#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 7: Best Practices in Broker-Dealer Technology with Aaron Spradlin & Billy Oliverio from United Planners

“We were able to speed up our development and delivery of solutions to our advisors by not trying to be the center of the universe, which is where a lot of broker-dealers were spending a lot of money.” — Aaron Spradlin Aaron Spradlin is the Chief Information Officer at United Planners Financial Services. He received […]

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Charles Schwab’s Crystal Ball Sees Less Technology in the Future for Custodians

“What senses do we lack that we cannot see or hear another world all around us?” ― Frank Herbert, Dune Successful business leaders usually see the world differently from everyone else. They’re visionaries who are able to perceive that the world is changing before most other people and they take action to get ahead of […]

#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 1: Joel Bruckenstein’s highlights from the T3 Advisor Conference

“Our industry is still evolving.  The entrepreneurs and innovators can’t just rest on their laurels. When they see an opportunity to do something exciting they just want to jump on it.” — Joel Bruckenstein Joel Bruckenstein, CFP® (@fintechie) is publisher of the T3 Tech Hub and the producer of the Technology Tools for Today (T3) […]

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We Built The Technology, But Advisors Didn't Come

“When advisors see great technology, they want it. We build it, but they don’t really use it.” — Dean Zayed, CEO and Founder of Brookstone Capital Management Unlike the mysterious voice from the Kevin Costner movie Field of Dreams that said, “if you build it, they will come”, financial advisors do not always embrace new […]

6 Observations on the BlackRock-Envestnet Deal & 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 […]

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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 […]

3 Reasons Why Model Marketplaces Are Taking 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 […]