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Latest ranking of the robos still ruffling feathers

August 30, 2018

With the goal of becoming the go-to resource on digital advice platforms, Backend Benchmarking has a new report that ranks 10 of the largest robo advisers. The research firm is best known for its quarterly "Robo Report," which analyzes the allocation...

Secrets Behind Success: Firms that strategically build capacity are elevating their growth trajectory

August 30, 2018

If you build it, they will come. This familiar phrase may have been adapted from a 30-year-old sports film (Field of Dreams), but it has become the fierce rallying cry for every forward-thinking business person who has dared to invest in staff...

Estimating the impact of early retirement on Social Security benefits

August 29, 2018

One of the most common questions I receive from financial advisers concerns the impact of early retirement on future Social Security benefits. They wonder if the estimated benefits statement that their clients receive accurately portrays future...

Is Orion building a financial planning tool?

August 28, 2018

Orion Advisor Services is boosting its presentation and client portal tools with two new partnerships with client-facing technology providers. The first partnership, announced Monday, adds investment analytics and Monte Carlo simulations from...

How to offer the ideal hybrid digital adviser

August 27, 2018

The digital era of financial advice is so new that the landscape is still largely uncharted for many firms. While there are some success stories, there isn't really an authoritative road map on how to best implement a digital advice strategy....

Google's move into cybersecurity would be a win for advisers

August 24, 2018

Amazon may have its sights set on financial services (or maybe not), but Google is more interested in tackling cybersecurity. X, the division of Google parent company Alphabet that is dedicated to "moon shot" technology ideas, is sharing details...

Adoption is the new innovation

August 24, 2018

In my last column, I ruminated about the number of fintech products flooding the adviser market and wondered how anyone could evaluate — let alone select — from among the vast array. I shared the poignant slide from Michael Kitces showing...

To delete, or not to delete: That is the social media question

August 23, 2018

Let me be honest. Few things get me more hot under the collar than talk of deleting posts on social media. I've been a social media professional for 11 years now, and if you ask anyone I've worked with you'll likely hear stories of times I've...

Advisers can use online info to learn more about prospects — but should they?

August 22, 2018

When you shop online, your web browser tracks your Google searches and which products you click so it can automatically show you ads for related items you may be interested in. Amazon has a similar strategy to provide product recommendations,...

What advisers think of JPMorgan's new mobile investing app

August 22, 2018

JPMorgan Chase & Co. made waves Tuesday when it introduced You Invest, a mobile brokerage app launching next week with free and discounted trading for retail investors. The news was a direct shot at discount brokerages. Shares of Charles Schwab,...

How a hacker led to Finra censuring and fining a broker-dealer

August 20, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has censured Buttonwood Partners and fined the small, Madison, Wis.-based broker-dealer $50,000 for having inadequate procedures in place to prevent unauthorized transfers from customers' accounts....

When it comes to regulating AI in financial services, murky waters are ahead

August 17, 2018

Amid all the excitement about the potential uses of artificial intelligence in financial advice, there is still a lot of uncertainty about how this new technology will fit into the existing regulatory framework governing financial services firms....

Cerulli to take over MMI's data platform

August 16, 2018

Cerulli Associates, the Boston-based research firm, will be taking over the investment advisory solutions data platform of the Money Management Institute, the two said in a press release. The transition, which will occur over the next several...

Ladenburg platform to help IBDs with succession planning, acquisitions

August 16, 2018

Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services has a new suite of services and digital tools to help advisers across its subsidiary broker-dealers with succession, continuity and acquisition planning. The platform is part of an ongoing effort by the...

'Billions' star Maggie Siff touts Betterment in new ad campaign

August 15, 2018

Betterment has a new advertising campaign that employes the talents of actress Maggie Siff, who currently plays psychiatrist Wendy Rhoades on the Showtime series "Billions." In the 30-second TV spots, Ms. Rhoades tells investors, "Don't settle...

Fintech goes international to find top tech talent

August 14, 2018

Kendrick Wakeman was having trouble hiring technology talent for FinMason, his growing risk tolerance turned investment analytics technology startup. Affording top software engineers wasn't the problem. It was convincing them to come to work...

Allianz Life joins Envestnet digital annuities marketplace

August 13, 2018

Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America is the second insurance carrier to join the Envestnet Insurance Exchange. Allianz Life announced Monday that it will make its entire portfolio of annuities, including advisory- and commission-based...

Trading apps expose investors to cybercriminals, report finds

August 10, 2018

Dozens of applications used for online trading by retail investors have cybersecurity vulnerabilities, some of which could lead to hackers siphoning funds from account holders, according to security consultant IOActive Inc. Ten of the 80 applications...

Technology aiding firms in adopting financial planning offerings

August 10, 2018

Market forces — like shifting demographics, consumer demand and regulation — are making financial planning an imperative for firms across the wealth management industry. As a result, financial planning technology is quickly becoming the...

Find success with an organized social media strategy

August 9, 2018

If financial advisers agree social media is no longer an optional part of their business, it's time to start checking out some of the tools employed by the internet's "power users." A good place to start is something that can help organize the...

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