robo platform advisors

Will Oranj + TradeWarrior Be Greater Than The Sum of Their Parts?

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

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 […]

Riskalyze autopilot

Riskalyze Expands Beyond Profiling to Become a TAMP Supermarket

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 […]

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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. […]

asset management

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 […]

blockchain

7 Roadblocks to a Blockchain Revolution

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 […]

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 […]