Wealthtech Trends

#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 4: Revolutionary Wealthtech with Ian McKenna

“In a digital world, seven years is about the same as two generations.” –- Ian McKenna Ian McKenna founded Financial Technology Research Centre in 1995 nearly two decades before “FinTech” became part of the industry lexicon. A boutique consultancy, the firm focuses on how personal finance organizations can communicate more effectively with their customers and […]

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6 Thoughts About Envestnet Buying MoneyGuidePro

“It’s good to be the king.” — Mel Brooks, History of the World, Part I Does the $500 million deal to buy MoneyGuidePro make Envestnet the King of Financial Planning Software? There’s so much to unpack here!  Envestnet CEO Jud Bergman said that they had been interested in buying MoneyGuidePro for almost as long as […]

#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 3: Why Advisors Should Embrace Digital Marketing with Kevin Mulhern

“We’re now in a world where investor’s expectations for communication and contact are much, much higher than they were even five years ago.” –- Kevin Mulhern Kevin Mulhern is the co-founder and CEO of AdvisorStream. Previously, he was the founder of three other startups including a Canadian retail brokerage firm, a new media outlet for […]

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7 Surprising Facts About Financial Wellness Programs

Why should companies try to improve their employee’s well-being?  How can financial wellness programs improve employee morale, lower stress levels and increase engagement? Do employees even want these programs? Financial planning technology vendor Advizr invited me to attend the first in a series of events to encourage an open dialogue among human resources professionals about financial […]

#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 2: Cybersecurity Armageddon with Brian Edelman

“Once you’re required by the courts to do anything, your ability to negotiate price is now gone.” –- Brian Edelman Brian Edelman is a nationally recognized cybersecurity expert specializing in the financial services industry.  He is the CEO of FCI, a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP), which he founded in 1995.  FCI offers a comprehensive suite […]

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Charles Schwab’s Crystal Ball Sees Less Technology in the Future for Custodians

“What senses do we lack that we cannot see or hear another world all around us?” ― Frank Herbert, Dune Successful business leaders usually see the world differently from everyone else. They’re visionaries who are able to perceive that the world is changing before most other people and they take action to get ahead of […]

#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 1: Joel Bruckenstein’s highlights from the T3 Advisor Conference

“Our industry is still evolving.  The entrepreneurs and innovators can’t just rest on their laurels. When they see an opportunity to do something exciting they just want to jump on it.” — Joel Bruckenstein Joel Bruckenstein, CFP® (@fintechie) is publisher of the T3 Tech Hub and the producer of the Technology Tools for Today (T3) […]

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Vestmark Adds Option Trading as Defense Against Robo-Advisors

The top five robo-advisors have attracted almost $200 billion in AUM and some projections say that this total could hit trillions in a few years. Wealth management firms are looking for ways to help their advisors differentiate themselves from the now ubiquitous robo solutions. As stated in Cerulli’s 2017 US Advisor Metrics Report, money management services are at […]