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The Top 10 Articles from 2018

The Top 10 Articles from 2018

Posted by on Dec 30, 2018 in Industry Analysis

Welcome to 2019! It’s the 50th anniversary of both the Woodstock Music Festival and the Neil Armstrong’s Giant Leap for Mankind. Somehow I don’t think we’ll be able to top either of those events, but that won’t stop us from trying! Every year we compile this list of the most viewed articles here on Wealth […]

Invest West Conference 7 Minute Summary

Invest West Conference 7 Minute Summary

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Conference Summaries

As anyone who has sat next to me at a conference knows, I’m a hyperactive tweeter, sharing interesting tidbits and observations from the various speakers and panelists.  So, one would expect that someone who uses Twitter so much would think to check the conference hashtag before blasting out fifty or more tweets? Not I, said […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 Disruptive Demos from InVest NYC 2018

10 Disruptive Demos from InVest NYC 2018

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Conference Summaries

This has become one of my favorite parts of conferences: The Demos.  A steady stream of vendors, each given under ten minutes to extol their latest features to a highly critical audience that can sometimes get a little glassy eyed with wonder. In these sessions, it pays to be on early, since by the time […]

Digital Digest from the InVest 2018 Conference

Digital Digest from the InVest 2018 Conference

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Conference Summaries

The battle between every startup and incumbent comes down to whether the startup gets distribution before the incumbent gets innovation. I pulled this quote from one of my favorite podcasts, a16z, which is produced by VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. I felt as though I was witnessing this ongoing struggle live last week at the In|Vest […]

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 […]