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Can Retail Model Marketplaces Challenge TAMPs for Assets?

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Portfolio Management

This article is the second in our series on the tools and technologies that help connect asset managers to their distribution networks. Whether they are called hubs, exchanges or marketplaces they have a wide variety of functionality and business models and they all share one key feature; ability to transmit managers’ investment models to sponsor […]

Orion Advisor Tries to Eclipse the Competition With New Portfolio Rebalancer

Orion Advisor Tries to Eclipse the Competition With New Portfolio Rebalancer

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Portfolio Management

Back in the early 1990’s, when software was still delivered on floppy disks, it was common for software to be sold as separate applications, with each one costing hundreds of dollars each.  They didn’t communicate with each other and their user interfaces were often completely different. But then, Microsoft, which was just getting a handle […]

Can TD Ameritrade Turn iRebal Into the RoboAdvisor Engine of Choice?

Can TD Ameritrade Turn iRebal Into the RoboAdvisor Engine of Choice?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Portfolio Management, Software Review

While stand-alone robo-advisor assets have flatlined, deep pocketed players are still circling, hoping to land a bargain and jump start their digital strategy.  Firms are pitching themselves as technology plays rather than just online RIA’s that mostly eschew human advisors. TD Ameritrade is positioning their latest version of iRebal as the ‘Intel inside’ for online advisors.  The technology savvy custodian […]

3 Secrets of Portfolio Rebalancing by Michael Kitces

3 Secrets of Portfolio Rebalancing by Michael Kitces

Rebalancing is a word that advisors know all too well.  With so much already written about portfolio rebalancing software and strategies, what is it about the subject that fills a conference room to capacity?  That is what I was wondering while sitting in the audience at the IMCA’s 2016 conference, waiting for Michael Kitces to take the stage and […]

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, […]

What’s New in Portfolio Rebalancing Tools?

What’s New in Portfolio Rebalancing Tools?

This is a summary from a panel discussion from the Technology Tools for Today (T3) 2015 Conference – Advisor Edition.  Four of the top vendors in portfolio rebalancing software solutions were brought together to discuss the latest trends, new features and functionality and whether or not you should select an automated advisory solution or one […]

Should RIAs Use Tactical ETF Managers?

Should RIAs Use Tactical ETF Managers?

The low cost of ownership, high diversification, high liquidity and other general attributes of Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s) are well known and have helped drive their growth and popularity. So how can a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) take advantage of ETF’s to build diversified investment strategies for their clients? A panel discussion at the Money Management […]

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, […]

The Best of Both Worlds: Portfolio Rebalancing + Best Execution = Blaze Portfolio

The Best of Both Worlds: Portfolio Rebalancing + Best Execution = Blaze Portfolio

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Portfolio Management

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” — Steve Jobs For the past year and a half, I have been meeting with vendors of portfolio rebalancing software, seeing demos of their products and writing a series of articles about my findings.   All of the applications were very good and provided a long list […]