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3 Updates to Tamarac Integration Partners that RIA’s Will Love

I’m writing this post from seat 29C on a United flight from Newark to Los Angeles where I’ll be attending this year’s T3 Advisor Conference.  The ability to stay productive almost 24/7 is both a boon and bane.  Advances in technology provide me with wifi access at 35,000 feet, but also piles on the pressure […]

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Acorns vs. Stash: Why Micro-Savings Apps Are The Wave of the Future

One of the amazing aspects of innovation is how different people can approach the exact same problem from completely different angles.  The social media has seen hundreds of startups including recent popular apps such as Viber (voice calls), Periscope (video streaming) and Snapchat (disappearing photos that has filed for an IPO at a valuation of $25 billion), whose founders all […]

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3 Ways Personality Testing Crushes Risk Tolerance Questionnaires

Considering the tidal wave of fear-driven headlines these days, it’s tough focusing on the biggest issue we should be worrying about.  Climate change causing the oceans to rise?  Over-exuberant stock market heading for a crash?  The New England Patriots winning another Super Bowl? The problem is that human brains just aren’t wired to make accurate risk predictions. Financial advisors […]

CRM Software Comparison

CRM Shootout: Redtail vs Salesforce FSC

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software that is fully-integrated into a firm’s infrastructure can be an incredibly powerful tool.  It is just one of a wide array of financial technology (fintech) tools that have been engaged in a technological arms race for advisors trying to stay abreast of their competition as well as the expectations of increasingly tech-savvy clients. With […]

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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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Trends in Asset Management

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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7 Challenges Holding Back Blockchain

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 […]