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19 Ideas from the T3 Advisor Conference Your Boss Needs to Know

19 Ideas from the T3 Advisor Conference Your Boss Needs to Know

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Conference Summaries

In order to escape the Polar Vortex gripping the country, I traveled to a much more comfortable location in beautiful Denton, TX and attended the T3 Advisor Conference 2019. Ready to kick off #T32019 with the incomperable @FinTechie – Lets Go! #EverythingIsBiggerInTexas pic.twitter.com/LjCpGL7OQO — Craig Iskowitz (@craigiskowitz) January 30, 2019 How can we start a […]

Advisor Group’s eQuipt is a Quantum Leap in Onboarding Technology

Advisor Group’s eQuipt is a Quantum Leap in Onboarding Technology

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Technology

Operations and business management can act like quicksand for independent advisors, who need to spend more time managing day-to-day operations than their branch network counterparts. This is according to Cerulli who also reported that while advisors overall spent 21% of their time on administrative tasks such as account opening, independent advisors spent 49% more time […]

How the Quovo Deal Validates Envestnet’s Vision for Yodlee

How the Quovo Deal Validates Envestnet’s Vision for Yodlee

Posted by on Jan 22, 2019 in Industry Analysis

“Good ideas are always crazy, until they’re not.” – Larry Page, co-founder of Google When Envestnet CEO Jud Bergman announced that his company was shelling out just under $600 million to buy data aggregator Yodlee, saying that the market did not approve was an understatement. The firm was blasted by both the press and equity […]

We Built The Technology, But Advisors Didn’t Come

We Built The Technology, But Advisors Didn’t Come

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Conference Summaries, Technology

“When advisors see great technology, they want it. We build it, but they don’t really use it.” — Dean Zayed, CEO and Founder of Brookstone Capital Management Unlike the mysterious voice from the Kevin Costner movie Field of Dreams that said, “if you build it, they will come”, financial advisors do not always embrace new […]

The Top 10 Articles from 2018

The Top 10 Articles from 2018

Posted by on Dec 30, 2018 in Industry Analysis

Welcome to 2019! It’s the 50th anniversary of both the Woodstock Music Festival and the Neil Armstrong’s Giant Leap for Mankind. Somehow I don’t think we’ll be able to top either of those events, but that won’t stop us from trying! Every year we compile this list of the most viewed articles here on Wealth […]

Is Cryptocurrency Ready for Wall Street?

Is Cryptocurrency Ready for Wall Street?

In the year 1637, in what is now the Netherlands, market speculators bid up the prices for tulip bulbs to astronomical amounts.  In one alleged transaction, a single bulb of the Viceroy variety was traded for 1,000 pounds of cheese, 12 sheep and 8 pigs. The Tulip Mania, as it was later called, ended with […]

Invest West Conference 7 Minute Summary

Invest West Conference 7 Minute Summary

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Conference Summaries

As anyone who has sat next to me at a conference knows, I’m a hyperactive tweeter, sharing interesting tidbits and observations from the various speakers and panelists.  So, one would expect that someone who uses Twitter so much would think to check the conference hashtag before blasting out fifty or more tweets? Not I, said […]

Is BlackRock-Envestnet Deal a Tipping Point for Lite Financial Planning?

Is BlackRock-Envestnet Deal a Tipping Point for Lite Financial Planning?

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Financial Planning, News, Technology

What’s the best way to get financial planning functionality into the hands of more advisors? Standalone  applications, like MoneyGuide Pro and eMoney Advisor, or “lite”financial planning functionality built directly into wealth management platforms? This tug-of-war has been going on for the past few years and it looks as though we might have reached a tipping point. BlackRock […]

The Secret Sauce in the Top 6 Client Onboarding Vendors

The Secret Sauce in the Top 6 Client Onboarding Vendors

Posted by on Nov 25, 2018 in Technology

There is a huge difference in scale between JP Morgan, the largest US retail bank with over $2 trillion in assets, and a small community bank like the Bank of Ontario, which is just shy of $50 million in assets.  They differ in almost every aspect including number of customers, branches, lines of business and global […]

The 3 Deadly Sins Advisors Must Avoid to Grow Their Business

The 3 Deadly Sins Advisors Must Avoid to Grow Their Business

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in Practice Management

“Clients aren’t hiring advisors so they can make 1% less per year.” — Ron Carson, CEO, Carson Group This is one of my favorite quotes of the year and a terrific behavioral nudge for advisors to keep looking for ways to increase the value they provide to clients. They should be shown how they are […]