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A majority stake in WealthBar Financial Services to be acquired by CI Financial. DriveWealth partners with Avenue Securities to enable Brazilian retail investors to invest in fractional shares. Lincoln Financial Group announced new partnerships with eMoney Advisor and Redtail Technology. LifeYield provides its Social Security Advantage solution through EQIS Capital Management. Agilon Capital to use TradingScreen’s order and execution management system for fixed income. Wealthfront built a direct integration with cryptocurrency platform Coinbase. LPL Financial improves its Model Wealth Portfolio platform. Morgan Stanley is simplifying the way it acquires new technologies from small companies to speed up collaboration.

WealthBar

CI Financial Corp has agreed to acquire a majority stake in WealthBar Financial Services Inc, a Vancouver-based online wealth management and financial planning platform.

CI Financial, a Toronto-based asset manager and wealth management advisor, said the transaction will help accelerate its digital strategy.

More information is here.

DriveWealth

Miami-based Avenue Securities, which helps Brazilian retail investors invest in American stocks, has announced a new partnership with US broker-dealer DriveWealth, LLC, to offer its clients affordable execution and the ability to invest in fractional shares. This collaboration enables Latino investors to build portfolios of US stocks, ETFs, and ADRs with low costs starting from $0.99 per trade.

More information is here.

eMoney Advisor

Lincoln Financial Group announced new partnerships that will offer fee-only advisors improved planning and data management capabilities and make it easier to use Lincoln’s suite of annuity solutions. By integrating capabilities from eMoney Advisor, a leading wealth management and financial planning software provider, and Redtail Technology (“Redtail”), a provider of client relationship management (CRM) solutions for financial services firms, Lincoln will continue to expand and evolve its technology platform available to fee-only advisors.

More information is here.

LifeYield

LifeYield LLC, a leading cloud-based solution that facilitates tax-smart, risk-smart management of an investor’s entire household portfolio, announced that its proprietary Social Security Advantage solution will now be available through EQIS Capital Management Inc., a fee-based Turnkey Asset Management Platform (TAMP) for financial advisors. This partnership will make LifeYield’s technology available to more than 2,100 advisors currently using the EQIS TAMP.

More information is here.

TradingScreen

Hedge fund Agilon Capital has confirmed it will use TradingScreen’s (TS) order and execution management system (OEMS) for fixed income.

The fund specialises in long/short corporate credit strategies, and confirmed it will use TradeSmart to manage their activity across fixed income, including IG corporates, high yield, CDS, treasuries, and futures.

More information is here.

Wealthfront

With more than $11 billion in AUM, Wealthfront built a direct integration with cryptocurrency platform Coinbase. The direct API-level integration will allow Wealthfront users to track their cryptocurrencies in the financial planning tool, Path. Both those who have opened an investment account with Wealthfront and those using its free financial planning service will be able to track their crypto, provided they have entered the necessary Coinbase account information.

More information is here.

LPL Financial

LPL Financial is making improvements to its centrally managed Model Wealth Portfolio platform, including lowering pricing, adding separately managed accounts and risk scores, as well as allowing advisors to trade their models like a strategist on the platform. Advisors who are part of the pilot program for the changes, coming next year, say the improvements are going to make it easier—and less expensive—for them to do business.

More information is here.

Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley moves to speed up collaboration with tech startups

Morgan Stanley has trimmed its 20-page vendor agreement to one page, reducing from three months to as little as one week the time to begin working together. The bank has been taking steps to reduce the time it takes to begin working with new vendors by streamlining documentation and broadening the opportunities for executives to evaluate new tech products.

More information is here.

Tech Survey

Advisors are missing out on these software opportunities.

Innovative technology can help transform advisors’ workflow — but adoption takes time. Just because broker-dealers and custodians may offer innovative tech solutions doesn’t mean advisors will utilize them. The majority of respondents to the survey said they didn’t use tools like macro risk software or social media management tools.

More information is 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 17, 2018

WealthTech Weekly December 17, 2018

BlackRock’s iRetire integrates with eMoney Advisor. BlackRock partners with Microsoft. Tradier Inc. partners with Jellifin. LPL’s CEO Dan Arnold lays out Integration Roadmap. RIA in a Box launches the Audit…

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.…