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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 […]

HNW Clients Are Driving Banks to Expand Digital Advice Solutions

HNW Clients Are Driving Banks to Expand Digital Advice Solutions

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Banking

As much as the previous business cycle in retail banking was marked by an unsustainable consumer credit explosion, the current one will be shaped by digital. This will include increased changes in payments and a wider metamorphosis in systems enabled by digital technologies. There is an immediate need for action. According to a report by […]

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 […]