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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 July 6, 2020

WealthTech Weekly July 6, 2020

Empower Retirement acquires Personal Capital. FIS is teaming up with FICO. The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning partners with Facet Wealth. Orion Advisor Solutions and Brinker Capital create a…

WealthTech Weekly June 29, 2020

WealthTech Weekly June 29, 2020

Envestnet partners with Dynasty Financial Partners. Orion partners with State Street Global Advisors. Smartleaf partners with Melius Investments. Cary Street Partners acquired Waypoint Advisors. Advisor Group rolls out its new eQuipt Dashboard. Ellevest is…

WealthTech Weekly June 22, 2020

WealthTech Weekly June 22, 2020

LPL advisors now have access to AdvicePay. GeoWealth announced a strategic alliance with Foreside Financial Group. TD Ameritrade Institutional launches a new RIAConnent tool. Broadridge launches AI-powered platform. Intuit QuickBooks' new ML-powered tool…

WealthTech Weekly June 15, 2020

WealthTech Weekly June 15, 2020

M1 Finance raised $33 million. DriveWealth partners with Winvesta Ltd. AdvisorPeak partners with FinMason. Act Analytics integrates with SS&C Advent’s Black Diamond® Wealth Platform. GeoWealth adds PIMCO fixed income model portfolios to…

WealthTech Weekly June 8, 2020

WealthTech Weekly June 8, 2020

Northern Trust partnered BlackRock. InvestorCOM announced a deal with Morningstar Inc. RIA in a Box, Morningstar, Redtail Technology (Redtail), and Riskalyze help new RIAs. Charles Schwab gets DOJ approval to buy…

WealthTech Weekly June 1, 2020

WealthTech Weekly June 1, 2020

Regal Holdings selected InvestorCOM's Reg BI compliance platform. LPL Financial purchases the assets of E.K. Riley. Envestnet builds AI-driven app. Vestwell launches a new retirement plan solution. FinMason was selected by RiskPro. Charles Schwab acquires…

WealthTech Weekly May 25, 2020

WealthTech Weekly May 25, 2020

Smarsh is to acquire Entreda. SS&C Technologies has acquired Innovest Systems. AdvicePay has an agreement with LPL Financial. EquityZen partners with Addepar. DriveWealth has an agreement with Access Softek. Raymond James, Scopus Financial Group,…

WealthTech Weekly May 18, 2020

WealthTech Weekly May 18, 2020

Xtiva raises $10 million. iCapital Network acquired Artivest. Goldman Sachs plans to buy Folio Financial. FIDx partners with RetireOne. Smartleaf is partnering with IDX Insights. Twenty Over Ten integrates with…