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The Top 10 WMToday Posts from 2016

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in Industry Analysis

Craig’s Note: I love these summary articles because they’re a great way to re-purpose content while providing you, our loyal readers, with a handy overview of the year gone by.  Robo-Advisors are still a hot topic, although I believe a B2C shakeup is likely in 2017.  Portfolio rebalancing tools have been a staple on this blog since it started. […]

3 Tips For Wealthfront to Avoid Running Out of Gas

3 Tips For Wealthfront to Avoid Running Out of Gas

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Industry Analysis

Wealthfront finds itself facing a cloudy future as its fifth anniversary nears, thanks to the dust that its bigger rivals, Vanguard and Schwab, and its disruptive competitor, Betterment, are leaving in their wake. The robo-advisor just announced a collection of new features that they hope will right the ship and get their asset growth back on […]

Can Adhesion's Robo-Advisor Platform Attract Top Gun RIAs?

Can Adhesion's Robo-Advisor Platform Attract Top Gun RIAs?

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in Industry Analysis

One of the biggest trends in wealth management over the past year has been the slew of new products designed to help RIAs launch their own digital advisory channels.  Every vendor in the space has realized that they need to be able to check off the robo-platform box when they get an RFP from a prospective client. Adhesion […]

Why Acorns is the Only Roboadvisor That Could Be Worth $1 Billion

Why Acorns is the Only Roboadvisor That Could Be Worth $1 Billion

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Industry Analysis

It’s been nearly a year since Vanguard and Schwab launched automated advice platforms, stepping into the fray against roboadvisors and apparently winning. As we’ve discussed, the end may be near for the Wealthfront as the big boys are close to knocking the upstarts out of the fight. Meanwhile, a presumed lightweight in the battle for […]

Dead Robo Walking: Why Wealthfront is Doomed

Dead Robo Walking: Why Wealthfront is Doomed

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Industry Analysis, Technology

As recently as last summer, Adam Nash, CEO of roboadvisor Wealthfront, was boasting about his firm’s rapid growth and how they could soon replace ‘traditional’ financial advisors. How fast the world changes in just a few months. In an article in InvestmentNews, Alessandra Malito reported that Wealthfront’s AUM growth slowed to a crawl by the end of last year: Wealthfront, which […]

5 Things You Can Learn from the 2016 T3 Advisor Conference

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Conference Summaries, Technology

Industry conferences are like cramming for a test when you were in school.  You have only a few days to stuff as much information as possible into your head and hope you remember one or two key points to when you get back home. The 2016 T3 Advisor Conference, which was held this year in […]

How a Snapchat RoboAdvisor Could Rock the Industry

How a Snapchat RoboAdvisor Could Rock the Industry

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Industry Analysis, Technology

Social media has changed the way people interact with each other and how they receive and consume information. Is the next step changing the way they invest? Robo-advisors have become a hot topic in the investment industry recently. Social media messaging service Snapchat is even rumored to be building a robo-advisor service of its own. Could a […]

3 Thoughts on Why Invesco Acquiring Jemstep Was A Smart Move

3 Thoughts on Why Invesco Acquiring Jemstep Was A Smart Move

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Industry Analysis

I’ve been a big fan of Jemstep for quite a while now.  I first met their president, Simon Roy, at a T3 conference a few years ago when he was on a panel of robo-platform providers. (See 4 Robo-Platforms Go Head-to-Head at T3 Conference) While Jemstep started out with a short-lived direct to consumer model and then […]

Robo-Advisors Shakeout: Who Will Be The Last One Standing?

Robo-Advisors Shakeout: Who Will Be The Last One Standing?

Posted by on Aug 2, 2015 in News

It wasn’t supposed to be this way The robo-advisor concept began as an idea that could disrupt the wealth management industry.  It started moving through a series of phases that are common to disruptive ideas and technology.  Disruptors like Amazon, Apple and Uber all went through these phases with their products and services.  New business models rose up […]

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 […]