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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 […]

FundFire: 3 Reasons Most RIAs Unprepared for CyberSecurity Threats

FundFire: 3 Reasons Most RIAs Unprepared for CyberSecurity Threats

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Technology

This year has seen some of the most high profile hacking attacks in the Internet age.  You would think that the near daily distribution of politicians’ emails would be enough to spur firms to increase their efforts to shore up their electronic defenses. But this has not been the case. While a recent study by the Financial Planning Association shows that cybersecurity […]

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 […]

Question of the Month: Ensuring DOL Compliance

Question of the Month: Ensuring DOL Compliance

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Industry Analysis

For much of the past year, the wealth management industry has alternately dreaded and lamented the DOL Fiduciary Standard rule. With the DOL legislation now behind us, how can broker-dealers successfully adjust their business strategy? This question was posed to us recently when a large, independent broker dealer (IBD) was in need of a corporate […]

Financially Fragile Millennials Respond to Targeted Web Content

Financially Fragile Millennials Respond to Targeted Web Content

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Conference Summaries

Millennials have long presented a puzzle to financial advisors, and for good reason. On the one hand, we have a 75-million strong generation that is better educated, more diverse and more active than its predecessors. On the other hand, much of the Millennial crowd is not all that appealing to a traditional financial advisor. According […]

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. […]

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 […]

Grapevine6: A Social Media Secret Weapon for Advisors

Grapevine6: A Social Media Secret Weapon for Advisors

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Software Review

Maintaining engagement with clients and prospects has always been a costly and time-consuming, yet critical task for financial advisors. Social media has provided a free communications channel, but it does not reduce the effort required to locate or create and distribute captivating content. It has been a perennial industry puzzle: how can advisors effectively leverage networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook […]

How Yodlee’s Predictive Analytics Can Power Envestnet to Revolutionize Financial Advice

How Yodlee’s Predictive Analytics Can Power Envestnet to Revolutionize Financial Advice

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Technology

When Envestnet acquired data aggregator Yodlee in mid-2015 for $590 million, mixed feelings and heated opinions were flying high. Some felt that this was a brilliant move that would augment Envestnet’s capabilities. Others frowned on the transaction citing the 50% premium as unreasonable and anticipating integration issues. A year after the deal was announced, how is the power couple faring? Better […]