By Leesy Palmer/Impact Communications
Now in its 16th year, the T3 Technology Tools for Today Conference has become the leading practice management and technology conference for independent and hybrid financial advisors. Produced by FinTech expert, Joel Bruckenstein and friends on an annual basis, advisors who participated at the Denton (Dallas), Texas Convention Center (January 29 – February 1, 2019) were privy to timely information and insights on how to build a more efficient and profitable business.
Current and prospective clients expect a modern, collaborative experience. If advisors are not thinking ahead and living up to the clients’ expectations, they may be losing business to competitors who have carefully tailored their firm’s service delivery using the best digital tools to not only reassure but impress and even delight. Bottom line: The right technology can help advisors attract and retain the right clients, bond with strategic partners, and create a more seamless process.
Here are two videos that summarize some of the activities on opening day, January 29, and the first full day of conference presentations on January 30. Carolyn Victoria of TradePMR, a technology and custodial solution for financial advisors, volunteered to interview conference attendees and get their insights while onsite.
Day 1 – January 29, 2019: https://vimeo.com/314239889
Day 2 – January 30, 2019: https://vimeo.com/314540014
The annual t3 conferences have become a place where news is made and news is announced. Here is a summary of announcements as of January 30. Additional news and announcements are available at www.t3technologyhub.com.
NEWS FROM THE T3 TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Today at the 2019 T3 Advisor Conference, Wells Fargo Advisors announced a new service aimed at supporting advisors who want to become fee-only Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs). The new custody service is being offered through its subsidiary First Clearing. The service is designed to provide financial advisors another option to own and grow their business and customize offerings with middle-office support from TradePMR.
Today as the 16th annual T3 Technology Conference for Financial Advisors commenced in Denton, Texas, cleverDome, Inc.™, a B-Corporation that provides a community-driven solution to protect confidential consumer information by taking that information “Under the Dome”TM (i.e. secure and off the open Internet), announced that registered investment advisors using certain software solutions can sign up to come “Under the Dome” thanks to a new integration with the TD Ameritrade Institutional Veo One® platform.
NEXA Insights, creator of a total advisor solution for gathering client feedback, analyzing responses and providing visual, focused insights, today announced at the T3 Technology conference for financial advisors that it is launching nationwide after extensive beta testing within the industry. NEXA Insights provides a system for gathering client feedback, providing both the implementation expertise and technology needed to effortlessly deploy a customized survey solution to financial advisory firms.
NVISO, a Swiss based fintech company providing software that detects human emotions from facial micro-expressions and interprets thinking styles, has released a behavioral assessment solution that detects how investors truly feel about financial topics and financial choices. Using an ordinary webcam or smartphone, the facial recognition software analyzes the client while he or she watches a short video of various life scenarios to reveal their true feelings about their financial priorities. At the end of the experience, Insights Advise delivers a personalized report that allows users to make better financial decisions based on how they feel about their finances.
Today, Covisum launched Income InSightTM, a new fully-integrated platform that quickly and easily shows the impact of different decisions within a client’s financial plan. Covisum’s newest tool resolves conflicts commonly seen between loosely-integrated planning tools. Income InSight fully integrates with Covisum’s other tools: Social Security Timing®, Tax Clarity®, and SmartRiskTM, to provide clients with a clear vision of their retirement. Historically, advisors used integrations between multiple tools in an attempt to answer major client questions.
RightCapital, a next-generation financial planning solution that provides advisors with the ability to create custom comprehensive financial plans, announced that industry veteran Pietro La Greca has joined the firm as Vice President of Enterprise Sales. Formerly an executive with Advicent, La Greca has a deep understanding of the ever-developing fintech environment and extensive experience addressing the needs of financial advisors and the organizations that support them.
Yourefolio, a leader in professional driven estate and legacy planning software, announced today the release of new and enhanced flowcharting capabilities. “Icons”– visual displays of assets, liabilities and ownership transfers – are derived from various information within the Yourefolio database and populate the intuitive Yourefolio interface. Advisors will have the ability to drag and drop whichever icons they wish into the screen and move them to any position desired to visually explain the impacts of wealth transfers. These workflows will save advisors time by removing any manual efforts in creating visual displays.
Panoramix, an innovative advisor technology platform, announced that the company has passed the $10 billion milestone for assets on the Panoramix platform. In only its third full year in business, Panoramix is becoming a go-to choice for independent RIAs to meet their performance reporting and billing needs. “We are extremely pleased and honored to be working with some of the best advisors in the country, supporting them with our purpose-built technology to meet their unique needs,” said Chris Hastings, CEO of Panoramix. “Powered by our innovative Sapphire Data Engine, we are able to provide a tremendous value to advisors with comprehensive functionality, multiple custodial and third-party integrations in a native Cloud application, all at an affordable cost.”
Ladder, the company that has built life insurance to be instant, simple and smart, today introduced Ladder for Advisors at the T3 Advisor Conference, the leading practice management and technology conference for independent and hybrid financial advisors. Ladder for Advisors is a new solution that provides financial advisors with an efficient way to help their clients implement term life insurance as part of their ongoing financial planning. Life insurance is a critical component of a consumer’s overall financial plan, and advisors are relied upon to help people consider, understand and optimize their need for coverage over time.
Chalice Financial Network™, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based member benefit organization for independent financial advisors, announced today that its Chief Information Officer, Christopher Giles, is hosting an in-depth and groundbreaking session on business productivity at the T3 Advisor Conference, held from Tuesday, Jan. 29 to Friday, Feb. 1, in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Giles, who has more than two decades of experience in financial technology strategy and development, operations and relationship management, is hosting “Five Things You Can Do to Increase the Productivity of Your Business.” The session explores how independent financial advisors running small to midsize practices can leverage scale, software and community to grow as entrepreneurs.
Orion Advisor Services, a premier portfolio management solution provider for registered investment advisors, today at T3 Advisor Conference revealed a series of new product updates and integration enhancements planned to launch in the first half of 2019. These upgrades address major challenges facing independent advisors, from compliance obligations to the need for more proactive client communication, data security and lead generation capabilities.
RIA in a Box, LLC, a leading provider of compliance, operations and registration software and services solutions for the wealth management industry, today launched the Vendor Due Diligence Tool as part of the company’s industry-leading MyRIACompliance software platform. The new tool will be highlighted at the Technology Tools for Today (T3) Advisor Conference being held this week in Denton, Texas.
Private Client Resources (PCR), a leading provider of data aggregation and wealth information management services to UHNW families, private banks, multi-family offices, and investment advisors, today announced it will deepen and evolve its integration with Schwab Advisor Services™ as a third-party participant in the Schwab OpenView Gateway® program. This strengthened integration will allow advisors to support clients with sophisticated portfolio needs, data protection and security through enhanced data aggregation solutions.
Daily Digest: Thursday, January 31, 2019 (afternoon edition)
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FinMason, a rapidly-growing fintech firm operating one of the largest investment analytics platforms in the world, announced the rollout of the Five-Minute Financial Plan™ on the client portal of Orion Advisor Services, LLC (“Orion”), a premier portfolio management solution provider for registered investment advisors. This easy and intuitive financial planning tool, powered by the FinMason analytics engine, enables advisors to quickly and efficiently share their clients’ five-minute financial plans directly inside the client portal, allowing clients to check-in any time and verify whether they are still on track. Clients can also test how various changes would affect their plans and view the possible outcomes in an understandable way, often prompting interaction with their advisor.
Angela Pecoraro, Chief Executive Officer for industry-leading financial planning technology provider Advicent, demonstrated an entirely new user interface for NaviPlan as well as a new retirement assessment tool powered by NaviPlan during the 2019 T3 Advisor Conference. These two major releases–both scheduled for 2019–support a long-term vision for greater configurability provided to those leveraging the NaviPlan platform.
Presenting at the T3 Advisor Conference in Denton, Texas BNY Mellon’s Pershing (“Pershing”) called on advisory firms to re-think their business models and technology platform strategy in light of the industry shift from an investment-forward to an experience-forward mindset. To support this transition, Pershing is accelerating its investment in two core areas: hiring more specialized talent and designing advisor-led experiences.
London-based fintech firm, Timeline, has launched comprehensive software for illustrating sustainable withdrawal strategies. The second edition of the software, which is currently in beta, enables advisors to model numerous dynamic spending strategies, the impact of asset allocation decisions, rebalancing, glidepaths and taxes. Advisors can produce a personalized withdrawal policy statement for their clients within minutes.
AdvisorEngine, the financial experience company that provides a digital wealth management platform for financial advisors and their clients, today announced the production rollout of its expansive integration with BNY Mellon’s Pershing (“Pershing”). The integration will enable broker-dealers and RIAs that custody with Pershing to take advantage of AdvisorEngine technology. “Forward-thinking firms are adopting new technology to deliver a modern client experience, drive growth, and