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Riskalyze Launches TAMP Aggregator at T3 Conference

The waiting is over.  And we didn’t have to wait all that long.  We finally know what Riskalyze CEO Aaron Klein did with the $20 million in Series A funding the firm raised last October. They built their own Turnkey Asset Management Platform (TAMP). The reveal occurred at last week’s T3 Advisor Conference in Los Angeles, CA.  Klein kicked […]

Acorns vs Stash

Acorns vs. Stash: Why Micro-Savings Apps Are The Wave of the Future

One of the amazing aspects of innovation is how different people can approach the exact same problem from completely different angles.  The social media has seen hundreds of startups including recent popular apps such as Viber (voice calls), Periscope (video streaming) and Snapchat (disappearing photos that has filed for an IPO at a valuation of $25 billion), whose founders all […]

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Thoughts On Time Travel, RoboAdvisors and The DOL Rule

I just finished an interesting book called “Time Travel: A History” by James Gleick.  It is a well-written amalgamation of the history of time travel in Western literature, starting with H. G. Wells’ classic, The Time Machine. Since Well’s novel pre-dated Einstein’s theories by almost a decade, he was not aware that time is relative to each observer. […]

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Trends in Asset Management

Disruption may be the name of the game in the financial industry, but that does not mean everyone necessarily likes it. This year proved to be no exception with more sources of upheaval than ever applying pressure on asset managers. I was recently invited to participate in a panel discussion at an SS&C event in Toronto called, “The View From […]

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Why Blockchain Isn't Ready for Prime Time

Nearly three years ago, Internet pioneer and Silicon Valley uber-investor Marc Andreessen wrote an article in the New York Times about how the technology behind Bitcoin, the digital currency, is in a state similar to the World Wide Web in the 1990’s. He predicted that a company using Bitcoin technology, would soon lead a wave of disruption across the financial services […]

cybersecurity

FundFire: Why Are Most RIAs Unprepared for CyberSecurity Threats?

This year has seen some of the most high profile hacking attacks in the Internet age.  You would think that the near daily distribution of politicians’ emails would be enough to spur firms to increase their efforts to shore up their electronic defenses. But this has not been the case. While a recent study by the Financial Planning Association shows that cybersecurity […]

Canadian roboadvisors

Canadian RoboAdvisors Are Pricing Themselves Out of the Market

In an article in Canada’s Financial Post, author Jonathan Chevreau discusses a study by Boston-based consulting firm Dalbar that used 45 “mystery shoppers” to assess ten Canadian-based robo-advisors. They found that some platforms are falling short on service expectations, which creates “significant reputational risk”. Chevreau, the CFO of Financial Independence Hub, explained that the mystery shoppers reported a number […]

Roboadvisors Renaissance

How the RoboAdvisor Renaissance Pushed the Industry Out of the Dark Ages

While B2C robo advisors have yet to reach asset levels that could threaten traditional advisors, their innovative technology has been spurring firms to revamp their online presence.  A Roboadvisor Renaissance has spread across the formerly stodgy wealth management industry.  Legacy technology vendors are rushing to revamp their user interfaces and add automated investment offerings to meet a […]

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How Yodlee’s Predictive Analytics Can Power Envestnet to Revolutionize Financial Advice

When Envestnet acquired data aggregator Yodlee in mid-2015 for $590 million, mixed feelings and heated opinions were flying high. Some felt that this was a brilliant move that would augment Envestnet’s capabilities. Others frowned on the transaction citing the 50% premium as unreasonable and anticipating integration issues. A year after the deal was announced, how is the power couple faring? Better […]

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How to Avoid Disaster When Choosing a Wealth Management Platform

What’s the best way to select a new wealth management platform? This is a question that I am asked constantly by clients. Everyone seems to have a horror story about the time they went through this process at some time in their career. The downside of living through this nightmare is that you rarely get a second chance to […]