Request for Proposal Process

7 Mistakes to Avoid in a Request for Proposal (RFP) Process

In Ancient Greece, a man could propose marriage to a woman by throwing an apple at her.  If she caught the apple, it meant she accepted the proposal. For wealth management firms searching for new technology partners, throwing fruit at them would not be an appropriate replacement for a formal request for proposal (RFP) process. […]

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 […]

risk tolerance questionnaires

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. […]

blockchain financial services

Will IBM or Microsoft Become the King of Blockchain?

“Chess is not always about winning.  Sometimes it’s simply about learning.” This anonymous quote summarizes the new battle between old antagonists; IBM and Microsoft.  These two tech giants have staked competing claims to blockchain dominance by backing competing standards.  IBM supports hyperledger while Microsoft is pushing Ethereum.  Both are decentralized ledgers that can be used to manage […]

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 […]

fintech startups

3 FinTech Startups That Can Disrupt 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 […]

Riskalyze autopilot

Riskalyze Launches TAMP Aggregator at T3 Conference

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 […]