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BlackRock’s iRetire integrates with eMoney Advisor. BlackRock partners with Microsoft to change how people plan and save for retirement. Tradier Inc. partners with Jellifin to enable and simplify development of active investor and digital advisory products. LPL’s CEO Dan Arnold lays out Integration Roadmap.

RIA in a Box launches the Audit Prep Tool to help compliance teams meet the requirements of SEC examinations. Vanguard Group is set to launch a Canadian robo-adviser service within the next 18 months. BNY Mellon’s Albridge was selected by Independent Financial Partners (IFP) to provide wealth reporting to its approximately 500 advisors nationwide.

Guideline lands $35 million in funding. Plaid raises $250M at a $2.65B valuation.

BlackRock

BlackRock’s iRetire to integrate with eMoney Advisor.

Staying in their lanes, BlackRock gets access to more advisors and eMoney streamlines its partnership with the asset manager.

Financial planning platform eMoney Advisor will have a new integration partner with BlackRock’s iRetire platform, starting tomorrow, the two companies confirmed. Users of eMoney will be able to access iRetire via a single sign-in on the financial planning platform’s Application page.

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Microsoft and BlackRock aim to solve retirement planning crisis in new alliance between tech and finance giants. The companies are coming together in a new partnership focused on changing how people plan and save for retirement.

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Guideline

Guideline lands additional $35 million in funding.

California-based 401(k) startup, Guideline, announced Wednesday that it has raised a $35 million Series C, led by Tiger Global Management. The almost-3-year-old technology startup’s existing investment partners also contributed to the round, which includes Felicis Ventures and Propel Ventures. This brings the company’s total financing to $59 million.

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Plaid

Fintech startup Plaid raises $250M at a $2.65B valuation.

Plaid has emerged as one of the most critical contributors to financial technology’s evolution — and one of the most under the radar. The company announced a $250 million Series C investment led by famed venture capitalist and the author of the Internet Trends report Mary Meeker, who would join its board of directors as part of the deal. The funds were raised at a valuation of $2.65 billion, according to sources close to the company.

Plaid builds infrastructure that allows a consumer to interact with their bank account on the web through a number of third-party applications, like Venmo, Robinhood, Coinbase, Acorns and LendingClub.

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RIA-in-a-Box

RIA in a Box, a leading provider of compliance, operations and registration software solutions for the wealth management industry, announced the launch of the Audit Prep Tool to help compliance teams meet the requirements of SEC examinations. The tool offers support for both clients who are actively involved in SEC examinations and compliance teams preparing for future audits.

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LPL Financial

LPL’s CEO Dan Arnold lays out Integration Roadmap.

Arnold laid out a roadmap for the integration, designed to make ClientWorks Connected a more integral tool for LPL-associated professionals.

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Vanguard

Global investment giant Vanguard Group is set to launch a Canadian robo-adviser service within the next 18 months in a move that will bring a formidable new competitor to the increasingly crowded field of digital portfolio management.

Vanguard Investments Canada Inc., the third largest provider of exchange-traded funds in the country by assets, will introduce a digital online advice platform for retail investors, according to three sources with knowledge of the plans.

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bnymellon

BNY Mellon’s Albridge, an affiliate of Pershing and a leading provider of enterprise data management solutions, announced that it has been selected by Independent Financial Partners (IFP), a multi-custodial RIA and soon-to-be broker-dealer that specializes in wealth management and retirement plan consulting, to provide wealth reporting to its approximately 500 advisors nationwide.

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Tradier

Tradier Inc. and Jellifin are happy to announce a partnership to enable and simplify development of active investor and digital advisory products on Tradier. Jellifin brings deep technical experience, design expertise and pre-developed technology assets that can tremendously reduce the need for large and small companies to create solutions from the ground-up.

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Swanest

Swanest, a robo-adviser that makes intelligent investing simple, today launched Risk & Return Scanner, an investment calculator for financial media that automates risk and expected return analysis through the use of algorithms.

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Investcloud

A survey conducted by InvestCloud Inc., a global FinTech firm, has found that the investment management industry is drastically under-prepared to cater to the digital needs of the next generation of investors – not only in the US, but also in the UK.

Key findings from the survey reveal that:

  • The vast majority of wealth managers (68%) know they need to improve their digital technology to survive;
  • Nearly half of investors right now (49%) use mobile apps to manage their investments, and this is only going to increase, and yet wealth managers are by and large very behind on mobile offerings; and
  • Investors are now using the digital proposition as one of the key determining factors in selecting a wealth manager (48%).

Find details here.

WealthTech Weekly March 30, 2020

WealthTech Weekly March 30, 2020

Demand Wealth received an investment from Niche Investment Partners. iCapital Network closed a $146 million financing round. Registrar Corp acquired Vinca. Envestnet partners with Compliance Solutions Strategies. Allianz Global Investors joined…

WealthTech Weekly March 23, 2020

WealthTech Weekly March 23, 2020

DriveWealth partners with Wealthface. United Planners has new general partners. Wealthface moves to the MENA region. Modern Capital is to acquire Western Equity Group. Addepar got an investment of $40 million. HiddenLevers…

WealthTech Weekly March 16, 2020

WealthTech Weekly March 16, 2020

CAPTRUST Financial Advisors has acquired Welch Hornsby. AdvisorTouch integrated into Wealthbox CRM. Sanctuary Wealth partners with Conversant Wealth Management. All Seasons Wealth acquired personal finance practices. TradePMR rolls out refined trading tools on…

WealthTech Weekly March 9, 2020

WealthTech Weekly March 9, 2020

AssetMark bought OBS Financial. Broadridge acquired FundsLibrary. Mariner Wealth Advisors will acquire the assets of Wealth Health. InvestCloud launches an InvestCloud White platform.

WealthTech Weekly March 2, 2020

WealthTech Weekly March 2, 2020

NFP Ventures invests in Wealth Technologies. Charles Schwab purchases Wasmer Schroeder. Morgan Stanley acquires E*Trade. RBC Wealth Management acquires Visionary Wealth Management. National Advisors Trust partnered with Dynasty Financial Partners. Key Private Bank selected the…

WealthTech Weekly February 24, 2020

WealthTech Weekly February 24, 2020

Motive Partners acquired a majority interest in the Investment Services business of Fiserv. Wealth Enhancement Group acquires JOYN Advisors. Savant Capital Management and Huber Financial Advisors finalized their merger. Franklin Resources agreed to buy…

WealthTech Weekly February 17, 2020

WealthTech Weekly February 17, 2020

Orion partners with Ameritas Investment Company LLC, Benjamin F. Edwards, and Great Valley Advisor Grou. Synergy Wealth Alliance joined LPL Financial’s platforms. Frontier Wealth Management acquired Highwater Wealth Management. Orion updated the Connect…

WealthTech Weekly February 10, 2020

WealthTech Weekly February 10, 2020

EP Wealth Advisors acquired International Research & Asset Management. Grab Financial Group acquired Bento. OneDigital acquires Resources Investment Advisors. Professionals at Farm Bureau Financial Services will use Riskalyze's risk metrics. WisdomTree Investments plans…