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Wealthfront Revs Up With AI, But Is Still Running on Fumes

Wealthfront Revs Up With AI, But Is Still Running on Fumes

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 […]

7 Commandments for Running Great Conference Panels

7 Commandments for Running Great Conference Panels

Posted by on Mar 27, 2016 in Conference Summaries

How many times have you gone to a conference and sat through a poorly-run or boring panel? As a consultant in wealth management, I attend a lot of conferences and try to take in as many of the panels as I can. When done right, these sessions brim with new ideas, controversial opinions, and lively debate. When […]

How to Avoid Disaster When Choosing a Wealth Management Platform

How to Avoid Disaster When Choosing a Wealth Management Platform

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Industry Analysis, Technology

What’s the best way to select a new wealth management platform? This is a question that I am asked constantly by clients. Everyone seems to have a horror story about the time they went through this process at some time in their career. The downside of living through this nightmare is that you rarely get a second chance to […]

5 Trends in Client-Facing Technology

5 Trends in Client-Facing Technology

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Industry Analysis

Client-facing technologies offer a bit of a contradiction in terminology, especially for those of us who have been in the industry for a while. Client-facing used to mean interactions only done by a human. As technology has advanced, more and more interactions are being handled by technology in order to allow the advisors to be […]

Why Acorns is the Only Roboadvisor That Could Be Worth $1 Billion

Why Acorns is the Only Roboadvisor That Could Be Worth $1 Billion

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Industry Analysis

It’s been nearly a year since Vanguard and Schwab launched automated advice platforms, stepping into the fray against roboadvisors and apparently winning. As we’ve discussed, the end may be near for the Wealthfront as the big boys are close to knocking the upstarts out of the fight. Meanwhile, a presumed lightweight in the battle for […]

Dead Robo Walking: Why Wealthfront is Doomed

Dead Robo Walking: Why Wealthfront is Doomed

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Industry Analysis, Technology

As recently as last summer, Adam Nash, CEO of roboadvisor Wealthfront, was boasting about his firm’s rapid growth and how they could soon replace ‘traditional’ financial advisors. How fast the world changes in just a few months. In an article in InvestmentNews, Alessandra Malito reported that Wealthfront’s AUM growth slowed to a crawl by the end of last year: Wealthfront, which […]

5 Things You Can Learn from the 2016 T3 Advisor Conference

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Conference Summaries, Technology

Industry conferences are like cramming for a test when you were in school.  You have only a few days to stuff as much information as possible into your head and hope you remember one or two key points to when you get back home. The 2016 T3 Advisor Conference, which was held this year in […]

7 Key Trends from the TD Ameritrade Conference – Day 2

7 Key Trends from the TD Ameritrade Conference – Day 2

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in Conference Summaries, Technology

TD Ameritrade’s annual advisor conference always provides an interesting glimpse into future trends in financial technology. The firm’s agnostic approach to technology means that its advisors have access to a wide variety of established and emerging solutions. National LINC 2016 brought a wide range informative and entertaining sessions.  Digital channels, social media and tech tips from […]

How a Snapchat RoboAdvisor Could Rock the Industry

How a Snapchat RoboAdvisor Could Rock the Industry

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Industry Analysis, Technology

Social media has changed the way people interact with each other and how they receive and consume information. Is the next step changing the way they invest? Robo-advisors have become a hot topic in the investment industry recently. Social media messaging service Snapchat is even rumored to be building a robo-advisor service of its own. Could a […]