#ItzOnWealthTech Ep. 46: The Mad Rush into Digital Advice with Bill Capuzzi

“The popular belief was that when the next downturn hit, everyone was going to run away from robo advisors, run away from fintechs because there was no one to call. And very quietly over the course of the last two years, these firms have been able to digitally connect with their constituents.” –Bill Capuzzi, CEO, […]

#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 5: Taking Risks as a Woman in Wealthtech with Cheryl Nash

“As a woman in the industry I’ve been able to make a difference, but it hasn’t always been easy.” — Cheryl Nash Cheryl Nash is the President of Fiserv Investment Services, the leader in financial services technology solutions serving the Managed Accounts and Global Institutional markets. Fiserv Wealth Management Solutions enables them to increase revenue, […]

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Acorns: We’re Not Just Gathering Assets, We’re Building a Brand

“Acorns is not in the asset accumulation business. We are building a consumer brand that sells financial products.” — Manning Field, Chief Commercial Officer, Acorns Some companies have a mission statement and some have a corporate vision while others have both. At Acorns, the micro-investing app, they have a mantra. Inspired by the mighty oak […]

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Why Technology Cannot Replace Likability for Advisors: Josh Brown Ritholtz

It seems that financial advisors are under assault from all sides.  From industry behemoths like Vanguard, who can give away advice while capturing product fees on $100 billion in assets, to digital RIAs (formerly called robo-advisors) that spend VC cash on marketing like Philadelphia Eagles players spraying Champagne after winning the Super Bowl. Software algorithms […]

What If RoboAdvisors Gave Away Financial Planning?

Bill Gates made a splash recently with a controversial statement about how to deal with the impact of technology on the job market.  He proposed a new tax on companies that install robots to replace human workers.  His logic is that a tax will reduce the pace of automation and the money raised would be used for retraining […]

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Riskalyze Expands Beyond Profiling to Become a TAMP Supermarket

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 […]

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Acorns vs. Stash: Why Micro-Savings Apps Are The Wave of the Future

One of the amazing aspects of innovation is how different people can approach the exact same problem from completely different angles.  The social media has seen hundreds of startups including recent popular apps such as Viber (voice calls), Periscope (video streaming) and Snapchat (disappearing photos that has filed for an IPO at a valuation of $25 billion), whose founders all […]

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Rogue 4-0 One: Can Robo-Platform Vestwell Help Advisors Defeat The Retirement Deathstar?

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… It was thought that when 401(k) plans were introduced to the universe, they would be a rebellious solution to fight the decline of company-sponsored pension plans. However, the numbers are in and they don’t look good for our heroes. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, only […]