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Beam Me Up, Scotty! Orion Enterprise Warps Into a Next Generation TAMP

Beam Me Up, Scotty! Orion Enterprise Warps Into a Next Generation TAMP

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018 in TAMPs

When I first heard the news that NorthStar Financial was acquiring FTJ FundChoice (“FTJ”) and merging it with their subsidiary, Orion Advisor Services, I thought it was a terrific move.  Orion had been slowly moving up the value chain and pitching to larger clients, like broker-dealers and banks, but losing them to market leader Envestnet.  The addition […]

10 Transformational Trends from the T3 Enterprise Conference

10 Transformational Trends from the T3 Enterprise Conference

Posted by on Oct 29, 2018 in Conference Summaries

The high rollers were out, in Las Vegas last week, laying down their bets and placing wagers on contestants in high stakes games. Except these players were going all in on wealth management technology at the T3 Enterprise Conference, which was held for the second year in a row at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. #T32018 It is going […]

99 Takeaways from the Riskalyze Fearless Investing Summit 2018

99 Takeaways from the Riskalyze Fearless Investing Summit 2018

Posted by on Oct 21, 2018 in Conference Summaries

If there is one other thing that Aaron Klein does well, besides building a successful software company, it’s running a conference. Last year’s client conference in Lake Tahoe was a smashing success, so expectations were high for tThe Riskalyze Fearless Investing Summit 2018 held in San Antonio, TX. We really shouldn’t have been worried at […]

3 Trends Helping UMAs Break Through $1 Billion in Assets

3 Trends Helping UMAs Break Through $1 Billion in Assets

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Portfolio Management

Have unified managed accounts (UMAs) finally arrived? After almost two decades of hype, UMAs are on the precipice of an amazing feat. This most complex of managed accounts programs is finally going to eclipse $1 billion in assets. According to data from Cerulli, by the end of Q1 2018 UMA assets reached $986 billion.  This […]

How Technology Enabled Model Marketplaces to Take Off

How Technology Enabled Model Marketplaces to Take Off

It seems as though every wealthtech vendor and custodian has launched their own model marketplace. It’s gotten to the point where I’m expecting to see model offerings at the drive thru at Dunkin Donuts one day soon. According to research from Cerulli, 80% of all financial advisors use some type of model portfolios in their […]

5 Takeaways from 40 Demos at Finovate Day 1

5 Takeaways from 40 Demos at Finovate Day 1

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Conference Summaries

Finovate can be a tough crowd. The conference has set the bar high when it comes to product pitches. This is not a venue for the faint at heart or for vendors with buggy demos. The crowd attending this year’s Finovate Fall does not suffer fools kindly as a number of firms discovered during their presentations. But […]

7 Impressions from the Orion Advisor Conference

7 Impressions from the Orion Advisor Conference

Posted by on Sep 9, 2018 in Conference Summaries

Back when Orion Advisor Services’ CEO Eric Clark was still working for his father’s RIA, I’ll bet he never imagined that one day he would be on stage in front of 700+ clients, partners and staff of his own company. And on his birthday, to top it all off. Yet this very scenario played itself […]

Mission: Impossible – Choosing the Right Digital Advice Vendor

Mission: Impossible – Choosing the Right Digital Advice Vendor

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Conference Summaries, Technology

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to review and analyze the leading vendors in the digital advice space and select the best one for your firm.” “This message will self-destruct in five seconds.” Sometimes it seems that the only way to fully grasp the rapid advances in advisor technology is to be […]

Who Are the Leading Vendors in AI for Wealth Management?

Who Are the Leading Vendors in AI for Wealth Management?

Artificial Intelligence products and platforms deployed at the enterprise level is still a relatively new experience. Even though wealth management firms are slowly embracing machine learning (ML), natural language processing (NLP) and other models to dig deeper into their customer data and make business decisions, we are only scratching the surface of the benefits of […]

Eating the Dog Food: How 4 Fintech Startups Believe in Their Mission to Revolutionize Financial Services

Eating the Dog Food: How 4 Fintech Startups Believe in Their Mission to Revolutionize Financial Services

Posted by on Aug 5, 2018 in Conference Summaries

“Companies don’t fail because of poor product execution, they fail because they don’t eat the dog food.” — Andy Rachleff, co-founder and CEO of Wealthfront The CB Insights’ Future of Fintech 2018 conference began with a series of interviews with industry rebels. Taking centerstage were those who had lit the spark that sett off a long overdue revolution in […]