#ItzOnWealthTech Ep. 53: Can Sustainable UMAs Help Save the World?

"The upcoming transfer of wealth will make it difficult for a client to put their money into a mutual fund when they have embedded capital gains from the huge run-up in stocks like Apple, Google and Amazon. The advancement of UMA technology, combined with the transfer of wealth and increased volatility that we've seen over […]

3 Trends Helping UMAs Break Through $1 Trillion in Assets

Have unified managed accounts (UMAs) finally arrived? After almost two decades of hype, UMAs are on the precipice of an amazing feat. This most complex of managed accounts programs is finally going to eclipse $1 trillion in assets. According to data from Cerulli, by the end of Q1 2018 UMA assets reached $986 billion.  This […]

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Pershing Looks to Natixis to Help Them Catch Envestnet in UMA

Unified Managed Accounts (UMA) never achieved the expected market domination or lived up to the peak hype that existed before the financial crisis.  Now, it is just another managed account program, alongside Separately Managed Accounts (SMA), Mutual Fund Wrap (MFW), Rep-as-Advisor (RAA) and Rep-as-PM (RPM).  While UMA currently holds only around 12% of all advisory assets, according […]

TD Ameritrade National LINC

7 Key Trends from the TD Ameritrade Conference – Day 2

TD Ameritrade's annual advisor conference always provides an interesting glimpse into future trends in financial technology. The firm’s agnostic approach to technology means that its advisors have access to a wide variety of established and emerging solutions. National LINC 2016 brought a wide range informative and entertaining sessions.  Digital channels, social media and tech tips from […]

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Advisor-Managed Portfolios Knocked Out by Home Office Performance – Cerulli

"I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years." — Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett is probably the best known investor on the planet and the high priest of […]

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Can Client-Directed UMA's Help Defend Against Robo-Advisors?

"Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable." — William Pollard, Physicist The rate of change and innovation in the wealth management industry has been tremendous over the past few years. Technology-heavy, online registered investment advisors […]

One Platform To Rule Them All: How Consolidation Transforms Wealth Management Systems

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” — Norman Maclean, Author In the past decade, we have seen consolidation across a wide swatch of the technology landscape. Cars have merged with computers to be able to drive themselves, televisions have merged with the Internet to offer more entertainment choices and […]

The Top 10 WMToday Posts from 2014

At the end of every year, we compile a list of the most popular posts that were published on WM Today. It's a great way to look back on what happened this year, and an insight-packed view of what really resonates with our readers. 10. Going Mobile: Review of AssetMark’s New iPad App As part […]