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 […]

RIA rollups

What's the Secret Sauce in 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 […]

401k plan sponsors

Can This 401(k) Robo-Platform Defeat the Dark Side of Retirement?

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 […]

portfolio rebalancing software

3 Secrets of Portfolio Rebalancing by Michael Kitces

Rebalancing is a word that advisors know all too well.  With so much already written about portfolio rebalancing software and strategies, what is it about the subject that fills a conference room to capacity?  That is what I was wondering while sitting in the audience at the IMCA’s 2016 conference, waiting for Michael Kitces to take the stage and […]

Adhesion's Robo-Advisor

Can Adhesion's Robo-Advisor Platform Attract Top Gun RIAs?

One of the biggest trends in wealth management over the past year has been the slew of new products designed to help RIAs launch their own digital advisory channels.  Every vendor in the space has realized that they need to be able to check off the robo-platform box when they get an RFP from a prospective client. Adhesion […]

Roboadvisor Wealthfront

Dead Robo Walking: Why Wealthfront is Doomed

As recently as last summer, Adam Nash, CEO of roboadvisor Wealthfront, was boasting about his firm’s rapid growth and how they could soon replace ‘traditional’ financial advisors. How fast the world changes in just a few months. In an article in InvestmentNews, Alessandra Malito reported that Wealthfront’s AUM growth slowed to a crawl by the end of last year: Wealthfront, which […]

T3 Conference

T3 Enterprise: Best Tweets of the Conference

What can you do if, like me, you were unable to attend this year’s T3 Enterprise Conference?  If you were too busy to make it to the Bonaventure Resort & Spa, right outside of beautiful Fort Lauderdale, FL?  If you missed hearing some of the industry’s leading vendors announce their new product offerings? Don’t worry, there’s […]

The Top 10 WMToday Posts from 2014

At the end of every year, we compile a list of the most popular posts that were published on WM Today. It’s a great way to look back on what happened this year, and an insight-packed view of what really resonates with our readers. 10. Going Mobile: Review of AssetMark’s New iPad App As part […]

FolioDynamix Acquired

FolioDynamix Snapped Up for $200 Million in Cash

In one of the most unusual transactions that I have seen in wealth management, a firm with zero industry footprint has laid out a boatload of cash to buy a rising star platform provider. As reported in an article (What Latest Turnkey Acquisition Means for Industry) in FundFire: Actua Corporation, a publicly traded firm which […]

The Best of Both Worlds: Portfolio Rebalancing + Best Execution = Blaze Portfolio

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” — Steve Jobs For the past year and a half, I have been meeting with vendors of portfolio rebalancing software, seeing demos of their products and writing a series of articles about my findings.   All of the applications were very good and provided a long list […]