“When advisors see great technology, they want it. We build it, but they don’t really use it.” — Dean Zayed, CEO and Founder of Brookstone Capital Management Unlike the mysterious voice from the Kevin Costner movie Field of Dreams that said, “if you build it, they will come”, financial advisors do not always embrace new […]
From Wealth Management AI, Winners of WealthTech, Conference Summaries and Stranger Things in the wealth management technology and digital banking industry, here are the top ten posts of 2018.
In the year 1637, in what is now the Netherlands, market speculators bid up the prices for tulip bulbs to astronomical amounts. In one alleged transaction, a single bulb of the Viceroy variety was traded for 1,000 pounds of cheese, 12 sheep and 8 pigs. The Tulip Mania, as it was later called, ended with […]
As anyone who has sat next to me at a conference knows, I’m a hyperactive tweeter, sharing interesting tidbits and observations from the various speakers and panelists. So, one would expect that someone who uses Twitter so much would think to check the conference hashtag before blasting out fifty or more tweets? Not I, said […]
What’s the best way to get financial planning functionality into the hands of more advisors? Standalone applications, like MoneyGuide Pro and eMoney Advisor, or “lite”financial planning functionality built directly into wealth management platforms? This tug-of-war has been going on for the past few years and it looks as though we might have reached a tipping point. BlackRock […]
There is a huge difference in scale between JP Morgan, the largest US retail bank with over $2 trillion in assets, and a small community bank like the Bank of Ontario, which is just shy of $50 million in assets. They differ in almost every aspect including number of customers, branches, lines of business and global […]
“Clients aren’t hiring advisors so they can make 1% less per year.” — Ron Carson, CEO, Carson Group This is one of my favorite quotes of the year and a terrific behavioral nudge for advisors to keep looking for ways to increase the value they provide to clients. They should be shown how they are […]
When I first heard the news that NorthStar Financial was acquiring FTJ FundChoice (“FTJ”) and merging it with their subsidiary, Orion Advisor Services, I thought it was a terrific move. Orion had been slowly moving up the value chain and pitching to larger clients, like broker-dealers and banks, but losing them to market leader Envestnet. The addition […]