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Invest West Conference 7 Minute Summary

As anyone who has sat next to me at a conference knows, I’m a hyperactive tweeter, sharing interesting tidbits and observations from the various speakers and panelists.  So, one would expect that someone who uses Twitter so much would think to check the conference hashtag before blasting out fifty or more tweets? Not I, said […]

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 […]

Orion Advisor Services

Beam Me Up, Scotty! Orion Enterprise Warps Into a Next Generation TAMP

When I first heard the news that NorthStar Financial was acquiring FTJ FundChoice (“FTJ”) and merging it with their subsidiary, Orion Advisor Services, I thought it was a terrific move.  Orion had been slowly moving up the value chain and pitching to larger clients, like broker-dealers and banks, but losing them to market leader Envestnet.  The addition […]

T3 Enterprise Conference

10 Towering Testaments from the T3 Enterprise Conference

The high rollers were out, in Las Vegas last week, laying down their bets and placing wagers on contestants in high stakes games. Except these players were going all in on wealth management technology at the T3 Enterprise Conference, which was held for the second year in a row at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. #T32018It is going to […]

How Technology Enabled Model Marketplaces to Take Off

It seems as though every wealthtech vendor and custodian has launched their own model marketplace. It’s gotten to the point where I’m expecting to see model offerings at the drive thru at Dunkin Donuts one day soon.  According to research from Cerulli, 80% of all financial advisors use some type of model portfolios in their […]

digital advice platforms

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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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 […]

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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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HNW Clients Are Driving Banks to Expand Digital Advice Solutions

As much as the previous business cycle in retail banking was marked by an unsustainable consumer credit explosion, the current one will be shaped by digital. This will include increased changes in payments and a wider metamorphosis in systems enabled by digital technologies. There is an immediate need for action. According to a report by […]