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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 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 […]

7 Impressions from the Orion Advisor Conference

7 Impressions from the Orion Advisor Conference

Posted by on Sep 9, 2018 in Conference Summaries

Back when Orion Advisor Services’ CEO Eric Clark was still working for his father’s RIA, I’ll bet he never imagined that one day he would be on stage in front of 700+ clients, partners and staff of his own company. And on his birthday, to top it all off. Yet this very scenario played itself […]

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 […]

Can Retail Model Marketplaces Challenge TAMPs for Assets?

Can Retail Model Marketplaces Challenge TAMPs for Assets?

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Portfolio Management

This article is the second in our series on the tools and technologies that help connect asset managers to their distribution networks. Whether they are called hubs, exchanges or marketplaces they have a wide variety of functionality and business models and they all share one key feature; ability to transmit managers’ investment models to sponsor […]

Orion Advisor Tries to Eclipse the Competition With New Portfolio Rebalancer

Orion Advisor Tries to Eclipse the Competition With New Portfolio Rebalancer

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Portfolio Management

Back in the early 1990’s, when software was still delivered on floppy disks, it was common for software to be sold as separate applications, with each one costing hundreds of dollars each.  They didn’t communicate with each other and their user interfaces were often completely different. But then, Microsoft, which was just getting a handle […]

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 […]