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The 3 Deadly Sins Advisors Must Avoid to Grow Their Business

“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 […]

Orion Advisor Services

Beam Me Up, Scotty! Orion Enterprise Warps Into a Next Generation TAMP

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 […]

T3 Enterprise Conference

10 Transformational Trends from the T3 Enterprise Conference

The high rollers were out, in Las Vegas last week, laying down their bets and placing wagers on contestants in high stakes games. Except these players were going all in on wealth management technology at the T3 Enterprise Conference, which was held for the second year in a row at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. #T32018It is going to […]

Riskalyze fearless investing summit

99 Takeaways from the Riskalyze Fearless Investing Summit 2018

If there is one other thing that Aaron Klein does well, besides building a successful software company, it’s running a conference. Last year’s client conference in Lake Tahoe was a smashing success, so expectations were high for The Riskalyze Fearless Investing Summit 2018 held in San Antonio, TX. We really shouldn’t have been worried at […]

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3 Trends Helping UMAs Break Through $1 Trillion in Assets

Have unified managed accounts (UMAs) finally arrived? After almost two decades of hype, UMAs are on the precipice of an amazing feat. This most complex of managed accounts programs is finally going to eclipse $1 trillion in assets. According to data from Cerulli, by the end of Q1 2018 UMA assets reached $986 billion.  This […]

TakingOff - 3 Reasons Why Model Marketplaces Are Taking Off

How Technology Enabled Model Marketplaces to Take Off

It seems as though every wealthtech vendor and custodian has launched their own model marketplace. It’s gotten to the point where I’m expecting to see model offerings at the drive thru at Dunkin Donuts one day soon.  According to research from Cerulli, 80% of all financial advisors use some type of model portfolios in their […]

Orion Advisor Conference

7 Impressions from the Orion Advisor Conference

Back when Orion Advisor Services’ CEO Eric Clark was still working for his father’s RIA, I’ll bet he never imagined that one day he would be on stage in front of 700+ clients, partners and staff of his own company. And on his birthday, to top it all off. Yet this very scenario played itself […]

digital advice platforms

Mission: Impossible - Choosing a Digital Advice Vendor

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to review and analyze the leading vendors in the digital advice space and select the best one for your firm.” “This message will self-destruct in five seconds.” Sometimes it seems that the only way to fully grasp the rapid advances in advisor technology is to be […]

artificial intelligence wealth management

Who Are the Leading Vendors in AI for Wealth Management?

Artificial Intelligence products and platforms deployed at the enterprise level is still a relatively new experience. Even though wealth management firms are slowly embracing machine learning (ML), natural language processing (NLP) and other models to dig deeper into their customer data and make business decisions, we are only scratching the surface of the benefits of […]