How Cloud-Based APIs Can Improve Your Technology Stack
Legacy technology is slowing down the financial services industry. Systems exist today that were built 10, 20, even 30 years ago and they have not adapted to the changing world around them. This is one reason why new technologies are moving to replace them as demand for information, integration, efficiency, and scale continues to engulf financial services technology.
A core solution for these ideas comes in the form of an Application Programming Interface, or “API”. While they are not some magic bullet solution to all things, good APIs efficiently address the demands of the modern markets by supercharging your business to ensure it stays relevant, modern, and affordable.
APIs provide an opportunity for firms to leverage technology to improve efficiencies within their own processes and bring better products to market, all the while providing the retail customer
with the high touch support they expect from their advisors. Smaller and mid sized firms are able to access capabilities of some of the larger institutions by leveraging existing technologies. These APIs can automate the manual burdens of middle and back-office systems and provide timely data flow and information to give the client a better experience.
Click the below to learn more the different types of APIs, how they work, and what they can do for your investment advisory business.
How the UMA is Changing the Advisory Space
Technology continues to advance multiple segments of the financial industry into a more efficient and user friendly experience. A core target of this revolution is the independent advisor and broker/dealer space, which has seen the continued amalgamation of services to promote unified technological hubs and integrated solutions across multiple services.
Clients are also becoming increasingly savvy as firms marketing directly to consumers are helping to educate the end client, who in turn demands these advantages from the advisors.(more…)
Managed Accounts Can Provide a Better Return than Mutual Funds
Mutual funds broke new ground in the investment industry, particularly gaining recognition in the 1980s and 1990s as a way for the retail investor to access active institutional money managers. The industry has continued to grow but has seen a significant challenge arising out of ETFs partially due to rising interest in passive investing and different structure characteristics.
Investors often cite expense ratios as a core filter when considering these mutual funds, but in reality, how much do mutual funds really cost? There are also loads, purchase fees, redemption fees, exchange fees, and account fees. There are also the less obvious costs associated with mutual fund investing, such brokerage costs and the bid/ask spread. When combined, it is estimated that thesecosts drive the price of mutual funds up to as much as 3.73%.
How to Manage the Impending Wealth Transfer
Three Critical Strategies for Advisors
Thought Leadership from a Technology Leader. This paper explores some critical strategies investment advisors can undertake now to increase the likelihood of retaining client assets, in preparation for what is expected to be the biggest generational wealth transfer in history.read more…