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Not exactly a 10: New BlackBerry disappoints

January 31, 2013

Even Alicia Keys couldn't get investors excited about the debut of the newest BlackBerry. The smartphone maker formerly known as Research In Motion stumbled in its introduction of the BlackBerry 10 lineup yesterday, disappointing shareholders...

TD 2013 Live! TD No.1 at supporting third-party tech vendors

January 31, 2013

TD Ameritrade Inc. is, for a second year in a row, helping support innovation among third-party technology providers at its national conference. Veo Open Access partners, several of whom I've written about over the past two years, have micro-booths...

TD 2013 Live!: By overlooking security holes, advisers put clients at risk

January 30, 2013

Advisers are overlooking potentially huge holes in their data security. From having unsecured servers to using weak passwords, advisers could be putting clients at risk, according to several security experts speaking Wednesday at TD Ameritrade...

Morgan Stanley plans $500 million technology outlay

January 25, 2013

The kludge that has resulted from combining the technology platforms of Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney into a single system, known as 3D, will receive additional attention this year from the fully merged firm, which plans to spend $500 million...

Fascinating algorithms: Quantopian brings black-box trading to the masses

January 23, 2013

Those on The Street should be quaking in their Birkenstocks. Today, Quantopian was launched. It is the first browser-based algorithmic trading platform for…anyone really. Anyone with the math chops and knowledge of finance to take advantage...

Pardon the disruption: Online advice a growing threat

January 20, 2013

Internet-based advisory firms aren't much of a concern for most traditional fee-based financial advisers. But they are for Ric Edelman. The chief executive of The Edelman Financial Group, which manages more than $9 billion in assets, thinks...

iPad tool provides stock research

January 20, 2013

Many financial advisers have asked me about my favorite iPad applications. First, advisers are interested in the fun or exotic. Then we briefly shift to office productivity apps. But quickly, the subject changes to core work-related apps. That...

Embrace change — or be its victim

January 20, 2013

Financial advisers, beware. Change — probably change of the gut-churning, soul- searing variety — is coming. The question that all advisers — in fact, every company associated with the advice business — should be asking is whether they...

Technology entices talent

January 20, 2013

Any broker entertaining thoughts of leaving a wirehouse always looks to see how green the grass is on the independent side before hopping the fence. For years, it seemed that even the technology enthusiasts among the indie adviser wannabes focused...

Forget the cave — advisers now have easier way to store clients' gold

January 17, 2013

When I write about storage, a hard drive is usually involved. But not today. On Wednesday, Gold Bullion International LLC announced the launch of GBI Advisors, a product which enables advisers to purchase and store gold and precious metals for...

How bucket shops got America into the stock market

January 11, 2013

Today, more than half of American families own stock, up from about 5 percent at the turn of the 20th century. Thanks to the Internet and smartphones, investors today can place trades instantly from almost anywhere. But widespread access to...

Does a blog equate to “blah, blah, blah”?

January 9, 2013

The following is being republished with permission from Commonwealth Financial Network's Adviser Technology Buzz blog. To read more from that blog, click here The above title is an interesting question for my first official blog post. For years,...

LPL lands another big IT exec

January 7, 2013

LPL is staffing up its technology and operations roster. The firm announced today that Donie Lochan has joined the company as an executive vice president. He will head up several critical teams within LPL's Business Technology Services unit....

A private-placement matchmaker

January 6, 2013

InvestmentNews often writes about private placements gone bad, but the fact is, the asset class represents a big and growing market that can benefit many investors. Indeed, financial advisers at large registered investment advisers and those...

Zohar is back, joins inStream

December 21, 2012

Someone I have a lot of respect for in the industry and that I have missed the last few months has returned. Zohar Swaine, formerly managing director of product and strategy at TD Ameritrade Institutional, has joined inStream Solutions LLC as...

Utah legislator targets online broker records

December 21, 2012

A Utah state senator is going to bat for investment brokers who have been the subject of enforcement actions by the state securities regulator and now say their reputations are suffering because the information is available online. Sen. Howard...

Hide 'em — all those LinkedIn 'endorsements,' that is

December 18, 2012

Advisers, you can now hide all your endorsements with one click on LinkedIn. I am not going to tell you whether you should or not, all my social media consultant friends have been writing about that a lot lately. What I am telling you is that...

Cheap stocking stuffers for business users of the iPad

December 16, 2012

So you bought yourself an iPad or are planning to this holiday season. Financial advisers who plan to use their iPads for work while traveling probably will want two things sooner rather than later: a physical keyboard and an office productivity...

New tech lead at LPL Financial

December 13, 2012

LPL Financial LLC has hired a new technology leader. The firm announced Thursday the appointment of Victor Fetter as both chief information officer and managing director of the company's Business Technology Services unit. He will be based in...

HTML5 & AllianceBernstein's iPad app

December 10, 2012

I promised a blog post that expanded on some of the threads I began in my column this week (Dec. 10) and here it is. First, a definition of HTML5, or, rather an explanation. Think of this fifth revision of the hypertext markup language as a...

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