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Is BlackRock-Envestnet Deal a Tipping Point for Lite Financial Planning?

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 […]

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The Secret Sauce in the Top 6 Client Onboarding Vendors

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 […]

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Mission: Impossible – Choosing the Right 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 […]

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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 […]

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The Game of Thrones Struggle Between Banks & Wealth Managers

2017 was a series of ups and downs for banks. The recently passed tax bill lowered their rates which will boost their bottom line and any interest rate hikes will goose their lending revenue. But new competitors lurk around every corner as technology giants such as Amazon, Facebook and Apple are launching consumer-facing financial products that chip […]

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Is AdvisorEngine Building a Tamarac Killer?

How much do you need to spend to build a wealth management platform that is able to compete with the established market leaders? Around $60 million, based on the total investments gathered by upstart wealthtech vendor AdvisorEngine. This is how much cash the firm has grabbed since 2014, when it was launched by Rich Cancro, who […]

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Is CleverDome the Holy Grail of Cybersecurity?

“If you think technology [alone] can solve your security problems, then you don’t understand the problems and you don’t understand the technology.” – Bruce Schneier, Cryptographer and computer security expert Companies around the world are under constant attack by an increasingly business-savvy brand of cyber-criminal. Using ever more sophisticated techniques, they have successfully stolen hundreds of millions […]

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Can AI Improve Advisor Efficiency?

“I believe that by the end of the century, the use of words will have been altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.” ― Alan Turing, English mathematician, computer scientist and cryptologist, from Computing Machinery and Intelligence The foundation of AI started back in 1950 […]

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RBC Paints It Black with New RIA Digital Wealth Platform

The asset gap between the Big 4 RIA Custodians and the second-tier custodians is as wide as the Grand Canyon. With a combined asset base of over $2.5 trillion, the Big 4 would seem to have nothing to worry about from their small custodian peers. Yet, the many niche RIA custodians don’t seem to be […]