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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...

Client onboarding becomes even more of an advice firm challenge after mergers

July 3, 2019

As chief technology officer at my firm, probably the biggest challenge I face is the technological onboarding of sometimes massive numbers of new clients. Even at 26 years old, our advisory firm is still growing, having acquired or partnered...

Vestwell adds two female fintech leaders to its board

July 2, 2019

Lori Hardwick, one of the original partners of Envestnet and former BNY Mellon Pershing chief operating officer, is joining the board of directors of another advisor technology firm, digital retirement adviser Vestwell. Vestwell announced Tuesday...

Ask these cybersecurity questions

July 1, 2019

Every new digital tool a financial adviser adopts increases the firm's vulnerability to a cybersecurity attack, and many advisers aren't doing enough to ensure the third-party vendors they work with meet the highest security standards. About...

How 'high beam thinking' can help advisers adapt to a changing future

June 28, 2019

Technology innovation is happening faster than ever, and the pace is only speeding up. In order to keep up, advisers need to adopt what futurist Scott Klososky called "high beam thinking." Instead of thinking about technology disruption as linear...

Envestnet Tamarac expanding into wirehouses with Merrill partnership

June 27, 2019

Envestnet Tamarac is already immensely popular among registered investment advisers, but now the technology platform is going after bigger game in the wirehouse market. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is bringing Tamarac's performance reporting...

As AssetMark files for IPO, experts value TAMP at more than $1.2 billion

June 26, 2019

AssetMark could be the next financial services firm to jump into the public equity markets, according to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this week. The Concord, Calif.-based turnkey asset management platform, which...

Advisers have their sights set on these fintech tools

June 26, 2019

Financial professionals who are increasingly competing with online digital advice firms are looking for their own set of digital advancements: tools that highlight the benefit of the human advice to clients and notifications to help advisers...

5 important pieces of social media news

June 25, 2019

We're more than halfway to 2020, and while that in and of itself could be a fascinating topic for a different kind of column, I thought I would use this opportunity to round up some pretty important things going on across different social media...

Technology can help turn client conversations toward planning in next bear market

June 24, 2019

Unless you've been living under a trading desk since the early 2000s, you've heard all about the shift in wealth management away from investments toward comprehensive financial planning.​ Investment management is commoditized. Advisers today...

SEC advice rule brings tech focus back to compliance

June 21, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission's new reforms on financial advice could push firms to rethink how they invest in technology. Technology vendors say they've experienced a flurry of incoming questions from broker-dealers, registered investment...

Advisers investing in technology to prepare for possible recession, Schwab study finds

June 20, 2019

Financial advisers are worried about a potential downturn or recession and to prepare for the storm they are investing in technology, according to the latest Independent Advisor Outlook Study from Charles Schwab Advisor Services. Two-thirds...

Plaid offering investment account aggregation with Quovo technology

June 20, 2019

Plaid's $200 million aquisition of rival data aggregator Quovo is starting to bear fruit. Plaid announced a new application programming interface (API) on Tuesday that allows customers to pull data from investment accounts, including accounts...

3 ways to take your planning business to the next level

June 17, 2019

It's no secret that there's been a trend toward providing advice and planning. This has been a good development, reflecting not just evolutions in the regulatory world but the preferences of an increasing number of investors. For advisers who...

Two fintech firms providing tools for uber wealthy clients

June 17, 2019

The core idea behind a lot of adviser technology is to either improve service for current clients, or help a practice grow by making it more efficient. Often that means making it cost-effective to serve next-generation or mass affluent investors....

Betterment for Advisors debuts paperless ACATS system

June 17, 2019

Betterment wants to remove more paperwork from the day-to-day lives of financial advisers. The digital advice company is making the Automated Customer Account Transfer Service, or ACATS, completely paperless for financial advisers using Betterment...

Finra fines former Merrill rep $5,000 over outside crypto trading

June 14, 2019

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has fined former Merrill Lynch representative Kyung Soo Kim $5,000 and suspended him for one month for engaging in cryptocurrency trading at a firm he created outside Merrill Lynch that he did...

Cetera latest to be hit with data breach of personal information

June 13, 2019

Cetera Financial Group is the latest in a growing number of financial advice firms to be hit with a data breach, putting information for about 2,000 clients at risk. The firm confirmed the number of clients whose information was potentially...

Pershing introduces tool to help advisers choose best technology

June 13, 2019

Pershing has launched a new device to help investment advisers on its custodial platform choose the technology that best fits their businesses, the company announced Thursday. Called the tech assessment tool, it is designed to determine an adviser's...

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