technological integration, the human element remains indispensable in the MPS ecosystem. The future vision acknowledges the value of human insight, particularly in the form of investment opinions and approvals. While technology can process data and suggest strategies, the nuanced understanding of client aspirations and ethical considerations requires human judgment. This synergy between human expertise and technological efficiency ensures that the workflow is not only optimized but also aligned with each client’s broader requirements and standards.


As we navigate through the “post-truth” era and the increasing regulatory focus on MPS operations, the need for systems that support not just financial returns but also trust, transparency, and a personal touch becomes paramount. The future of Managed Portfolio Services is poised to meet this need by blending sophisticated technology with the irreplaceable value of human insight. This dual approach promises to bring an era of mass personalized investing, where scale, efficiency, risk management, and personalization converge to create investment solutions that are as unique as the firms they serve. The journey towards this future is not just about embracing technological advancements but also about reimagining the role of MPS in empowering advisory firms and guiding humanity towards a prosperous, informed, and perhaps ethical investing landscape.

Stuart Holdsworth

Author Stuart Holdsworth

Stuart has over 30 years of experience in the use of technology for the strategic competitive advantage of businesses in the financial markets and investment industry.

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