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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 […]

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 […]

Advisor-Managed Portfolios Knocked Out by Home Office Performance – Cerulli

Advisor-Managed Portfolios Knocked Out by Home Office Performance – Cerulli

Posted by on Jul 5, 2015 in Industry Analysis

“I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.” — Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett is probably the best known investor on the planet and the high priest of […]

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 […]

One Platform To Rule Them All: How Consolidation Transforms Wealth Management Systems

One Platform To Rule Them All: How Consolidation Transforms Wealth Management Systems

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Technology

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” — Norman Maclean, Author In the past decade, we have seen consolidation across a wide swatch of the technology landscape. Cars have merged with computers to be able to drive themselves, televisions have merged with the Internet to offer more entertainment choices and […]

The Top 10 WMToday Posts from 2014

At the end of every year, we compile a list of the most popular posts that were published on WM Today. It’s a great way to look back on what happened this year, and an insight-packed view of what really resonates with our readers. 10. Going Mobile: Review of AssetMark’s New iPad App As part […]

Current Trends in UMH Programs & Technology

Current Trends in UMH Programs & Technology

How have Unified Managed Households (UMH) been evolving in wealth management?  What are the essential elements of UMH?  Which segment of the industry has been leading with new UMH feature deployments? These questions and more were discussed during a panel session at the 12th Annual Managed Account and UMA Summit, organized by Financial Research Associates, […]

Envestnet buys UMA Experts Placemark Investments for $66 Million

Envestnet buys UMA Experts Placemark Investments for $66 Million

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Industry Analysis

Last week, I was contacted by my new favorite reporter at FundFire, Danielle Verbrigghe (sorry Tom Stabile) who was writing an article about the purchase of Placemark Investments by Envestnet.  She wanted my view on the benefits of the acquisition to Envestnet as well as for the managers currently on Placemark’s platform. Envestnet was already the […]

Envestnet’s ENV2 Platform Delivers New UMA Features

Envestnet’s ENV2 Platform Delivers New UMA Features

Sliced bread.  The electric light bulb.  Indoor plumbing.  Unified Manged Accounts (UMA’s) were supposed to be better than these revolutionary inventions and a whole lot more.  They still have not lived up to their hype, but UMA’s have become a standard offering for all managed account platforms. In this summary of a session from Envestnet’s […]

FolioDynamix Making Waves in Bank Trust Market

FolioDynamix Making Waves in Bank Trust Market

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in News

Fundfire featured an article yesterday about FolioDynamix adding a new client in the bank trust space.  They called me for comments on how the company has positioned themselves to increase bank trust market share and if their platform provides an opportunity for asset managers to sell more product. The article is by Danielle Verbrigghe, who recently […]