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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 January 14, 2019

WealthTech Weekly January 14, 2019

Interactive Brokers is going to launch a new turnkey wealth management solution with Martsone. Mobile banking startup N26 raised $300 million in a Series D funding round. United Capital Financial Advisers introduced…

WealthTech Weekly December 31, 2018

WealthTech Weekly December 31, 2018

iCapital Network has partnered with Rockefeller Capital Management. Wealthfront Advisers agreed to settle SEC’s claims for a $250,000 fine. Bank Of America improves the cash handling processes with a new blockchain patent. Advizr…

WealthTech Weekly December 24, 2018

WealthTech Weekly December 24, 2018

A majority stake in WealthBar Financial Services to be acquired by CI Financial. DriveWealth partners with Avenue Securities. Lincoln Financial Group partners with eMoney Advisor and Redtail Technology. LifeYield provides its Social Security Advantage solution…

WealthTech Weekly December 10, 2018

WealthTech Weekly December 10, 2018

LPL Financial acquires AdvisoryWorld. Facet Wealth partners with Vestmark. Bank of New York Mellon partners with Vestwell. SmartAsset launched SmartAdvisorMatch.com. Western will launch their integrated tools powered by eMoney’s technology. Folio Financial announced the launch…

WealthTech Weekly December 3, 2018

WealthTech Weekly December 3, 2018

Redtail published the results from a survey entitled "Gen Tech". Robinhood goes on filling key jobs. TD Ameritrade Institutional holds its first advisory-focused FinTech competition. BlackRock announced a strategic partnership with Envestnet. Nutmeg has…

WealthTech Weekly November 26, 2018

WealthTech Weekly November 26, 2018

Morgan Stanley launches a new advisory technology platform to provide financial advisors with one dashboard for all services. DriveWealth has formed a strategic partnership with Trading Central to leverage common elements of…

WealthTech Weekly November 19, 2018

WealthTech Weekly November 19, 2018

New and expanded partnerships: BlackRock with CleanCapital, RightCapital with Commonwealth, Brinker Capital with AdvisoryWorld, SEI with Fusion Wealth. Addepar was honored by Morgan Stanley. Evestor is to launch a new brand ‘OpenMoney’. Betterment redesigns Advisor…

WealthTech Weekly November 12, 2018

WealthTech Weekly November 12, 2018

Empower Retirement plans to launch a new platform. GPS Wealth Management implemented Riskalyze. iCapital Network has got a strategic investment from JPMorgan Chase & Co.  AlphaCore Technologies releases a FinTech tool for intelligent investing.…