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The Indispensable Advisor by Joe Duran

“The only way to get what you’re worth is to stand out, to exert emotional labor, to be seen as indispensable, and to produce interactions that organizations and people care deeply about.” ― Seth Godin, American author and entrepreneur, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? It’s not easy being a financial advisor these days.  Technological advances are chipping away […]

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Go With the Flow: How Financial Advisors Can Achieve Seamless Productivity

“I wake up, and I’m in the zone… My performance is the continuation of my life.” — Savion Glover, American tap dancer, actor, and choreographer You’ve probably heard athletes say that they were “in the zone” during an incredible performance when they won a gold medal or helped their team win a big game.  While in […]

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Winners of WealthTech: Bill Crager

This is the first post in a new series I’m launching here on Wealth Management Today called, “Winners of WealthTech.”  It is more of a straight interview format with influential leaders in wealth management technology. I was inspired to start this by one of my mentors, Tim Ferriss, successful investor, entrepreneur, author and podcaster.  Actually, he doesn’t […]

7 Model Hubs Battle for SMA Managers & Sponsors

The era of the model hub as a standalone product has arrived. With the launch of model hubs like InvestEdge’s MMxCHANGE, Vestmark’s Manager Marketplace and the soon-to-be released Money Management Institute’s (MMI) Model Hub (the Hub of Hubs), model hubs have moved from internal-only tools that took a back seat to portfolio management and trading and have become […]

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Can Big Data Make Risk Tolerance Questionnaires Obsolete?

This week, we remember a seminal event in the history of artificial intelligence. It was the twentieth anniversary of world chess champion Gary Kasparov’s loss to IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer. I was fortunate to be in attendance when Kasparov gave a keynote speech at the 2017 Envestnet Advisor Summit, where he spoke about his latest book, Deep Thinking. […]

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Are There Too Many Roboadvisors? with Michael Kitces

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 […]

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Can These 5 Startups Change The Face of Fintech?

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments to you make, the better.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson The startup game is not for the faint of heart.  While there are thousands of new companies being launched by bright-eyed entrepreneurs every year, only a small percentage will turn out to be successful. This is especially true in the […]

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Orion Advisor Tries to Eclipse the Competition With New Portfolio Rebalancer

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 […]