CRM Software Comparison

Redtail vs Salesforce FSC: Which is the best CRM for Financial Advisors?

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 […]

401k plan sponsors

Rogue 4-0 One: Can Robo-Platform Vestwell Help Advisors Defeat The Retirement Deathstar?

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 […]

roboadvisors DOL rule

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. […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

Is Finance Logix The Right Financial Planning Software For You?

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. […]

iRebal for Roboadvisors

Can TD Ameritrade Turn iRebal Into the RoboAdvisor Engine of Choice?

While stand-alone robo-advisor assets have flatlined, deep pocketed players are still circling, hoping to land a bargain and jump start their digital strategy.  Firms are pitching themselves as technology plays rather than just online RIA’s that mostly eschew human advisors. TD Ameritrade is positioning their latest version of iRebal as the ‘Intel inside’ for online advisors.  The technology savvy custodian […]