asset management

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 […]

blockchain

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 […]

digital advice

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 […]

cybersecurity

FundFire: 3 Reasons Most RIAs Are 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 […]

Canadian roboadvisors

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 […]

women fintech

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

FinTech Content Lures Financially Fragile Millennials

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 […]

FinPlan Shootout: Finance Logix Review

Britain voting to leave the EU.  ISIS terrorists attack Orlando and France.  An attempted military coup in Turkey. Donald Trump.  There’s no shortage of news these days that can scare investors into a panic. Smart financial advisors know that the best way to keep their clients from panicking is to have them buy-in to a comprehensive financial plan. […]

Roboadvisors Renaissance

How the RoboAdvisor Renaissance Pushed the Industry Out of the Dark Ages

While B2C robo advisors have yet to reach asset levels that could threaten traditional advisors, their innovative technology has been spurring firms to revamp their online presence.  A Roboadvisor Renaissance has spread across the formerly stodgy wealth management industry.  Legacy technology vendors are rushing to revamp their user interfaces and add automated investment offerings to meet a […]

client engagement

Grapevine6: A Social Media Secret Weapon for Advisors

Maintaining engagement with clients and prospects has always been a costly and time-consuming, yet critical task for financial advisors. Social media has provided a free communications channel, but it does not reduce the effort required to locate or create and distribute captivating content. It has been a perennial industry puzzle: how can advisors effectively leverage networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook […]