Is BlackRock-Envestnet Deal a Tipping Point for Lite Financial Planning?

What’s the best way to get financial planning functionality into the hands of more advisors? Standalone  applications, like MoneyGuide Pro and eMoney Advisor, or “lite”financial planning functionality built directly into wealth management platforms? This tug-of-war has been going on for the past few years and it looks as though we might have reached a tipping point. BlackRock […]

Orion Advisor Services

Beam Me Up, Scotty! Orion Enterprise Warps Into a Next Generation TAMP

When I first heard the news that NorthStar Financial was acquiring FTJ FundChoice (“FTJ”) and merging it with their subsidiary, Orion Advisor Services, I thought it was a terrific move.  Orion had been slowly moving up the value chain and pitching to larger clients, like broker-dealers and banks, but losing them to market leader Envestnet.  The addition […]

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10 Towering Testaments from the T3 Enterprise Conference

The high rollers were out, in Las Vegas last week, laying down their bets and placing wagers on contestants in high stakes games. Except these players were going all in on wealth management technology at the T3 Enterprise Conference, which was held for the second year in a row at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. #T32018It is going to […]

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 […]

Orion Advisor Conference

Orion Advisor Conference 5-Minute Summary

Back when Orion Advisor Services’ CEO Eric Clark was still working for his father’s RIA, I’ll bet he never imagined that one day he would be on stage in front of 700+ clients, partners and staff of his own company. And on his birthday, to top it all off. Yet this very scenario played itself […]

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You'll Want to Know These 7 Takeaways from the T3 Advisor Conference

Industry focus. Relentless focus on gathering knowledge. A burning desire to stay up-to-date on the latest technology trends in wealth management. These are all of the reasons that I spent the week in Fort Lauderdale attending the T3 Advisor Conference and did not go home early to be at the Eagles Super Bowl Parade. Forty years […]

Model Marketplace

5 Retail Model Marketplaces Struggle for Advisor Assets

This article is the second in our series on the tools and technologies that help connect asset managers to their distribution networks. Whether they are called hubs, exchanges or marketplaces they have a wide variety of functionality and business models and they all share one key feature; ability to transmit managers’ investment models to sponsor […]

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Orion Advisor Tries to Eclipse the Competition With New Portfolio Rebalancer

Back in the early 1990’s, when software was still delivered on floppy disks, it was common for software to be sold as separate applications, with each one costing hundreds of dollars each.  They didn’t communicate with each other and their user interfaces were often completely different. But then, Microsoft, which was just getting a handle […]

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Can Oranj + TradeWarrior Compete With The RIA Big Boys Now

It is a great time to be an independent RIA.  At least when it comes to technology.  There seems to be an endless supply of tools for automating, optimizing and generally improving the efficiency of an advisory firm’s operations. This is especially true in what we like to call the robo-platform or digital advice space.  Innovative companies […]

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Riskalyze Launches TAMP Aggregator at T3 Conference

The waiting is over.  And we didn’t have to wait all that long.  We finally know what Riskalyze CEO Aaron Klein did with the $20 million in Series A funding the firm raised last October. They built their own Turnkey Asset Management Platform (TAMP). The reveal occurred at last week’s T3 Advisor Conference in Los Angeles, CA.  Klein kicked […]