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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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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How Banks Are Taking the Lead in Robo Advisor Technology

Banks are traditionally stodgy institutions built on creaky, old infrastructure and usually being the last ones to adopt new technologies.  This has been true regarding robo-advisors and digital advice platforms, where broker-dealers and RIA’s have taken the lead over the past few years. But now, it seems that change is coming. While the growth of […]

What If RoboAdvisors Gave Away Financial Planning?

Bill Gates made a splash recently with a controversial statement about how to deal with the impact of technology on the job market.  He proposed a new tax on companies that install robots to replace human workers.  His logic is that a tax will reduce the pace of automation and the money raised would be used for retraining […]

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RoboAdvisors and the DOL Rule: Perfect Together?

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. […]

Wealthfront

3 Tips For Wealthfront to Avoid Running Out of Gas

Wealthfront finds itself facing a cloudy future as its fifth anniversary nears, thanks to the dust that its bigger rivals, Vanguard and Schwab, and its disruptive competitor, Betterment, are leaving in their wake. The robo-advisor just announced a collection of new features that they hope will right the ship and get their asset growth back on […]

Client-Facing Technology

5 Trends in Client-Facing Technology

Client-facing technologies offer a bit of a contradiction in terminology, especially for those of us who have been in the industry for a while. Client-facing used to mean interactions only done by a human. As technology has advanced, more and more interactions are being handled by technology in order to allow the advisors to be […]

TD Ameritrade National LINC

7 Key Trends from the TD Ameritrade Conference – Day 2

TD Ameritrade’s annual advisor conference always provides an interesting glimpse into future trends in financial technology. The firm’s agnostic approach to technology means that its advisors have access to a wide variety of established and emerging solutions. National LINC 2016 brought a wide range informative and entertaining sessions.  Digital channels, social media and tech tips from […]

Invesco's Acquisition of Jemstep

3 Thoughts on Why Invesco Acquiring Jemstep Was A Smart Move

I’ve been a big fan of Jemstep for quite a while now.  I first met their president, Simon Roy, at a T3 conference a few years ago when he was on a panel of robo-platform providers. (See 4 Robo-Platforms Go Head-to-Head at T3 Conference) While Jemstep started out with a short-lived direct to consumer model and then […]