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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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Is CleverDome the Holy Grail of Cybersecurity?

Is CleverDome the Holy Grail of Cybersecurity?

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in Conference Summaries, Technology

“If you think technology [alone] can solve your security problems, then you don’t understand the problems and you don’t understand the technology.” – Bruce Schneier, Cryptographer and computer security expert Companies around the world are under constant attack by an increasingly business-savvy brand of cyber-criminal. Using ever more sophisticated techniques, they have successfully stolen hundreds of millions […]

RBC Tries to Jumpstart RIA Custody Business with New Platform

RBC Tries to Jumpstart RIA Custody Business with New Platform

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Industry Analysis, Technology

The asset gap between the Big 4 RIA Custodians and the second-tier custodians is as wide as the Grand Canyon. With a combined asset base of over $2.5 trillion, the Big 4 would seem to have nothing to worry about from their small custodian peers. Yet, the many niche RIA custodians don’t seem to be […]

WealthManagement.com: What’s Riskalyze Building?

WealthManagement.com: What’s Riskalyze Building?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in Industry Analysis

“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed”. When science-fiction writer William Gibson came up with this maxim in the early 1990’s, he was referring to how technological advances are unevenly spread across the globe. The same holds true for technological advances across the fintech space. Take Riskalyze for example. When the company was […]

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 […]

Can Big Data Make Risk Tolerance Questionnaires Obsolete?

Can Big Data Make Risk Tolerance Questionnaires Obsolete?

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Risk Management, Technology

This week, we remember a seminal event in the history of artificial intelligence. It was the twentieth anniversary of world chess champion Gary Kasparov’s loss to IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer. I was fortunate to be in attendance when Kasparov gave a keynote speech at the 2017 Envestnet Advisor Summit, where he spoke about his latest book, Deep Thinking. […]

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 […]