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Should RIAs Use Tactical ETF Managers?

Should RIAs Use Tactical ETF Managers?

The low cost of ownership, high diversification, high liquidity and other general attributes of Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s) are well known and have helped drive their growth and popularity. So how can a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) take advantage of ETF’s to build diversified investment strategies for their clients? A panel discussion at the Money Management […]

The Top 10 WMToday Posts from 2014

At the end of every year, we compile a list of the most popular posts that were published on WM Today. It’s a great way to look back on what happened this year, and an insight-packed view of what really resonates with our readers. 10. Going Mobile: Review of AssetMark’s New iPad App As part […]

Current Trends in UMH Programs & Technology

Current Trends in UMH Programs & Technology

How have Unified Managed Households (UMH) been evolving in wealth management?  What are the essential elements of UMH?  Which segment of the industry has been leading with new UMH feature deployments? These questions and more were discussed during a panel session at the 12th Annual Managed Account and UMA Summit, organized by Financial Research Associates, […]

The Best of Both Worlds: Portfolio Rebalancing + Best Execution = Blaze Portfolio

The Best of Both Worlds: Portfolio Rebalancing + Best Execution = Blaze Portfolio

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Portfolio Management

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” — Steve Jobs For the past year and a half, I have been meeting with vendors of portfolio rebalancing software, seeing demos of their products and writing a series of articles about my findings.   All of the applications were very good and provided a long list […]

How a Cold Call Led to a Deal with Scottrade for ASI’s Rebalancing Software

How a Cold Call Led to a Deal with Scottrade for ASI’s Rebalancing Software

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in News, Portfolio Management

It was an idea born of convenience.  Neal Ringquist, President and Chief Operating Officer of Advisor Software Inc., was planning a trip to St. Louis to meet with one of their clients, EverBank.  He knew that Scottrade® Advisor Services was also headquartered there.  The thought seemed natural to him to give them a call and […]

Is MyVest the Right Portfolio Rebalancing Software for You?

Is MyVest the Right Portfolio Rebalancing Software for You?

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Portfolio Management

Research has shown that portfolios that are rebalanced at least annually experienced lower volatility and higher risk-adjusted returns than those that are not rebalanced.  Every advisor should have access to a quality, automated software rebalancing tool to handle this task, which used to be a time-consuming chore. As part of my series of articles on portfolio rebalancing software, […]

IAS Responds: Which Portfolio Rebalancing Software is Right for You?

IAS Responds: Which Portfolio Rebalancing Software is Right for You?

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Portfolio Management, Software Review

As part of my series of articles on portfolio rebalancing software, I met with some folks from Interactive Advisory Software (IAS), who were kind enough to give me a demo of not only their rebalancing tools, but their entire wealth management platform, called Solution 360. IAS is based in Egg Harbor Township, NJ and was founded in 2000.  They […]

Why Don’t Advisors Have Tools to Provide Holistic Advice?

Why Don’t Advisors Have Tools to Provide Holistic Advice?

 “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau According to a recent survey by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., 91% of consumers expect that the advice they receive from a financial advisor will take into account their total financial situation.  Yet, many advisors are still myopically focused […]

TD Ameritrade Comes Out Swinging with iRebal Update

TD Ameritrade Comes Out Swinging with iRebal Update

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Portfolio Management, Software Review

I began this series of articles on portfolio rebalancing software with a panel of four product vendors at last year’s T3 Conference. (see Which Portfolio Rebalancing Software is Right for You?)  One of those products was iRebal and since then I have been looking forward to writing a more in-depth review of it. I recently […]

The Hunger for Yield

The Hunger for Yield

This is a summary of a session from the Money Management Institute’s 2013 Spring Convention. The panel was made up of three experts all from large, institutional asset management firms: Daniel Loewy, Co-Chief Investment Officer, AllianceBernstein Donald Plotsky, Head of Product Group, Western Asset Management Robert McConnaughey, Head of Equity, Columbia Management The session moderator […]