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Acorns: We’re Not Just Gathering Assets, We’re Building a Brand

Acorns: We’re Not Just Gathering Assets, We’re Building a Brand

Posted by on Jul 1, 2018 in Conference Summaries

“Acorns is not in the asset accumulation business. We are building a consumer brand that sells financial products.” — Manning Field, Chief Commercial Officer, Acorns Some companies have a mission statement and some have a corporate vision while others have both. At Acorns, the micro-investing app, they have a mantra. Inspired by the mighty oak […]

3 Reasons Every Advisor Should Be Blogging: Josh Brown Ritholtz

3 Reasons Every Advisor Should Be Blogging: Josh Brown Ritholtz

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in Conference Summaries

It seems that financial advisors are under assault from all sides.  From industry behemoths like Vanguard, who can give away advice while capturing product fees on $100 billion in assets, to digital RIAs (formerly called robo-advisors) that spend VC cash on marketing like Philadelphia Eagles players spraying Champagne after winning the Super Bowl. Software algorithms […]

What If RoboAdvisors Gave Away Financial Planning?

What If RoboAdvisors Gave Away Financial Planning?

Bill Gates made a splash recently with a controversial statement about how to deal with the impact of technology on the job market.  He proposed a new tax on companies that install robots to replace human workers.  His logic is that a tax will reduce the pace of automation and the money raised would be used for retraining displaced […]

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 […]

Acorns vs. Stash: Why Micro-Savings Apps Are The Wave of the Future

Acorns vs. Stash: Why Micro-Savings Apps Are The Wave of the Future

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Technology

One of the amazing aspects of innovation is how different people can approach the exact same problem from completely different angles.  The social media has seen hundreds of startups including recent popular apps such as Viber (voice calls), Periscope (video streaming) and Snapchat (disappearing photos that has filed for an IPO at a valuation of $25 billion), whose founders all […]

RoboAdvisors and the DOL Rule: Perfect Together?

RoboAdvisors and the DOL Rule: Perfect Together?

Posted by on Dec 11, 2016 in Technology

I just finished an interesting book called “Time Travel: A History” by James Gleick.  It is a well-written amalgamation of the history of time travel in Western literature, starting with H. G. Wells’ classic, The Time Machine. Since Well’s novel pre-dated Einstein’s theories by almost a decade, he was not aware that time is relative to each observer. […]

Can DigitalPlus Advisors Topple the Robos?

Can DigitalPlus Advisors Topple the Robos?

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Conference Summaries

There has been an endless stream of synonymous terms created to describe advisors who leverage technology to provide online advice.  Digital advisors, hybrid advisors, or technology-enhanced advisors have all been suggested. At the Money Management Institute’s Fall Solutions Conference held last month, Chicago-based management consulting firm A.T. Kearney coined a new term, the DigitalPlus advisor. Follow me on Twitter @CraigIskowitz Bracing for the […]

How the RoboAdvisor Renaissance Pushed the Industry Out of the Dark Ages

How the RoboAdvisor Renaissance Pushed the Industry Out of the Dark Ages

Posted by on Jul 9, 2016 in Conference Summaries, Technology

While B2C robo advisors have yet to reach asset levels that could threaten traditional advisors, their innovative technology has been spurring firms to revamp their online presence.  A Roboadvisor Renaissance has spread across the formerly stodgy wealth management industry.  Legacy technology vendors are rushing to revamp their user interfaces and add automated investment offerings to meet a […]

3 Tips For Wealthfront to Avoid Running Out of Gas

3 Tips For Wealthfront to Avoid Running Out of Gas

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Industry Analysis

Wealthfront finds itself facing a cloudy future as its fifth anniversary nears, thanks to the dust that its bigger rivals, Vanguard and Schwab, and its disruptive competitor, Betterment, are leaving in their wake. The robo-advisor just announced a collection of new features that they hope will right the ship and get their asset growth back on […]

Can Adhesion's Robo-Advisor Platform Attract Top Gun RIAs?

Can Adhesion's Robo-Advisor Platform Attract Top Gun RIAs?

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in Industry Analysis

One of the biggest trends in wealth management over the past year has been the slew of new products designed to help RIAs launch their own digital advisory channels.  Every vendor in the space has realized that they need to be able to check off the robo-platform box when they get an RFP from a prospective client. Adhesion […]