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Acorns: We’re Not Just Gathering Assets, We’re Building a Brand

Acorns: We’re Not Just Gathering Assets, We’re Building a Brand

Posted by on Jul 1, 2018 in Conference Summaries

“Acorns is not in the asset accumulation business. We are building a consumer brand that sells financial products.” — Manning Field, Chief Commercial Officer, Acorns Some companies have a mission statement and some have a corporate vision while others have both. At Acorns, the micro-investing app, they have a mantra. Inspired by the mighty oak […]

5 Keynote Takeaways from the 2018 Digital Banking Conference

5 Keynote Takeaways from the 2018 Digital Banking Conference

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Banking, Conference Summaries

If you couldn’t make it to beautiful Austin, TX for American Banker’s Digital Banking Conference 2018, you’re in luck!  We prepared a quick summary from some of the most interesting keynote speakers at the conference right here for you! The Future of Digital Banking The opening keynote by @BrettKing at #DigBanking18 sets the stage for an event about the future […]

Will AI be an Advisor’s Best Friend or Worst Nightmare?

Will AI be an Advisor’s Best Friend or Worst Nightmare?

Over the next decade, artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies will have a tremendous impact on the human labor market. So much so that AI could render nearly half of all US occupations obsolete. In fact, we can expect 65% of today’s college graduates to one day be working in jobs that do not […]

Envestnet Rebrands ENV2 as a Financial Wellness Platform

Envestnet Rebrands ENV2 as a Financial Wellness Platform

Posted by on May 25, 2018 in Conference Summaries

Maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment. I’ve already written a summary of the recent Envestnet Advisor Summit, from a Tamarac perspective. (See 8 Cool Tamarac Updates from the Envestnet Advisor Conference)  But, I still have a ton of notes and tweets regarding the two other legs of the Envestnet technology stool; ENV2 and Yodlee. So, why […]

8 Cool Tamarac Updates from the Envestnet Advisor Summit 2018

8 Cool Tamarac Updates from the Envestnet Advisor Summit 2018

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Conference Summaries

Creole cuisine, bead necklaces and Saints football at the Metrodome are three things that I come to my mind when I think of New Orleans. But last week, my thoughts were firmly focused on the Envestnet Advisor Summit, which was held in The Big Easy for the first time. With over 1,500 attendees, Envestnet’s client conference […]

InvestEdge Peers a Decade Into the Future at Their Strategic Partner Forum

InvestEdge Peers a Decade Into the Future at Their Strategic Partner Forum

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Conference Summaries

Looking forward 10 years into the future of any industry is mixture of one part research, one part intuition and one part luck.  And we have to wait a decade to see if the predictions were even close to being right. InvestEdge, a leading provider of innovative financial advisory technology solutions, gave their clients a […]

“Don’t Get Creepy”: Privacy in Wealth Management & Emerging Technology Trends

“Don’t Get Creepy”: Privacy in Wealth Management & Emerging Technology Trends

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Conference Summaries

“Where am I to go now that I’ve gone too far?” — Lyrics from Twilight Zone by Golden Earring There is a story that is now infamous among statisticians and big data analysts about how retailing giant Target was able to figure out which of their female customers were pregnantsolely based on their shopping habits.  They […]

4 Best Practices for Banks Launching Digital Advice Channels

4 Best Practices for Banks Launching Digital Advice Channels

Posted by on Apr 29, 2018 in Conference Summaries

“I think that you will all agree that we are living in most interesting times. I don’t remember a time in which our history was so full, in which every day brought us new objects of interest, and, let me say also, new objects for anxiety.” — Joseph Chamberlain, British Politician, 1898 We can all […]

7 Surprising Ideas From Fiserv Forum 2018

7 Surprising Ideas From Fiserv Forum 2018

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Conference Summaries

The future impact of emerging technologies on banking and wealth management were a continuous theme throughout Fiserv’s annual client conference, called Fiserv Forum, which was held last week at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and the rise of China in mobile payments were hot topics covered by multiple speakers and panel discussions […]

3 Reasons Every Advisor Should Be Blogging: Josh Brown Ritholtz

3 Reasons Every Advisor Should Be Blogging: Josh Brown Ritholtz

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in Conference Summaries

It seems that financial advisors are under assault from all sides.  From industry behemoths like Vanguard, who can give away advice while capturing product fees on $100 billion in assets, to digital RIAs (formerly called robo-advisors) that spend VC cash on marketing like Philadelphia Eagles players spraying Champagne after winning the Super Bowl. Software algorithms […]