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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 […]

FundFire: Wells Fargo Data Leak Shows Risk Goes Beyond Hackers

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in News

(This article was originally posted on Fundfire) By Danielle Verbrigghe July 31, 2017 Wells Fargo’s inadvertent release of sensitive client and advisor information last week illustrates the risks that financial firms can face from accidental data loss. Cybersecurity has become a growing concern for the wealth and asset management industry, as regulators have put the issue in […]

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. […]

How Envestnet | Yodlee’s Startup Incubator Nurtures Data-Driven Innovators

How Envestnet | Yodlee’s Startup Incubator Nurtures Data-Driven Innovators

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Industry Analysis

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments to you make, the better.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson The startup game is not for the faint of heart.  While there are thousands of new companies being launched by bright-eyed entrepreneurs every year, only a small percentage will turn out to be successful. This is especially true in the […]

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 […]

Pershing Looks to Natixis to Help Them Catch Envestnet in UMA

Pershing Looks to Natixis to Help Them Catch Envestnet in UMA

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Industry Analysis

Unified Managed Accounts (UMA) never achieved the expected market domination or lived up to the peak hype that existed before the financial crisis.  Now, it is just another managed account program, alongside Separately Managed Accounts (SMA), Mutual Fund Wrap (MFW), Rep-as-Advisor (RAA) and Rep-as-PM (RPM).  While UMA currently holds only around 12% of all advisory assets, according […]

How RIA’s Can Survive the Wild West of Roboadvisor Technology – Kitces

How RIA’s Can Survive the Wild West of Roboadvisor Technology – Kitces

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Industry Analysis

In the 1966 spaghetti Western, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Clint Eastwood plays one of three gunslingers competing to find fortune in a buried cache of Confederate gold amid the violent chaos of the American Civil War. Each of the three have only partial information about the gold’s location, so they have to work together if […]

4 Secrets of Successful RIA Rollups

4 Secrets of Successful RIA Rollups

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Conference Summaries

Whether you call them RIA consolidators, aggregators or roll-ups, they are all fighting toward the same goal: keeping their advisors happy and growing their assets.  Yet how they got their their current size and how they plan to keep growing is a story that often gets overlooked. Three successful RIA rollups recently appeared on stage […]

3 Israeli Startups That Are Disrupting Banking & Payments

3 Israeli Startups That Are Disrupting Banking & Payments

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Conference Summaries, Technology

If there was one location on Earth that should be referred to as the ‘Startup Capital of the World’ it would be Israel. Sure, when it comes to raw numbers, Silicon Valley is king. But on a per capita basis, Israel, with only 8 million people, boasts more startups, more venture capital, more scientists and […]