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 […]

The Future of Advice Delivery: What Will Solutions Look Like?

This is a summary of a session from the FRA’s 11th Annual Managed Account and UMA Summit that was held in September 2013 in NYC. Moderator: Walter Hartford, VP, Business Development, F-Squared Investments Panelists: Kathleen Shkuda, President, Zigzag Consulting Jack Sharry, EVP, LifeYield Michael Jones, Chairman and CIO, Riverfront Investment Group Unified Managed Accounts (UMA’s) […]

6 Keys to Launching a Successful UMA Program

This is a summary of a session from the FRA’s 11th Annual Managed Account and UMA Summit that was held in September 2013 in NYC. Moderator: Bill McFadden, U.S. Business Development, CGI Panelists: Chris Gibbons, VP Investment Product Management, PNC Asset Management John McDevitt, CFA, SVP, Brown Brothers Harriman Sophie Schmitt, Senior Analyst, Wealth Management, […]

Model Delivery is Risky Business, According to Money Managers Survey

Most investment managers believe that the risks associated with communicating model changes to sponsors are significant and have the potential to result in negative impact to their firms. This was one of the results of a survey done by Dover Research as reported by Jean Sullivan at the Financial Research Association’s 9th Annual Managed Account […]

Are Managed Accounts Obsolete?

This post is a summary from a session at the Financial Research Associates 9th Annual Managed Accounts Summit in Boston, MA. These are three of the most frequently asked questions regarding the managed solutions industry according to David Gardner, Principal, Smart Consulting Firm, LLC. Are managed accounts obsolete? David informed us that managed solutions today […]

Managed Accounts: Future Trends, Projections and Opportunities

This post is a summary from a panel session at the Financial Research Associates 9th Annual Managed Accounts Summit in Boston, MA. Moderator: Phil Masterson, Managing Director, Investment Manager Services Division, SEI. Panelists: Andrew Clipper, Managing Director, Citi Investor Services, Tracy Gallman, SVP, Investment Products & Platform Development, LPL Financial, Paul Oliu, Director of Business […]

Why Bother Using an SMA Outsourcer?

This post is a summary of a session from the FRA’s 8th Annual Managed Accounts Summit. According to a recent report by the Tower Group, the use of “cloud services” will become mainstream by 2015, stated Seth Johnson, CEO & Co-Founder, Redi2 Technologies. They will slowly evolve into public utilities that integrate traditional licensed software, augmented […]

SMAs That Act Like Alternatives

This post is a summary of a session from the FRA’s 8th Annual Managed Accounts Summit. While many money managers have been switching client assets into alternatives in their search for better returns, David M. Spungen, Chief Executive Officer of Hillview Capital Advisors, LLC, believes this is a bad idea. For a taxable individual, alternative investments, particularly […]

3 Ways to Deliver Tax Efficient Investment Solutions

This post is a summary of a session from the FRA’s 8th Annual Managed Accounts Summit. The speaker for this session was Randy Bullard, Executive VP, Institutional Business Development, Placemark Investments. Randy began by listing the three main areas where tax efficiency can be achieved: Asset Placement – trust & estate planning, asset allocation and […]

How Break-Away Brokers are Changing the SMA Playing Field

This post is a summary of a session from the FRA’s 8th Annual Managed Accounts Summit.The moderator for this session was Kathleen Shkuda, President, Zigzag Consulting. The panelists were Eric M. Sutherland, Managing Director, Allianz Global Investors and Heather Gardner, Principal, CIMA, National Accounts Director, William Blair & Company. According to Cerulli, separate account consulting […]