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 […]

Wealthfront

3 Tips For Wealthfront to Avoid Running Out of Gas

Wealthfront finds itself facing a cloudy future as its fifth anniversary nears, thanks to the dust that its bigger rivals, Vanguard and Schwab, and its disruptive competitor, Betterment, are leaving in their wake. The robo-advisor just announced a collection of new features that they hope will right the ship and get their asset growth back on […]

Acorns Roboadvisor

How Acorns Is Beating Roboadvisors on Scale

It’s been nearly a year since Vanguard and Schwab launched automated advice platforms, stepping into the fray against roboadvisors and apparently winning. As we’ve discussed, the end may be near for the Wealthfront as the big boys are close to knocking the upstarts out of the fight. Meanwhile, a presumed lightweight in the battle for […]

Roboadvisor Wealthfront

4 Reasons Why the End is Near for Wealthfront

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 […]

Snapchat Roboadvisor

How a Snapchat RoboAdvisor Could Rock the Industry

Social media has changed the way people interact with each other and how they receive and consume information. Is the next step changing the way they invest? Robo-advisors have become a hot topic in the investment industry recently. Social media messaging service Snapchat is even rumored to be building a robo-advisor service of its own. Could a […]

Invesco's Acquisition of Jemstep

3 Thoughts on Why Invesco Acquiring Jemstep Was A Smart Move

I’ve been a big fan of Jemstep for quite a while now.  I first met their president, Simon Roy, at a T3 conference a few years ago when he was on a panel of robo-platform providers. (See 4 Robo-Platforms Go Head-to-Head at T3 Conference) While Jemstep started out with a short-lived direct to consumer model and then […]

Envestnet Acquisition of Yodlee

5 Reasons Why the Envestnet Acquisition of Yodlee Was Brilliant

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, Envestnet shelled out almost $600 million to purchase data aggregator Yodlee.  The reverberations from this deal are still making their way across the industry. After spending about a year talking about licensing deals and partnerships, Envestnet CEO Jud Bergman came to the conclusion that Yodlee’s […]

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Robo-Advisors Shakeout: Who Will Be The Last One Standing?

It wasn’t supposed to be this way The robo-advisor concept began as an idea that could disrupt the wealth management industry.  It started moving through a series of phases that are common to disruptive ideas and technology.  Disruptors like Amazon, Apple and Uber all went through these phases with their products and services.  New business models rose up […]

Invest 2015 conference

InVest 2015 Conference: Fast Twitter Recap – Day 1

This is my summary of day 1 of the In|Vest 2015 Conference.  This is the first year for this conference and they are targeting a wide audience, at least beyond what I see at other wealth management events. Their goal was to bring together traditional wealth management firms, retail and private banks with enterprise technology and service providers, digital advisory and […]

pershing robo advisor

Pershing Plans a Robo-Advisor White Label Product — Yip

The woman from the public relations had scheduled a meeting for me with Patrick Yip, Director of Advisory Market Technology Strategy at Pershing LLC. since we would both be at the Technology Tools for Today (T3) Conference in Dallas.  Yip was looking to talk about some new technology initiatives undertaken by Pershing and their parent, the […]