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#WinnersOfWealthTech Ep 11: David Lyon, CEO of Oranj

#WinnersOfWealthTech Ep 11: David Lyon, CEO of Oranj

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Interviews, Technology

“There is no algorithim in the world that can replace the relationship between two people.” — David Lyon This month’s Winners of Wealthtech interview is with David Lyon, CEO of Oranj, a Chicago-based provider of digital technology solutions for financial advisors. Here are a few of my interviews with previous winners: Brian McLaughlin, CEO of Redtail […]

#WinnersOfWealthTech Ep 6: John Michel, CEO of CircleBlack

#WinnersOfWealthTech Ep 6: John Michel, CEO of CircleBlack

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in Interviews, Technology

“You have to be true to what makes you excited to get up in the morning.” — John Michel This month’s Winners of Wealthtech interview is with John Michel, CEO of digital advice technology vendor CircleBlack. John is a serial entrepreneur with a long history of building successful businesses and innovating in financial services and wealth management. Here […]

#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 3: Why Advisors Should Embrace Digital Marketing with Kevin Mulhern

#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 3: Why Advisors Should Embrace Digital Marketing with Kevin Mulhern

Posted by on Mar 12, 2019 in Interviews, Technology

“We’re now in a world where investor’s expectations for communication and contact are much, much higher than they were even five years ago.” –- Kevin Mulhern Kevin Mulhern is the co-founder and CEO of AdvisorStream. Previously, he was the founder of three other startups including a Canadian retail brokerage firm, a new media outlet for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]