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Encrypting emails, files for clients is crucial, but not always followed

July 14, 2016

Encrypting emails and shared files is one of the best bets for securing clients' sensitive information, yet not all advisers are taking the initiative. Regulators require advisory firms to securely manage their clients' information, though not...

Legg Mason acquires 82% stake in robo-adviser Financial Guard

July 7, 2016

Legg Mason, an asset manager with $718 billion under management, acquired an 82% equity interest in a robo-adviser called Financial Guard. The firm plans to offer the digital advice platform, which will fall under the company's alternative distribution...

Why financial advisers should focus on readiness before growth

June 30, 2016

It seems that the goal of every advisory firm is growth. Whether the objective is greater AUM or more revenue, growth is the most sought-after attribute. Yet, is it right to focus on growth before readiness? Growth can come through passive or...

TIAA acquires business-to-business robo-adviser MyVest

June 30, 2016

TIAA, a financial services firm focused on the educational sector, has acquired business-to-business robo-adviser MyVest. The purchase is aimed at helping TIAA, which has $861 billion in assets under management, to reach clients who prefer to...

Betterment's move to halt trading following Brexit vote sparks controversy

June 28, 2016

Betterment, the leading independent robo-adviser, pulled a Wizard of Oz moment on Friday when it decided to delay trading for two and a half hours to protect investors from market volatility following the shocking Brexit vote. The suspension,...

Betterment, Wealthfront among fintech leaders at White House tech summit

June 20, 2016

Financial technology executives, including top brass at Betterment, Wealthfront and Paypal, met with government agencies during a private fintech summit at the White House earlier this month. The White House wanted to tap into the minds and...

Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb tells advisers to embrace robos or fall behind

June 16, 2016

The Vanguard Group has a message for financial advisers: Stop resisting the robo-advice movement and instead, run toward it with gusto. Speaking Wednesday in Chicago at the Morningstar conference, Vanguard chief executive William McNabb said...

Beating robo-advisers at their own game

June 15, 2016

I'm attending the Morningstar Investment Conference in Chicago, beginning with a panel titled "Adviser technology: incorporating the latest tools into your practice." Moderated by technology expert Joel Bruckenstein, panelists James Dowd of...

Former FDIC chairwoman Sheila Bair joins retirement robo's advisory board

June 14, 2016

Sheila Bair, former FDIC chair under President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush, has joined retirement robo-adviser Blooom as its first advisory board member. Blooom, which has $300 million in assets under management, hopes to...

The debate of free versus fee for robo-advisers

June 9, 2016

The impact robo-advisers are having on investment advice is not up for debate, but their worth is. Online brokerage company ETrade announced earlier this week it was coming out with its own service, Adaptive Portfolio, that offers a hybrid of...

Digital advice is poised to become the apple of asset managers' eyes

June 2, 2016

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule is going to force asset managers to turn to digital advice, by buying or partnering with a robo-adviser or finding ways to get on the investment product line-up. Because the fiduciary rule forces financial...

American Funds' platform puts target-date funds under a microscope

June 1, 2016

American Funds is offering financial advisers a tool for evaluating target-date funds that adheres to the guidance from the Department of Labor. The Target Date ProView platform uses Morningstar data to evaluate all 57 target-date fund series....

Don't fear the robo: Some millennials like working with human financial advisers

May 27, 2016

New research suggests that some tech-crazy millennial investors are moving beyond the robos to work closely with human financial advisers. Phoenix Marketing International calls them Active Wealth Millennials, a group with a minimum $100,000...

3 apps to help advisers stay on task while traveling

May 26, 2016

As a road warrior, I use a lot of technology. For convenience, there's nothing better than my iPhone and iPad. (I also have my laptop in case I need it.) The fact that they're lightweight, instant-starting and multifunctional make these my most-used...

SigFig raises $40 million in funding, led by Eaton Vance, asserting industry interest in robo-advisers

May 24, 2016

San Francisco-based robo-adviser SigFig raised $40 million in funding, led by Eaton Vance and contributions from institutions across the industry, the online investment firm said on Tuesday. The extra capital includes $33 million in equity financing,and...

Top robo-advisers Betterment and Wealthfront more weighted toward stocks than bonds, research says

May 23, 2016

Betterment and Wealthfront, the two leading independent robo-advisers, strongly focus their portfolios on equities and are underweight bonds, according to Convergex research. Portfolio construction for two types of profiles — a 22-year-old...

Adviser trade groups tap tech vendors as an extra perk for members

May 17, 2016

Non-profit organizations in the industry boast numerous ways advisers can build their practices, such as solid networking opportunities and extensive conferences, but members often overlook the technology perks they can get with various vendor...

3 email marketing systems that won't break the bank

May 17, 2016

Email marketing can be a great way for financial advisers to reach new prospects. In fact, a recent study conducted by MailChimp indicated that 74% of marketers expect their email to produce a positive return on investment. However, to realize...

Next hot thing in 529 college savings plans? Robo-advice

May 12, 2016

Twenty years after Section 529 plans were created to help families save tax-free for the high costs of college, the industry is poised to welcome a new player: the robo-adviser. Digital advice providers are predicted to be the next platform...

The DOL fiduciary rule will forever change financial advice, and the industry has to adapt

May 9, 2016

Americans won hard-fought protections regarding the purity of their retirement advice last month. Now it's up to the nation's financial advisers to decide whether they'll meet the letter — and spirit — of the historic investor protection...

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