The firm’s three initial areas of focus are segregated mandates in retail investing, research to support product development and product launches, and trends in the financial advice market.
NextWealth’s first clients include Fidelity International and Bravura Solutions.
“I am thrilled to support the asset management, fund and advice industry as a trusted partner and fair observer of vital industry trends,” said Hopkins.
“We are in a period of intense disruption. The investment industry is being reshaped by regulators, margin pressure, shifting customer needs and digital disruption. At NextWealth we help firms understand what’s next in wealth and to exploit the trends for long-term competitive advantage.”
Alongside the launch of NextWealth, Hopkins has become a director of Clive Waller Consulting, as well as named vice-chair of The Investment Network and a director of the UK Platform Awards. At the same time, Clive Waller has become a director of NextWealth.
NextWealth has also appointed Vassili Dagiakidis, a data analytics expert, to lead on quantitative analysis and project management.
Prior to working for three years at Platforum, Hopkins was a senior analyst at Centaur marketing and has held senior analyst roles at Experian and Hitwise.