#ItzOnWealthTech Ep. 50: Why Advisors Should Love Regulation with Ian McKenna

"Regulation is a catalyst for innovation, not a restriction on it. In order to deliver on tighter regulations, invariably you need more technology. Regulation drives the demand for technology and and moves the industry forward in a very positive way." — Ian McKenna, Founder & Director, Financial Technology Research Centre (FTRC) After 15 years working […]

Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop: After Motif Closes, Which Roboadvisors Will Survive?

"Success is 10% strategy and 90% execution." — Karl Moore, Professor, Strategy & Organization, McGill University We've all heard the old adage that success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration or some similar combination. Everything I've ever read about successful businesses backs up this ratio. One successful entrepreneur went so far as to say that […]

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Can The Power of the Crowd Disrupt Financial Advice?

The uncanny accuracy of crowdsourcing has been well-documented by both government and private research.  The ability of average people to predict the likelihood of future events when their insights are aggregated together outstrips the results of even the best professional analysts. Two startups want to harness the power of the crowd to disrupt investing and possibly the entire […]

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InVest 2015 Conference: Fast Twitter Recap – Day 1

This is my summary of day 1 of the In|Vest 2015 Conference.  This is the first year for this conference and they are targeting a wide audience, at least beyond what I see at other wealth management events. Their goal was to bring together traditional wealth management firms, retail and private banks with enterprise technology and service providers, digital advisory and […]

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Pershing Plans a Robo-Advisor White Label Product — Yip

The woman from the public relations had scheduled a meeting for me with Patrick Yip, Director of Advisory Market Technology Strategy at Pershing LLC. since we would both be at the Technology Tools for Today (T3) Conference in Dallas.  Yip was looking to talk about some new technology initiatives undertaken by Pershing and their parent, the […]