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Morgan Stanley to launch AI chatbot to woo wealthy

Reuters: “Wealthy clients going to a Morgan Stanley financial adviser to discuss their investments may have a different sort of experience in the future: having a chatbot listen to their conversation. After testing it with 1,000 financial advisers for some months, the bank will roll out a generative artificial intelligence bot this month, developed with the makers of ChatGPT, OpenAI. Bankers can use the virtual assistant to quickly find research or forms instead of sifting through hundreds of thousands of documents. The bank is also developing technology which eventually, with clients’ permission, could create a meeting summary of the conversation, draft a follow-up email suggesting next steps, update the bank’s sales database, schedule a follow-up appointment, and learn how to help advisers manage clients’ finances on areas such as taxes, retirement savings and inheritances. The details of the program have not yet been reported. “The impact (of AI) will be very significant,” potentially comparable to the advent of the internet, said Sal Cucchiara, Morgan Stanley’s chief information officer of wealth and investment management, who is among the executives driving the bank’s push into AI…”

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