RIA Custodians

#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 15: How to Choose an RIA Custodian with Robb Baldwin, TradePMR

“I realized that custodians had all of this data, but they did nothing with it to enhance the advisor experience. So when we started TradePMR, our goal was to create technology that leveraged our data to provide advisors with superior tools to manage and grow their business.” — Robb Baldwin Robb Baldwin is the founder […]

WealthSimple Tries to Breakout of the Canadian Market with $100 Million from Allianz

“There is no Vanguard or Schwab here [in Canada]. We are the ones gobbling up the industry assets.” — Michael Katchen, CEO, WealthSimple In the U.S., Vanguard owns the digital advice market with their Personal Advisor Services hybrid solution. But up in the Great White North, it is a five-year-old robo-advisor called WealthSimple that is […]

RIA Technology

#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 10: The Consultant’s Roundtable on RIA Technology News

“Seamless integration – what does that mean? It’s like saying jumbo shrimp. It’s an oxymoron because there aren’t any truly seamless integrations.” — Kristen Schmidt As Founder of RIA Oasis, a tech strategy and implementation consulting firm, Kristen Schmidt sees the real-time hurdles firms face when it comes to technology, integrations, and workflow building. As […]

Assetmark’s WealthBuilder is a Next Level Technology Experience for Advisors

“[We] can see the writing on the wall. The real debate is not over whether to run, but over how far and how fast.” — Charles Stross, British writer Asset managers have seen the writing on the wall. It’s not enough to just push products and expect to continue gather assets.  Advisors’ expectations are increasingly […]

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Charles Schwab’s Crystal Ball Sees Less Technology in the Future for Custodians

“What senses do we lack that we cannot see or hear another world all around us?” ― Frank Herbert, Dune Successful business leaders usually see the world differently from everyone else. They’re visionaries who are able to perceive that the world is changing before most other people and they take action to get ahead of […]

Invest Conference

Digital Digest from the InVest 2018 Conference

The battle between every startup and incumbent comes down to whether the startup gets distribution before the incumbent gets innovation. I pulled this quote from one of my favorite podcasts, a16z, which is produced by VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. I felt as though I was witnessing this ongoing struggle live last week at the In|Vest […]

T3 Advisor Conference

You'll Want to Know These 7 Takeaways from the T3 Advisor Conference

Industry focus. Relentless focus on gathering knowledge. A burning desire to stay up-to-date on the latest technology trends in wealth management. These are all of the reasons that I spent the week in Fort Lauderdale attending the T3 Advisor Conference and did not go home early to be at the Eagles Super Bowl Parade. Forty years […]

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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 […]