A decent pace of technology news has returned, with this week’s Bits & Bytes featuring a variety of worthwhile stories.
First, read Avoid Legacy Portfolio Software Constraints at Morningstar Advisor to learn how you can switch portfolio management software without incurring huge transition times or astronomical fees.
Here are this week’s stories of interest:
The Rise of Robo-Advisors from Financial-Planning.com
[You are not clueless when it comes to the term "robo-advisors." (watch the two-part video, Competing Against “Robo Advisors:” Delivering Advice in a New World from T3 2012) Personal Capital, Wealthfront, LearnVest, and others have been highlighted here before, and Jonathan Leaf provides a new update in this Financial Planning magazine update.] Imagine being replaced by a robot. That day may be more imminent than many planners believe. In the past two years, a number of online financial platforms for investors have been launched. These sites offer computerized investment guidance aimed not only at the smallest customers, but also at those with upward of $250,000 in investable assets.
iRebal Receives Makeover from Financial Advisor magazine
[The last time I saw significant news concerning TD Ameritrade's iRebal software was back in August 2010 when RIABiz posted their overview of the product. This week, the growing custodian announced several enhancements to the stalwart application. I'm taking a look at the updates later this afternoon.] ThinkTech Inc., a TD Ameritrade affiliate, recently announced a number of major enhancements to iRebal, its highly-regarded intelligent rebalance and trade order management system.
Schwab Expands Practice Management Consulting Program for RIAs from Financial Advisor magazine
[Custodians continue to ramp up their value-add practice management resources as a competitive differentiator. In this update, Schwab Advisor Services announces new content for its nationwide traveling workshop.] Schwab Advisor Services today is expanding its “Insight to Action” practice management consulting program for its registered investment advisors customers that provides support on growing and managing their businesses.
Work aside; BACK UP your personal data including memories from InvestmentNews.com
[Here's another reminder how important it is to have a good backup routine and policy, not just for your business information, but your personal data, too. Details of Wired magazine contributor Mat Honan's loss of photos and other personal files as a result of a hack were syndicated across hundreds of websites this week. So take the prompt as a reminder to back up your files; something bad will eventually happen to your hard drive, so don't be without a plan. Me? I have a Time Capsule for my Mac.] Please back up your personal computers, especially photos and things of sentimental value, whether you use a Windows-based or Mac system.