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5 Bold Predictions for Advisors’ Product Shelf in 2027 

5 Bold Predictions for Advisors’ Product Shelf in 2027 

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Conference Summaries

The city of Chicago is known for having some seriously cold weather that can surprise visitors with it’s intensity. While October is far from the dead of winter, the average temperature has historically been in the high 50’s/low 60’s with a fair dose of wind to chill your bones. Fortunately, a few days of absolutely […]

Oranj Leapfrogs Robo-Platforms With TradeWarrior Acquisition

Oranj Leapfrogs Robo-Platforms With TradeWarrior Acquisition

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Industry Analysis, Technology

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 […]

Riskalyze Expands Beyond Profiling to Become a TAMP Supermarket

Riskalyze Expands Beyond Profiling to Become a TAMP Supermarket

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Risk Management, Technology

The waiting is over.  And we didn’t have to wait all that long.  We finally know what Riskalyze CEO Aaron Klein did with the $20 million in Series A funding the firm raised last October. They built their own Turnkey Asset Management Platform (TAMP). The reveal occurred at last week’s T3 Advisor Conference in Los Angeles, CA.  Klein kicked […]

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 […]

Top Ten WMToday Posts from 2015

Top Ten WMToday Posts from 2015

Another exciting year in wealth management has passed and it seemed like a whirlwind of activity right up until December 31st.  We covered a wide range of topics from risk tolerance and financial planning software to robo-advisors and the biggest M&A deals.  But what are the top ten WMToday posts from 2015?  These are the ten most popular posts […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fast Twitter Recap of T3 Conference Dallas 2015 – Day 2

Fast Twitter Recap of T3 Conference Dallas 2015 – Day 2

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Conference Summaries, Technology

Here’s a lightning fast overview of Day 2 of the Technology Tools for Today (T3) Conference – Advisor Edition from Dallas based on selected Twitter posts (with the #T32015 hashtag) as a guide. I’ll be diving into more detail on a bunch of these sessions in the near future.  But I wanted to get this […]