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Redtail vs Salesforce FSC: Which is the best CRM for Financial Advisors?

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in CRM

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software that is fully-integrated into a firm’s infrastructure can be an incredibly powerful tool.  It is just one of a wide array of financial technology (fintech) tools that have been engaged in a technological arms for advisors trying trying stay abreast of their competition as well as the expectations of increasingly tech-savvy clients. With the […]

Trends in Asset Management

Trends in Asset Management

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Conference Summaries, Technology

Disruption may be the name of the game in the financial industry, but that does not mean everyone necessarily likes it. This year proved to be no exception with more sources of upheaval than ever applying pressure on asset managers. I was recently invited to participate in a panel discussion at an SS&C event in Toronto called, “The View From […]

7 Challenges Holding Back Blockchain

7 Challenges Holding Back Blockchain

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016 in Technology

Nearly three years ago, Internet pioneer and Silicon Valley uber-investor Marc Andreessen wrote an article in the New York Times about how the technology behind Bitcoin, the digital currency, is in a state similar to the World Wide Web in the 1990’s. He predicted that a company using Bitcoin technology, would soon lead a wave of disruption across the financial services […]

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 […]

4 Career Tips from Successful Women in FinTech

4 Career Tips from Successful Women in FinTech

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Industry Analysis

There is a curious trend an observant mind will notice while scanning the halls of any wealth management conference. In most rooms, less than 15 percent of the crowd are women. Despite ongoing efforts, bringing larger numbers of women into the financial advisory fields has been challenging. FinTech has been no exception. Despite the sector’s power […]

3 Reasons to Avoid the Pennies for Apple Watch Budgeting App

3 Reasons to Avoid the Pennies for Apple Watch Budgeting App

Posted by on Sep 3, 2016 in Wearables

Pennies is an app for the Apple Watch and iPhone designed to make budgeting easy. While it provides a seamless experience across iOS devices, it comes up short versus apps like Mint and Banktivity, since it does not go beyond basic budgeting, has limited customization options and a high price to boot. Not A Bad Penny It takes no more than a […]

Is Finance Logix The Right Financial Planning Software For You?

Posted by on Jul 17, 2016 in Financial Planning

Britain voting to leave the EU.  ISIS terrorists attack Orlando and France.  An attempted military coup in Turkey. Donald Trump.  There’s no shortage of news these days that can scare investors into a panic. Smart financial advisors know that the best way to keep their clients from panicking is to have them buy-in to a comprehensive financial plan. […]

TD Ameritrade Rides the RoboAdvisor Wave with Latest iRebal

TD Ameritrade Rides the RoboAdvisor Wave with Latest iRebal

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 […]

The Hidden Secrets of Portfolio Rebalancing by Michael Kitces

The Hidden 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 […]

10 Great Ideas from IMCA 2016 Conference

10 Great Ideas from IMCA 2016 Conference

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Conference Summaries

The IMCA 2016 Conference claims to be the largest association gatherings of investment advisors and wealth managers in the industry.  This year’s event included engaging speakers such as Michael Kitces, April Rudin and Frank Coates.  Some of the session topics included optimal rebalancing strategies, understanding Millennials and improving client relationships. Here are 10 great ideas to take […]