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April 22, 2020
As global investors observe the value of their retirement savings plummeting and as tens of millions face sudden unemployment, how should the retirement industry be supporting its customers through communications and other services, especially for investors who lack ongoing access to a financial advisor? For most of the roughly half of U.S. workers who have a retirement account, the primary...
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Sophie Schmitt
December 12, 2019
The RIA market is one of the fastest-growing industry segments in the wealth management market in the United States (see Aite Group’s New Realties report). The RIA market growth has outpaced any other full-service business model for over a decade now. The fee-based nature of the RIA space paired with a fiduciary standard of care has made this market segment very attractive for breakaway brokers (...
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Alois Pirker
October 3, 2019
In the last 48 hours, three of the four largest discount brokerages have cut their commission charges on trades to zero. Combined, Charles Schwab (who commenced the expedition to zero), TD Ameritrade, and E-Trade have US$2.35 trillion retail client assets and over 28 million brokerage accounts. Thus, the switch to zero commission by these three firms enables the majority of U.S.-based clients...
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Eric Sandrib
June 4, 2018
TD Ameritrade launched a third tier in its client advice offering, giving investors access to a large array of model portfolios, advisors, and portfolio consultants to help construct investments that meet their goals. The new offering is called Personalized Portfolios and will give clients immediate access to a portfolio consultant who can construct highly tailored individual investments from...
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Greg O'Gara
September 22, 2017
On this year’s FinovateFall stage, over 70 firms gave a seven-minute demo, of which over 15 firms touted data security tools and some 14 firms boasted data science expertise within banking or capital markets settings. After the JPMorgan and Equifax hacks, it seems that no client data is impregnable and that future data breaches are limited by the appetite of hackers. Financial institutions’ hope...
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Javier Paz
February 22, 2017
Blockchain technology (aka chaintech) applied to capital markets has been lauded as the next big thing in database management and ridiculed as vaporware, depending on who one asks. The “in operation” test, meaning real actors and real assets transacting on a blockchain, is a decade away according to the skeptics. But news out yesterday by Northern Trust and IBM suggests that this far, far...
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Javier Paz
February 22, 2017
With the departure of Forex Capital Markets (FXCM) from the U.S., leadership change, etc., financial reporters far and wide are asking for perspective on these events. Some go as far as probing whether this is the end for the U.S. retail foreign exchange (FX) industry—to which I say, no, it isn’t the death of retail FX in the U.S. since there are still three authorized brokers (Gain Capital,...
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Javier Paz
October 17, 2016
For all their troubles going about alpha generation, algorithmic traders get remarkable little respect these days. Last week while I was attending The Trading Show in New York, a select group of quant-oriented, buy-side participants and fintech enablers debated the limits of traditional computers in financial research and, conversely, of quantum computing’s promise. Many of these investors chase...
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Javier Paz
July 5, 2016
Just two years ago, “robo” models on the market included over a dozen direct-to-client models (e.g., Wealthfront, Betterment, Personal Capital). Despite the enthusiasm surrounding robos by wealth managers and even a small pocket of clients, they were lacking the institutional buy-in needed to achieve scale. That changed in October 2014. Fidelity broke new ground when it formed a partnership with...
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William Boland
June 30, 2016
Summer doldrums give analysts inspiration to reflect on what’s hot—no pun intended—in the wealth management marketplace. FinovateSpring 2016 took place May 10th and 11th and certainly provided fodder and put some firms on the map and—since then—was the catalyst for a deeper dive into what wealth management startups and incumbents are up to these days. Yes, the robo-advisor trend...
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Javier Paz

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