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Got client passwords? That means custody to SEC

February 9, 2017

Custody rule provisions aimed at preventing another Bernie Madoff swindle are tripping up financial advisers who have clients' online account usernames and passwords. The adviser custody rule is one of five top areas in which Securities and...

Merrill Lynch debuts robo-platform for clients with at least $5,000 to invest

February 8, 2017

Another potential giant in the digital advice space launched on Wednesday with Merrill Lynch's robo-platform opening up for clients who have at least $5,000 to invest with the Bank of America unit. Merrill Edge Guided Investing offers digital...

Most advisers' cybersecurity training insufficient

February 7, 2017

Financial advisers should be spending about three times as much time training their staff each year on how to protect the firm and client data from cybersecurity dangers, experts said. About two-thirds of financial advisers spend two hours or...

Fiserv to offer robo to its adviser, bank clients

February 6, 2017

Fiserv will make the Marstone digital-advice platform available to the 13,000 financial institutions it works with, allowing advisory firms, banks and other institutions an opportunity to integrate a robo-advice strategy into their businesses,...

Getting a handle on robo-advisers' returns

February 5, 2017

Not all digital advice platforms are created equal. But which one ultimately serves your clients best will take a bit more time to tease out. A recent analysis by Condor Capital Management attempted to provide an early peek at winners and losers....

Big data for analyzing adviser businesses, clients part of TD's fintech strategy for 2017

February 2, 2017

TD Ameritrade Institutional will add new tools to its platform this year that employ big data to help financial advisers understand their businesses better and a dashboard to pinpoint where client service is lagging. The firm's open-access technology...

Betterment now offering human advice with its robo

January 31, 2017

Betterment is the latest digital financial advice firm to incorporate live planners into their business model, as the line between traditional and robo-advisers continues to blur. The New York-based firm has hired about a dozen financial advisers,...

Raymond James to deliver robo service for advisers by year end

January 30, 2017

Raymond James Financial will introduce a digital advice platform for advisers to use with clients by year end, though it still has no intention of providing direct robo advice to clients. Through its affiliated advisers' websites, clients will...

When it comes to investment returns, not all robos measure up

January 25, 2017

Just as no two financial advisory firms will provide a client the same results when it comes to investment performance, robo advisers vary greatly in performance for investors, a new analysis finds. Seeking to illustrate that the assumptions...

Fintechs producing cheaper, automated firm valuations for advisers

January 24, 2017

Financial advisers looking to figure out what their businesses are worth today now have automated tools they can enlist for help. Essentially they require the advisory firm to provide information about key financial parameters such as how much...

Young retirement robo ForUsAll scoring high employee participation rates

January 20, 2017

ForUsAll, a budding retirement robo-adviser launched by three former Financial Engines employees, is having more success convincing plan participants to save for their futures than the industry as a whole. Companies using the automated advice...

New cybersecurity regulation hits New York financial firms March 1

January 17, 2017

New cybersecurity rules for some financial services providers are set to take effect March 1 for firms doing business in New York, and the new requirements may be showing up around the nation before too long. The fairly prescriptive proposed...

Robos jumping into socially responsible investing space

January 11, 2017

Financial advisers who don't offer socially responsible investing choices are giving clients and prospects another reason to go robo. Several automated advice platforms have been created recently to pair ones' values with their investments,...

John Hancock picks robo for retirement accounts

January 10, 2017

John Hancock Retirement Plan Services will integrate NextCapital's digital 401(k) platform and begin offering its automated retirement plans and IRA rollovers over the next 12 months. NextCapital's robo-platform allows retirement plan participants...

RIAs find it easy to justify spending more on technology in 2017

December 27, 2016

Technology is a necessity in the modern financial advice industry, and not staying ahead of it is essentially the same as ignoring it altogether. “There is no way we will become robo advisers, but we have to create a digital experience because...

Ameriprise adviser's data breach offers cybersecurity lesson

December 20, 2016

Ameriprise Financial shut down the internet-connected backup drive its adviser was using to synchronize files from his office to his home as soon as it discovered client data was at risk earlier this month. The Minneapolis-based firm, which...

Fidelity's eMoney to hit record revenue in 2016

December 20, 2016

Changes that eMoney Advisor made to offer cheaper, less complex planning tools for some advisers early this year helped the fintech firm that's backed by Fidelity Investments achieve record revenue growth this year. That move, along with an...

Use of artificial intelligence technology in financial services to grow: report

December 19, 2016

Financial services firms are beginning to deploy artificial intelligence technologies to make themselves more efficient and better than their peers — and those without a strategy should develop one now, according to a new report. “It is...

Tools financial technology companies plan to bring advisers in 2017

December 16, 2016

Advisers wondering what their technology providers will offer next year will be happy to know that they're focused on the same thing that most advisers emphasize — the client. Many of the tools financial technology companies plan to deliver...

Financial advisers must adapt quickly to competition from robos to stay in business: CFP Board

December 15, 2016

Financial advisers and their firms will need to evolve over the next five years or they may face an inhospitable landscape where most clients' needs are met by digital advice platforms, a new report concludes. Although the precise impact that...

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