Envestnet buys UMA Experts Placemark Investments for $66 Million

Last week, I was contacted by my new favorite reporter at FundFire, Danielle Verbrigghe (sorry Tom Stabile) who was writing an article about the purchase of Placemark Investments by Envestnet.  She wanted my view on the benefits of the acquisition to Envestnet as well as for the managers currently on Placemark's platform. Envestnet was already the […]

RIAs Take Advantage of Discretion to Launch UMAs and Improve Efficiency

This is a summary from a session of the MMI Tech and Ops Conference with a panel made up of Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs).  The discussions centered around the use of Unified Managed Accounts (UMAs) and the advantages of discretionary versus non-discretionary accounts. Moderator: Roger Paradiso, Director/CIO, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Panelists: Dan Sherman, […]

FundFire: Bank of Hawaii Launches $2B UMA Program

Article published on Fundfire on August 12, 2010 By Tom Stabile The Bank of Hawaii is the latest wealth management outfit to ride the unified managed account wave, unveiling a new program that opens the door to third-party separately managed account managers for the first time. The Honolulu-based bankexpects to shift more than $2 billion of its $6.6 billion in client assets over […]

The Pros & Cons of Overlay Portfolio Management Outsourcing

Excerpts from the 2009 MMI Technology & Operations Conference. The speaker for this session was Randy Bullard, Executive VP, Institutional Business Development, Placemark Investments. What is Overlay Management? Randy began by breaking down Overlay Portfolio Management (OPM) into two main components: Administrative/Operational Functions – Mostly accounting tasks such as simple asset class rebalancing, managing cash […]

A Conversation with Randy Bullard

Last week I had the opportunity to speak with Randy Bullard, Founder and EVP of Business Development at Placemark Investments.  I planned to ask him a series of detailed questions about his company's tax management and optimization services. Here is the list of topics I wanted to cover: Tax Aware Transition of Pre-Existing Securities Tax […]