Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop: After Motif Closes, Which Roboadvisors Will Survive?

"Success is 10% strategy and 90% execution." — Karl Moore, Professor, Strategy & Organization, McGill University We've all heard the old adage that success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration or some similar combination. Everything I've ever read about successful businesses backs up this ratio. One successful entrepreneur went so far as to say that […]

#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, […]

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Everything You Missed from the InvestWest Conference 2019

There's something to be said for holding a conference in the Bay Area. It's much easier for the best and brightest of Silicon Valley to stop by and share a few words of wisdom.  This was the second year of the Invest West Conference and it didn't disappoint with wealth management industry stars such as Wealthfront's CEO […]

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#ItzOnWealthTech Ep 22: The Third Wave of Digital Advice with Margaret Hartigan, CEO of Marstone

"Digital wealth has to be one leg of the digital strategy a bank might have. So it's going to be payments, it's going to be mobiles, it's going to be banking, and it's going to be wealth management. They have to be coordinated together, because it has to be driven according to the expectations and […]

WealthSimple Tries to Breakout of the Canadian Market with $100 Million from Allianz

"There is no Vanguard or Schwab here [in Canada]. We are the ones gobbling up the industry assets." — Michael Katchen, CEO, WealthSimple In the U.S., Vanguard owns the digital advice market with their Personal Advisor Services hybrid solution. But up in the Great White North, it is a five-year-old robo-advisor called WealthSimple that is […]

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HNW Clients Are Driving Banks to Expand Digital Advice Solutions

As much as the previous business cycle in retail banking was marked by an unsustainable consumer credit explosion, the current one will be shaped by digital. This will include increased changes in payments and a wider metamorphosis in systems enabled by digital technologies. There is an immediate need for action. According to a report by […]

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Are There Too Many Roboadvisors? with Michael Kitces

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with industry guru and all-around nice guy, Michael Kitces. Our discussion was focused on trends in advisor technology, which meant that the subject of roboadvisors had to be covered at some point. You can watch the video using the link below, or read the transcript that follows. Are There Too Many […]

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 […]