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How Acorns Is Building The Biggest Brand in Financial Services

“Acorns is not in the asset accumulation business. We are building a consumer brand that sells financial products.” — Manning Field, Chief Commercial Officer, Acorns Some companies have a mission statement and some have a corporate vision while others have both. At Acorns, the micro-investing app, they have a mantra. Inspired by the mighty oak […]

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Will AI be an Advisor’s Best Friend or Worst Nightmare?

Over the next decade, artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies will have a tremendous impact on the human labor market. So much so that AI could render nearly half of all US occupations obsolete. In fact, we can expect 65% of today’s college graduates to one day be working in jobs that do not […]

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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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Can Adhesion's Robo-Advisor Platform Attract Top Gun RIAs?

One of the biggest trends in wealth management over the past year has been the slew of new products designed to help RIAs launch their own digital advisory channels.  Every vendor in the space has realized that they need to be able to check off the robo-platform box when they get an RFP from a prospective client. Adhesion […]

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Envestnet Advisor Summit 2015 Fast Twitter Recap – Day 1

I’m here is sunny Chicago, enjoying the unusually nice weather, deep dish pizza and Goose Island beer, while attending the Envestnet Advisor Summit 2015.  This is a quick overview of some of the key information presented during the first day of conference. Follow us on Twitter to get live updates from the next two days […]

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MMI 2015 Annual Convention Quick Twitter Recap

The theme for the Money Management Institute’s 2015 Annual Convention in Charlotte, NC was “Leadership Challenges in a Period of Fast-Paced Industry Transition”.  This was well-timed considering the whirlwind of changes that have occurred over the past year. The attendees were a good mix of asset managers, sponsors and vendors that led to some lively […]

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Bill Harris Takes a Dive at MMI During His Personal Capital Promotional Tour

Bill Harris was running late.  The CEO of Personal Capital had agreed to be part of the advisor technology panel at the Money Management Institute’s 2014 Fall Solutions Conference.  It was already past 12:30pm, when the panel was scheduled to begin and Bill had not yet arrived.  He had gotten stuck in traffic on his […]

The Wizards of ETFs – Behind the Curtain (1/2)

This is a summary of a session from the Money Management Institute’s 2012 Fall Solution Conference entitled ETFs: To Develop or Not Develop?  This is part one of a two-part series.  You can jump to part two by clicking here. Moderator: Benjamin T. Fulton, Managing Director of Global ETFs, Invesco Powershares Capital Management, LLC Panelists: […]

LPL Strives to Improve RIA Practice Efficiency

This post is a summary of a session from the MMI’s 2011 Annual Convention: In 2010, LPL Financial grew the AUM on its hybrid RIA platform from $7.3 billion to $13.5 billion, an 85% jump. One of the main drivers that is attracting independent brokers is LPL’s ability to improve practice efficiency. This point was […]