#ItzOnWealthTech Ep. 55: Why Investors Are Getting Screwed by AUM Pricing with Anders Jones

“The real issue in this industry is a cost problem, the cost to service clients is just too high. Here you have 8 million people who’ve already opted into working with a human advisor, even though they’re getting screwed. And so for us, this is an enormous readily available market if we can open up […]

#ItzOnWealthTech Ep. 51: The Future of Enterprise Wealthtech Webinar

What do you get when you bring together five leaders from the largest wealth management technology vendors in the industry?  You get a webinar that is jam-packed with valuable information, thoughtful analysis and predictions for the future of enterprise wealthtech. Now hit the Play button! This episode of Wealth Management Today is brought to you […]

47 Portfolio Management Systems Can’t All Survive

Our danger is not too few, but too many options … to be puzzled by innumerable alternatives. — Sir Richard Livingstone, British Scholar Overchoice or choice overload[1] is a cognitive process in which people have a difficult time making a decision when faced with many options. The term was first introduced by Alvin Tofflerin his […]

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#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 29: Corralling Workflow Automation with Ray Mulligan, Impact Financial Systems

“We’re helping firms get away from stacks of paper with sticky notes that say ‘sign here’ and moving them to a fully digital rep transition process.” — Ray Mulligan, IFS Ray Mulligan brings more than 25 years of experience in consulting and financial services to IFS. As the company’s MD, Product Strategy, Ray manages product […]

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Diamond in the Rough: Orion Finds a Financial Planning Gem in Advizr

“The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.” ― Daniel Defoe, English writer Orion Advisor Tech (formerly Orion Advisor Services) announced that they are acquiring financial planning software vendor Advizr for an undisclosed amount. I sat down with Randy Lambert, president of […]

Vestmark Options Trading

Vestmark Adds Option Trading as Defense Against Robo-Advisors

The top five robo-advisors have attracted almost $200 billion in AUM and some projections say that this total could hit trillions in a few years. Wealth management firms are looking for ways to help their advisors differentiate themselves from the now ubiquitous robo solutions. As stated in Cerulli’s 2017 US Advisor Metrics Report, money management services are at […]

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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 […]

T3 Enterprise Conference

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 […]