robo platform advisors

Oranj Leapfrogs Robo-Platforms With TradeWarrior Acquisition

It is a great time to be an independent RIA.  At least when it comes to technology.  There seems to be an endless supply of tools for automating, optimizing and generally improving the efficiency of an advisory firm’s operations. This is especially true in what we like to call the robo-platform or digital advice space.  Innovative companies […]

uma platform providers

3 Ways Natixis Can Help Pershing Catch Up to Envestnet in UMA

Unified Managed Accounts (UMA) never achieved the expected market domination or lived up to the peak hype that existed before the financial crisis.  Now, it is just another managed account program, alongside Separately Managed Accounts (SMA), Mutual Fund Wrap (MFW), Rep-as-Advisor (RAA) and Rep-as-PM (RPM).  While UMA currently holds only around 12% of all advisory assets, according […]

roboadvisor technology

3 Tips For RIA's to Succeed in the Wild West of Roboadvisors - Kitces

In the 1966 spaghetti Western, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Clint Eastwood plays one of three gunslingers competing to find fortune in a buried cache of Confederate gold amid the violent chaos of the American Civil War. Each of the three have only partial information about the gold’s location, so they have to work together if […]

RIA rollups

4 Secrets of Successful RIA Rollups

Whether you call them RIA consolidators, aggregators or roll-ups, they are all fighting toward the same goal: keeping their advisors happy and growing their assets.  Yet how they got their their current size and how they plan to keep growing is a story that often gets overlooked. Three successful RIA rollups recently appeared on stage […]

fintech startups

How Israeli Fintech Startups Are Shaking Up Banking & Payments

If there was one location on Earth that should be referred to as the ‘Startup Capital of the World’ it would be Israel. Sure, when it comes to raw numbers, Silicon Valley is king. But on a per capita basis, Israel, with only 8 million people, boasts more startups, more venture capital, more scientists and […]

blockchain technology

The Ghost in the Blockchain: 5 Reasons It Will Revolutionize Financial Services

I’m writing this post from the comfort of my Airbnb apartment in Tel Aviv where the news has just broken of Intel’s purchase of MobileEye, an Israeli firm that has developed chips for cameras that allow cars to ‘see’ the road ahead of them.  The $15 billion Intel is spending is another validation of the […]

What If RoboAdvisors Gave Away Financial Planning?

Bill Gates made a splash recently with a controversial statement about how to deal with the impact of technology on the job market.  He proposed a new tax on companies that install robots to replace human workers.  His logic is that a tax will reduce the pace of automation and the money raised would be used for retraining […]

bank wealth management

5 Reasons Why Banks Should Start Their Own RIAs

Twenty years ago, the majority of new accounts opened by banks were trust accounts, while only a small minority were advisory accounts.  That has since flipped 180 degrees.  Now, the majority of accounts are advisory, with only a small percentage being trust accounts.  Yet, many bank wealth management groups still put all of their accounts onto […]

Riskalyze autopilot

Why Riskalyze Needed to Become a TAMP

The waiting is over.  And we didn’t have to wait all that long.  We finally know what Riskalyze CEO Aaron Klein did with the $20 million in Series A funding the firm raised last October. They built their own Turnkey Asset Management Platform (TAMP). The reveal occurred at last week’s T3 Advisor Conference in Los Angeles, CA.  Klein kicked […]

Acorns vs Stash

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 […]