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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 June 10, 2019

WealthTech Weekly June 10, 2019

FinMason partnered with Silver Wealth Technologies. Panoramix integrates with Wealthbox. Docupace and WalkMe announced a strategic partnership. Broadridge launches a new blockchain-based shareholder disclosure platform in Europe. Advisor Group completed its 4th annual Wealth…

WealthTech Weekly June 3, 2019

WealthTech Weekly June 3, 2019

Aegon Growth Capital Fund purchased 25 percent of the shares in RISK Verzekeringen. Social Finance (SoFi) is in the final stages of securing $500 million from the Qatar Investment Authorit.…

WealthTech Weekly May 27, 2019

WealthTech Weekly May 27, 2019

Asset-Map integrates with Orion. Broadridge acquires Canadian RPM Technologies. Capitect integrates with RightCapital. Wealthsimple raised $75 million. Vestmark's Adhesion Wealth connects advisors and asset managers. Waddell & Reed launched WaddellONE technology to its advisors.

WealthTech Weekly May 20, 2019

WealthTech Weekly May 20, 2019

Chalice partners with Riskalyze, NRS and WeWork. BlackRock acquired eFront. Wealthbox CRM integrates with the Black Diamond Wealth Platform. Nest Wealth acquires Alberta-based Razor Logic Systems. North Capital builds free financial planning platform. Atria…

WealthTech Weekly May 13, 2019

WealthTech Weekly May 13, 2019

Jemstep launches the Jemstep Advisor Pro App on Salesforce AppExchange. SoFi announced a new ETF product focused on the gig economy. OpenInvest launches a new tool for financial advisors. BlackRock and Envestnet…

WealthTech Weekly May 6, 2019

WealthTech Weekly May 6, 2019

E*TRADE's customers will trade Bitcoin and Ethereum. Interactive Brokers combines Watchlists & Scanners. Envestnet announced new analytical tools. AdvisorEngine announced deeper Junxure integrations. Broadridge acquires Rockall Technologies. IBM collaborates with Thomson Reuters. Guideline…

WealthTech Weekly April 29, 2019

WealthTech Weekly April 29, 2019

Xignite partnered with StockCharts.com. SmartRIA integrates with SS&C’s Black Diamond Wealth Platform. 55ip partnered with Shareholders Service Group. Docupace integrates with FundKeeper. TradePMR is rolling out new augmented reality technology. Wealthfront is increasing…

WealthTech Weekly April 22, 2019

WealthTech Weekly April 22, 2019

United Capital launches an advice and planning platform for independent advisers. Betterment adds Dimensional Fund Advisors to its platform for advisers. Vestwell combines 3(38) fiduciary line-up services with target date model portfolios from Morningstar.
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