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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 Thoughts on Why Invesco Acquiring Jemstep Was A Smart Move

3 Thoughts on Why Invesco Acquiring Jemstep Was A Smart Move

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Industry Analysis

I’ve been a big fan of Jemstep for quite a while now.  I first met their president, Simon Roy, at a T3 conference a few years ago when he was on a panel of robo-platform providers. (See 4 Robo-Platforms Go Head-to-Head at T3 Conference) While Jemstep started out with a short-lived direct to consumer model and then […]

Jemstep Advisor Pro Helps Convert Robo Prospects into Clients

Jemstep Advisor Pro Helps Convert Robo Prospects into Clients

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Software Review, Technology

While some robo-advisor firms are making news by being acquired or spending their VC dollars on flashy marketing campaigns, some companies prefer to stay low-key and build their businesses the old fashioned way; by providing innovative solutions that add value for clients. Jemstep falls squarely into the latter category.  While they began as a direct […]

Robo-Advisors Shakeout: Who Will Be The Last One Standing?

Robo-Advisors Shakeout: Who Will Be The Last One Standing?

Posted by on Aug 2, 2015 in News

It wasn’t supposed to be this way The robo-advisor concept began as an idea that could disrupt the wealth management industry.  It started moving through a series of phases that are common to disruptive ideas and technology.  Disruptors like Amazon, Apple and Uber all went through these phases with their products and services.  New business models rose up […]

InVest 2015 Conference: Fast Twitter Recap – Day 1

InVest 2015 Conference: Fast Twitter Recap – Day 1

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Conference Summaries, Technology

This is my summary of day 1 of the In|Vest 2015 Conference.  This is the first year for this conference and they are targeting a wide audience, at least beyond what I see at other wealth management events. Their goal was to bring together traditional wealth management firms, retail and private banks with enterprise technology and service providers, digital advisory and […]

Can Client-Directed UMA’s Help Defend Against Robo-Advisors?

Can Client-Directed UMA’s Help Defend Against Robo-Advisors?

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Industry Analysis, News

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” — William Pollard, Physicist The rate of change and innovation in the wealth management industry has been tremendous over the past few years. Technology-heavy, online registered investment advisors […]

Oranj David Lyon: We’re The Un-Robo-Advisor

Oranj David Lyon: We’re The Un-Robo-Advisor

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Portfolio Management, Technology

Today, using Uber to hail a cab, Amazon to buy electronics or Venmo to transfer money have become commonplace. Dealing with a live person to handle every day tasks seems almost quaint and old fashioned.  So, why would engaging with a financial advisor be any different? As reported in a recent Boston Consulting Group study, […]