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Two of the most widely-used adviser fintechs you've never heard of

July 29, 2019

Financial advice requires boatloads of paperwork, but two little known fintech firms have been working for 20 years to make it easier. They likely are the most widely used adviser technology firms in the market — even if most advisers don't...

Young adviser's focus on 'joy, security, confidence' resonates with millennials

July 24, 2019

Sophia Bera wants to make something crystal clear: She is not your father's financial planner. That's Ms. Bera's marketing tagline, and evidence of it is all over the 35-year-old's website. There's the personal brand on display at her company,...

Self-reliance is essential, but it could be your downfall

July 23, 2019

I started out as a commission-based salesperson at a national financial services firm. It was the best bad thing that ever happened to me. (I'll explain why in a moment.) That firm sold me (and 20 others) on the money I could make and provided...

Morgan Stanley launches 'digital vault' platform for clients

July 22, 2019

In a move to increase cybersecurity, Morgan Stanley has launched a digital collaboration tool that permits encrypted cloud-based document storage and sharing between clients and their adviser. (More:​ Envestnet adds easier document storage...

If you aren't asking tough questions, you aren't doing your job

July 22, 2019

As fiduciaries, it's our job to push clients to think about uncomfortable aspects of their lives. To name a few: discussions around retirement and death, providing feedback on spending, estate planning, gifting to family members — or saying...

How do advisers estimate a client's longevity?

July 18, 2019

Estimating how long a client will live is an inherently challenging, yet critical task for financial advisers. Lifespan is at the heart of every financial plan, and a misstep could mean the difference between clients' financial security and...

Carson Group names leaders for adviser and consumer operations

July 17, 2019

The Carson Group has elevated two executives to serve as co-presidents, with one heading the firm's adviser-oriented efforts and the other its consumer-oriented business. (More:​ InvestmentNews 40 Under 40 2019: Aaron Schaben) Aaron Schaben,...

What to copy from Personal Capital's client experience

July 17, 2019

The rise of robo-advisers like Betterment and Wealthfront lit a fire under traditional advice firms to start modernizing their technologies to improve the client experience. Personal Capital may not be the largest of such firms but it's the...

Making the future of financial advice as effortless as Uber will be no easy ride

July 16, 2019

What does the future of financial advice look like? For many industry leaders, it's making financial planning and investment management as easy as shopping on Amazon, ordering a ride on Uber or streaming a movie on Netflix. But getting there...

Ritholtz Wealth launches Betterment-powered robo advice platform

July 15, 2019

Ritholtz Wealth Management is relaunching its digital advice product, Liftoff, using Betterment for Advisors. For Betterment, which typically keeps details about its for-advisers product close to the vest, it's a big get — if not in terms...

Branding tips for financial advisers looking to grow

July 15, 2019

Financial advisers who seek to develop a growing and sustainable business should be deliberate about creating brands that resonate with the type of clients they're aiming to attract, industry experts said. "It's incredibly important that financial...

Texting your clients? Read this first

July 15, 2019

Are you texting your clients? Do clients text you? Are you sure you know the answers to these questions when it comes to your staff? If you haven't added texting as a component of your firm's communications mix, perhaps it's because you believe...

Orion Advisor Services acquires Advizr financial planning

July 11, 2019

As Orion Advisor Services continues expanding beyond its origin of portfolio accounting software and towards a full adviser technology hub, the company has acquired financial planning company Advizr. Beginning next month, advisers using Orion...

To convert or not to convert portfolio reporting technology

July 10, 2019

One of the more important business decisions underpinning a successful advisory practice is the selection of a portfolio reporting platform. If the decision isn't properly researched, a platform that doesn't meet expectations could prove to...

What the end of iTunes teaches us about winning new clients

July 9, 2019

When Apple launched iTunes 18 years ago, it rapidly became a category killer, reshaping music sales and demolishing compact discs, music retailers and the music libraries that many of us had collected. Yet now the once-domineering music pioneer...

When clients survive a mass shooting

July 9, 2019

A spray of bullets. A chorus of screams. Blaring sirens. Another mass shooting. This scenario is becoming all too familiar, with gunmen taking lives in workplaces, churches, and schools across the country. Increasingly, advisers have clients...

Adviser opportunities in the gig economy

July 9, 2019

Some industry experts expect consumers will increasingly earn income from nontraditional, un-salaried jobs and believe advisers stand to benefit from this so-called "gig economy." As Fidelity Labs vice president Kim Langway recently explained...

What advisers need to know about working with student loan debt

July 9, 2019

The issue of student debt isn't going away. Congress has introduced multiple bills addressing student loans, and early leaders in the Democratic primary race have made student debt a campaign cornerstone. It's also an increasing part of how...

A higher standard of client care

July 8, 2019

The financial services profession is about more than just numbers. It's about helping people navigate life's complexities. Financial advisers serve an important role as their clients prepare for milestones. So it's no surprise that the client-adviser...

Client longevity is advisers' top retirement planning concern

July 8, 2019

Individuals who pay for financial advice generally are feeling positive about their ability to prepare for their post-working days. Nearly all (87%) feel "knowledgeable and educated when it comes to planning for retirement," and most (80%) believe...

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