TakingOff - 3 Reasons Why Model Marketplaces Are Taking Off

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 […]

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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 […]

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Envestnet Rebrands ENV2 as a Financial Wellness Platform

Maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment. I’ve already written a summary of the recent Envestnet Advisor Summit, from a Tamarac perspective. (See 8 Cool Tamarac Updates from the Envestnet Advisor Conference)  But, I still have a ton of notes and tweets regarding the two other legs of the Envestnet technology stool; ENV2 and Yodlee. So, why […]

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8 Cool Tamarac Updates from the Envestnet Advisor Summit

Creole cuisine, bead necklaces and Saints football at the Metrodome are three things that I come to my mind when I think of New Orleans. But last week, my thoughts were firmly focused on the Envestnet Advisor Summit, which was held in The Big Easy for the first time. With over 1,500 attendees, Envestnet’s client conference is […]

Stranger Things 2 - Stranger Things Are Happening to Financial Planning Software

Stranger Things Are Happening to Financial Planning Software

Financial planning software is dead. Long live financial planning software! Everyone knows if you want to create financial plans you need a financial planning application and if you want to open accounts, trade and run compliance you need a wealth management application. That’s the way it’s always been. These two previously separate systems have recently begun […]

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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 […]