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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 […]

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 […]

MMI Model Hub Looks to Unify Battling Vendor Networks

The era of the model hub as a standalone product has arrived. With the launch of model hubs like InvestEdge’s MMxCHANGE, Vestmark’s Manager Marketplace and the soon-to-be released Money Management Institute’s (MMI) Model Hub (the Hub of Hubs), model hubs have moved from internal-only tools that took a back seat to portfolio management and trading and have become […]

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5 Ways Big Data Can Improve Risk Tolerance Questionnaires

This week, we remember a seminal event in the history of artificial intelligence. It was the twentieth anniversary of world chess champion Gary Kasparov’s loss to IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer. I was fortunate to be in attendance when Kasparov gave a keynote speech at the 2017 Envestnet Advisor Summit, where he spoke about his latest book, Deep Thinking. […]

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3 Key Differences Between Blockchain Hyperledger and Ethereum

“Chess is not always about winning.  Sometimes it’s simply about learning.” This anonymous quote summarizes the new battle between old antagonists; IBM and Microsoft.  These two tech giants have staked competing claims to blockchain dominance by backing competing standards.  IBM supports hyperledger while Microsoft is pushing Ethereum.  Both are decentralized ledgers that can be used to manage […]

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Can Oranj + TradeWarrior Compete With The RIA Big Boys Now

It is a great time to be an independent RIA.  At least when it comes to technology.  There seems to be an endless supply of tools for automating, optimizing and generally improving the efficiency of an advisory firm’s operations. This is especially true in what we like to call the robo-platform or digital advice space.  Innovative companies […]