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How Envestnet | Yodlee’s Startup Incubator Nurtures Data-Driven Innovators

How Envestnet | Yodlee’s Startup Incubator Nurtures Data-Driven Innovators

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Industry Analysis

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments to you make, the better.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson The startup game is not for the faint of heart.  While there are thousands of new companies being launched by bright-eyed entrepreneurs every year, only a small percentage will turn out to be successful. This is especially true in the […]

3 Key Differences Between Blockchain Hyperledger and Ethereum

3 Key Differences Between Blockchain Hyperledger and Ethereum

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Industry Analysis

“Chess is not always about winning.  Sometimes it’s simply about learning.”1 This anonymous quote summarizes the new battle between old antagonists; IBM and Microsoft.  These two tech giants have staked competing claims to blockchain dominance by backing competing standards.  IBM supports hyperledger while Microsoft is pushing Ethereum.  Both are decentralized ledgers that can be used to manage […]

Oranj Leapfrogs Robo-Platforms With TradeWarrior Acquisition

Oranj Leapfrogs Robo-Platforms With TradeWarrior Acquisition

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Industry Analysis, Technology

It is a great time to be an independent RIA.  At least when it comes to technology.  There seems to be an endless supply of tools for automating, optimizing and generally improving the efficiency of an advisory firm’s operations. This is especially true in what we like to call the robo-platform or digital advice space.  Innovative companies […]

Pershing Looks to Natixis to Help Them Catch Envestnet in UMA

Pershing Looks to Natixis to Help Them Catch Envestnet in UMA

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Industry Analysis

Unified Managed Accounts (UMA) never achieved the expected market domination or lived up to the peak hype that existed before the financial crisis.  Now, it is just another managed account program, alongside Separately Managed Accounts (SMA), Mutual Fund Wrap (MFW), Rep-as-Advisor (RAA) and Rep-as-PM (RPM).  While UMA currently holds only around 12% of all advisory assets, according […]

How RIA’s Can Survive the Wild West of Roboadvisor Technology – Kitces

How RIA’s Can Survive the Wild West of Roboadvisor Technology – Kitces

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Industry Analysis

In the 1966 spaghetti Western, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Clint Eastwood plays one of three gunslingers competing to find fortune in a buried cache of Confederate gold amid the violent chaos of the American Civil War. Each of the three have only partial information about the gold’s location, so they have to work together if […]

What If RoboAdvisors Gave Away Financial Planning?

What If RoboAdvisors Gave Away Financial Planning?

Bill Gates made a splash recently with a controversial statement about how to deal with the impact of technology on the job market.  He proposed a new tax on companies that install robots to replace human workers.  His logic is that a tax will reduce the pace of automation and the money raised would be used for retraining displaced […]

5 Reasons Why Banks Should Start Their Own RIAs

5 Reasons Why Banks Should Start Their Own RIAs

Posted by on Feb 26, 2017 in Industry Analysis

Twenty years ago, the majority of new accounts opened by banks were trust accounts, while only a small minority were advisory accounts.  That has since flipped 180 degrees.  Now, the majority of accounts are advisory, with only a small percentage being trust accounts.  Yet, many bank wealth management groups still put all of their accounts onto […]

The Top 10 WMToday Posts from 2016

The Top 10 WMToday Posts from 2016

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in Industry Analysis

Craig’s Note: I love these summary articles because they’re a great way to re-purpose content while providing you, our loyal readers, with a handy overview of the year gone by.  Robo-Advisors are still a hot topic, although I believe a B2C shakeup is likely in 2017.  Portfolio rebalancing tools have been a staple on this blog since it started. […]

4 Career Tips from Successful Women in FinTech

4 Career Tips from Successful Women in FinTech

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Industry Analysis

There is a curious trend an observant mind will notice while scanning the halls of any wealth management conference. In most rooms, less than 15 percent of the crowd are women. Despite ongoing efforts, bringing larger numbers of women into the financial advisory fields has been challenging. FinTech has been no exception. Despite the sector’s power […]

Question of the Month: Ensuring DOL Compliance

Question of the Month: Ensuring DOL Compliance

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Industry Analysis

For much of the past year, the wealth management industry has alternately dreaded and lamented the DOL Fiduciary Standard rule. With the DOL legislation now behind us, how can broker-dealers successfully adjust their business strategy? This question was posed to us recently when a large, independent broker dealer (IBD) was in need of a corporate […]