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Smart and Agile: Riskalyze and Quovo Help Advisors Stay Ahead of Robos

Smart and Agile: Riskalyze and Quovo Help Advisors Stay Ahead of Robos

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Industry Analysis, Technology

In this age of the cheap and fast robo-advisor, traditional advisors have to be smart and agile to win new clients and score more asset management opportunities. These advisors will need intelligence. That’s where data aggregation comes in. With the deeper and more meaningful insights “big data” can provide, advisors can get the edge they […]

5 Serious Concerns About the Envestnet Acquisition of Yodlee

5 Serious Concerns About the Envestnet Acquisition of Yodlee

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Industry Analysis

There are two sides to every story, but usually only one of them turns out to be right.  The same will be true for Envestnet’s decision to back up the Brinks truck and dump $600 million on Yodlee’s shareholders to buy their beloved company.  Was it a brilliant idea, as I wrote last week or will it turn […]

5 Reasons Why the Envestnet Acquisition of Yodlee Was Brilliant

5 Reasons Why the Envestnet Acquisition of Yodlee Was Brilliant

Posted by on Aug 15, 2015 in Industry Analysis, Technology

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, Envestnet shelled out almost $600 million to purchase data aggregator Yodlee.  The reverberations from this deal are still making their way across the industry. After spending about a year talking about licensing deals and partnerships, Envestnet CEO Jud Bergman came to the conclusion that Yodlee’s […]

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 […]

Robo-Advisors Can Not Live by Millennials Alone: ASI’s Andrew Rudd

Robo-Advisors Can Not Live by Millennials Alone: ASI’s Andrew Rudd

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Industry Analysis

The industry press in 2014 was all abuzz about robo-advisors.  Online, automated investment advisory firms that are gobbling up assets at an alarming rate and scaring the pants (and skirts) off the management of traditional advisory firms. Not so fast, says Andrew Rudd, CEO of Advisor Software, Inc. (ASI). There has been a lot of […]

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 […]

What Robo Advisors Can Teach Us About Focusing on the Client

What Robo Advisors Can Teach Us About Focusing on the Client

This is a summary of a TechOps Track Session titled, “Empowering Advisors: Delivering Tools that Support Today’s Client Needs” from the Money Management Institute’s 2014 Fall Solutions Conference.  The discussion topic was supposed to be centered on how firms are delivering new advisor tools to help them customize solutions for different client segments. However, the […]

Merrill Streamlines Their Platform To Deliver UMH for Clients

Merrill Streamlines Their Platform To Deliver UMH for Clients

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Industry Analysis

Last week, I was contacted by a reporter from FundFire looking for my comments on a new feature that Merrill Lynch has implemented as part of their $100 million platform consolidation project.  The project, called Merrill One, is replacing five other legacy programs, some of which have been running for over 25 years.  She was […]

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 […]