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#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 19: Why The “Slap Your Logo On My Robo” Business Model Doesn’t Work Any Longer with Simon Roy from Jemstep

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re sitting with $5,000 or $100 million in assets, all of us have been conditioned to expect access to our services digitally.” — Simon Roy, Jemstep, Inc. Simon Roy is President and CEO of Jemstep and has responsibility for their overall business strategy and management. In his over nine years at […]

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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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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. […]