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The Top 10 WMToday Posts from 2016

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. […]

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Can This 401(k) Robo-Platform Defeat the Dark Side of Retirement?

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… It was thought that when 401(k) plans were introduced to the universe, they would be a rebellious solution to fight the decline of company-sponsored pension plans. However, the numbers are in and they don’t look good for our heroes. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, only […]

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Thoughts On Time Travel, RoboAdvisors and The DOL Rule

I just finished an interesting book called “Time Travel: A History” by James Gleick.  It is a well-written amalgamation of the history of time travel in Western literature, starting with H. G. Wells’ classic, The Time Machine. Since Well’s novel pre-dated Einstein’s theories by almost a decade, he was not aware that time is relative to each observer. […]

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3 Asset Management Trends for 2017

Disruption may be the name of the game in the financial industry, but that does not mean everyone necessarily likes it. This year proved to be no exception with more sources of upheaval than ever applying pressure on asset managers. I was recently invited to participate in a panel discussion at an SS&C event in Toronto called, “The View From […]

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Why Blockchain Isn't Ready for Prime Time

Nearly three years ago, Internet pioneer and Silicon Valley uber-investor Marc Andreessen wrote an article in the New York Times about how the technology behind Bitcoin, the digital currency, is in a state similar to the World Wide Web in the 1990’s. He predicted that a company using Bitcoin technology, would soon lead a wave of disruption across the financial services […]

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3 Reasons DigitalPlus Advisors Will Topple the Robos

There has been an endless stream of synonymous terms created to describe advisors who leverage technology to provide online advice.  Digital advisors, hybrid advisors, or technology-enhanced advisors have all been suggested. At the Money Management Institute’s Fall Solutions Conference held last month, Chicago-based management consulting firm A.T. Kearney coined a new term, the DigitalPlus advisor. Follow me on Twitter @CraigIskowitz Bracing for the […]

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FundFire: Why Are Most RIAs Unprepared for CyberSecurity Threats?

This year has seen some of the most high profile hacking attacks in the Internet age.  You would think that the near daily distribution of politicians’ emails would be enough to spur firms to increase their efforts to shore up their electronic defenses. But this has not been the case. While a recent study by the Financial Planning Association shows that cybersecurity […]

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Canadian RoboAdvisors Are Pricing Themselves Out of the Market

In an article in Canada’s Financial Post, author Jonathan Chevreau discusses a study by Boston-based consulting firm Dalbar that used 45 “mystery shoppers” to assess ten Canadian-based robo-advisors. They found that some platforms are falling short on service expectations, which creates “significant reputational risk”. Chevreau, the CFO of Financial Independence Hub, explained that the mystery shoppers reported a number […]

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Women: A Missing Pieces of the FinTech Puzzle

There is a curious trend an observant mind will notice while scanning the halls of any wealth management conference. In most rooms, less than 15 percent of the crowd are women. Despite ongoing efforts, bringing larger numbers of women into the financial advisory fields has been challenging. FinTech has been no exception. Despite the sector’s power […]

Content Plus Robos the Formula for Attracting Financially Fragile Millennials

Financially Fragile Millennials Respond to Targeted Web Content

Millennials have long presented a puzzle to financial advisors, and for good reason. On the one hand, we have a 75-million strong generation that is better educated, more diverse and more active than its predecessors. On the other hand, much of the Millennial crowd is not all that appealing to a traditional financial advisor. According […]