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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 […]

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 […]

7 Game-Changers from the T3 Advisor Conference

7 Game-Changers from the T3 Advisor Conference

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in Conference Summaries

Industry focus. Relentless focus on gathering knowledge. A burning desire to stay up-to-date on the latest technology trends in wealth management. These are all of the reasons that I spent the week in Fort Lauderdale attending the T3 Advisor Conference and did not go home early to be at the Eagles Super Bowl Parade. Forty years […]

5 Bold Predictions for Advisors’ Product Shelf in 2027 

5 Bold Predictions for Advisors’ Product Shelf in 2027 

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Conference Summaries

The city of Chicago is known for having some seriously cold weather that can surprise visitors with it’s intensity. While October is far from the dead of winter, the average temperature has historically been in the high 50’s/low 60’s with a fair dose of wind to chill your bones. Fortunately, a few days of absolutely […]

Who Can You Trust When Buying Portfolio Rebalancing Software?

Who Can You Trust When Buying Portfolio Rebalancing Software?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in Industry Analysis, Practice Management

“As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you’re fired.”   — Alec Baldwin as Blake in Glengarry Glen Ross No one likes high pressure salesmen, no matter what they’re selling. Whether it’s a car, a cell phone or computer software, you […]

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 […]

Riskalyze Expands Beyond Profiling to Become a TAMP Supermarket

Riskalyze Expands Beyond Profiling to Become a TAMP Supermarket

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Risk Management, Technology

The waiting is over.  And we didn’t have to wait all that long.  We finally know what Riskalyze CEO Aaron Klein did with the $20 million in Series A funding the firm raised last October. They built their own Turnkey Asset Management Platform (TAMP). The reveal occurred at last week’s T3 Advisor Conference in Los Angeles, CA.  Klein kicked […]

Can TD Ameritrade Turn iRebal Into the RoboAdvisor Engine of Choice?

Can TD Ameritrade Turn iRebal Into the RoboAdvisor Engine of Choice?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Portfolio Management, Software Review

While stand-alone robo-advisor assets have flatlined, deep pocketed players are still circling, hoping to land a bargain and jump start their digital strategy.  Firms are pitching themselves as technology plays rather than just online RIA’s that mostly eschew human advisors. TD Ameritrade is positioning their latest version of iRebal as the ‘Intel inside’ for online advisors.  The technology savvy custodian […]

3 Secrets of Portfolio Rebalancing by Michael Kitces

3 Secrets of Portfolio Rebalancing by Michael Kitces

Rebalancing is a word that advisors know all too well.  With so much already written about portfolio rebalancing software and strategies, what is it about the subject that fills a conference room to capacity?  That is what I was wondering while sitting in the audience at the IMCA’s 2016 conference, waiting for Michael Kitces to take the stage and […]