On which type of insurance coverage to buy, 78 per cent of Hong Kong respondents are open to robo-advice, compared with the 74 per cent global average.

A high percentage of Hong Kong consumers are willing to accept the use of robots – computer-generated advice and services – for their banking, insurance and retirement planning needs in future, according to a new survey by Accenture.

The global consultancy found seven out of 10 respondents around the world would welcome such advanced digital retail platforms, which first emerged as robo-advice and automated trading systems in the investment banking sector.

Piercarlo Gera, the senior managing director at Accenture Financial Services, said that financial institutions will need to put in place a phygital strategy that seamlessly integrates technology, branch networks and staff to provide a service that combines physical and digital capabilities, and gives consumers a choice .

Institutions will need to put in place a phygital strategy that seamlessly integrates technology, branch networks and staff to provide a service that combines physical and digital capabilities, and gives consumers a choice

Accenture s global distribution and marketing consumer research, conducted in May and June last year, surveyed 32,715 respondents in 18 markets, including Hong Kong, Britain, Japan, the US and Singapore, if they were willing to solely receive robo-advice in future about which type of bank account to open and insurance coverage to purchase, as well as how to plan finances for retirement and what investments to make.

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