#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 25: How Software is Eating Banking with Lex Sokolin, ConsenSys

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“Banking, as it is today, is moving sideways from manufacturing to being just a feature.” — Lex Sokolin, ConsenSys Lex Sokolin is a futurist and entrepreneur working on the next generation of financial services. He is the Global Fintech Co-Head at ConsenSys, a blockchain technology company building the infrastructure, applications, and practices that enable a […]

WealthSimple Tries to Breakout of the Canadian Market with $100 Million from Allianz

“There is no Vanguard or Schwab here [in Canada]. We are the ones gobbling up the industry assets.” — Michael Katchen, CEO, WealthSimple In the U.S., Vanguard owns the digital advice market with their Personal Advisor Services hybrid solution. But up in the Great White North, it is a five-year-old robo-advisor called WealthSimple that is […]

Will AI be an Advisor’s Best Friend or Worst Nightmare?

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Over the next decade, artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies will have a tremendous impact on the human labor market. So much so that AI could render nearly half of all US occupations obsolete. In fact, we can expect 65% of today’s college graduates to one day be working in jobs that do not […]

HNW Clients Are Driving Banks to Expand Digital Advice Solutions

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As much as the previous business cycle in retail banking was marked by an unsustainable consumer credit explosion, the current one will be shaped by digital. This will include increased changes in payments and a wider metamorphosis in systems enabled by digital technologies. There is an immediate need for action. According to a report by […]

Are There Too Many Roboadvisors? with Michael Kitces

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I recently had the pleasure of speaking with industry guru and all-around nice guy, Michael Kitces. Our discussion was focused on trends in advisor technology, which meant that the subject of roboadvisors had to be covered at some point. You can watch the video using the link below, or read the transcript that follows. Is It Time for […]

Oranj Leapfrogs Robo-Platforms With TradeWarrior Acquisition

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It is a great time to be an independent RIA.  At least when it comes to technology.  There seems to be an endless supply of tools for automating, optimizing and generally improving the efficiency of an advisory firm’s operations. This is especially true in what we like to call the robo-platform or digital advice space.  Innovative companies […]