#WinnersOfWealthTech Ep 24: Rich Cancro, CEO of AdvisorEngine

“Everybody fails at some point, but if you have built a level of trust with your clients, there’s no reason for fear.” — Rich Cancro This month’s Winners of Wealthtech interview is with Rich Cancro, who is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AdvisorEngine. He sets the company’s vision and strategy and brings over 25 […]

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#WinnersOfWealthTech Ep 6: John Michel, CEO of CircleBlack

“You have to be true to what makes you excited to get up in the morning.” — John Michel This month’s Winners of Wealthtech interview is with John Michel, CEO of digital advice technology vendor CircleBlack. John is a serial entrepreneur with a long history of building successful businesses and innovating in financial services and wealth management. Here […]

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Too Digital to Fail: InVest 2015 Conference – Day 2 Summary

While the first day of the In|Vest 2015 Conference was devoted to startups and their potential to disrupt the traditional financial services landscape, day two turned the tables and gave the too-big-to-fail banks and other large wealth management firms a chance to show off their digital mojo and explain why they won’t be the ones to become disrupted. After […]

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MMI 2015 Annual Convention Quick Twitter Recap

The theme for the Money Management Institute’s 2015 Annual Convention in Charlotte, NC was “Leadership Challenges in a Period of Fast-Paced Industry Transition”.  This was well-timed considering the whirlwind of changes that have occurred over the past year. The attendees were a good mix of asset managers, sponsors and vendors that led to some lively […]

One Platform To Rule Them All: How Consolidation Transforms Wealth Management Systems

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” — Norman Maclean, Author In the past decade, we have seen consolidation across a wide swatch of the technology landscape. Cars have merged with computers to be able to drive themselves, televisions have merged with the Internet to offer more entertainment choices and […]

Merrill Streamlines Their Platform To Deliver UMH for Clients

Last week, I was contacted by a reporter from FundFire looking for my comments on a new feature that Merrill Lynch has implemented as part of their $100 million platform consolidation project.  The project, called Merrill One, is replacing five other legacy programs, some of which have been running for over 25 years.  She was […]

Beyond the Style Box: SMAs and Model Portfolios

This is a summary of a panel discussion from the MMI 2013 Spring Convention held in NYC on April 22-24. Moderator: Mark Thomas, SVP, Head of Managed Accounts, PIMCO Panelists: Brian Bono, Chief Investment Strategist, Investment Strategy Unit, SEI Investment Company Russell W. Tipper, Director, Head of Third Party Platforms, Merrill Lynch Fred Gaskin, Managing […]

Why Haven’t Advisors Embraced Unified Managed Accounts?

This is an overview of a session from the MMI 2012 Tech & Ops Conference held in Jersey City, NJ. Moderator: Jay Link, Managing Director, Managed Solutions Group, Merrill Lynch Panelists: Andrew Clipper, Managing Director, Head of Wealth Management Services, NA, Citi John Capelli, Managing Director, COO, Managed Account Advisors, Merrill Lynch Rob Klapprodt, President […]