FPPad Bits and Bytes for January 29

On today’s broadcast, Betterment launches 401k plans for business, Morningstar updates its iPad app for advisors, Vestorly raises a new venture capital, and more.

So get ready, FPPad Bits and Bytes begins now!

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Betterment for Business Officially Launches and Announces Advisory Board from PRNewswire.com

[This week’s top story features Betterment, as the automated investment service announced the official launch of Betterment for Business, the company’s 401(k) plan for employers.

Earlier this month, Betterment for Business received a very strong endorsement from the founder of a start-up called Estimize, saying the plan was so easy to set up that it could potentially crush the 401(k) industry.

With plan fees ranging from 60 basis points all the way down to 10 basis points for billion-dollar plans, and an interface built for ease of use, Betterment’s offering might actually be one that you recommend to your small business-owner clients, and you might even consider it for your own company’s 401(k) needs.

Among large 401(k) plans, established providers like Vanguard, Fidelity, and Financial Engines have a sizable advantage, but underserved companies establishing their first 401(k) plan should see Betterment as a very attractive solution.

This reminds me of how Betterment targeted young underserved investors back in 2010… huh.] Betterment, the largest automated investing service, today announced the official launch of Betterment for Business. The new 401(k) platform, which uses smarter technology and includes personalized investment advice for all plan participants, is now live for a charter group of plan sponsors and participants.

Preview Morningstar’s new iPad app dashboard for advisors from Morningstar

Sigma Prime leads Series A round for Vestorly from PEHub.com

Vestorly, Inc. the leading content marketing platform in financial services headquartered in New York City, today announced a Series A round of funding of $4.1 million.

New cloud storage options for Office mobile and Office Online from Office.com

Today, we’re making Office even easier for customers to use with cloud storage providers by adding real-time co-authoring with Office Online for documents stored in partner cloud services, extending our Office for iOS integration to all partners in the CSPP, and enabling integration between Outlook.com and cloud storage providers Dropbox and Box.

Watch FPPad Bits and Bytes for January 29, 2016

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4 Responses to “FPPad Bits and Bytes for January 29”

  1. Tom Gartner January 29, 2016 2:00 pm

    This was a great post Bill, looking forward to the new changes you are making.

  2. Joe January 29, 2016 2:48 pm

    Great video Bill. I concur 100% with your frustration and as an advisor I took offense to what Jon said. Our industries and clients needs are not that simple, it is much more complex. It worries me that clients might not be getting the proper advice because the emphasize is on simplicity and it only took “60 seconds” to invest money.


  3. Jason Reiman January 29, 2016 8:58 pm

    Great job, Bill! Thanks!

  4. Bob Schoen January 30, 2016 6:06 pm

    I’d like to see a discussion about the following:

    Everyone talks about best of breed and getting other best of breeds to sync.
    I do not see that happening very quickly. And the overlap in functionality is mind boggling.

    I use eMoney and am waiting for Junxure cloud to sync with eMoney. Was supposed to be last quarter…or so I thought when I bought it.

    As to overlap.. eMoney is a great aggregation tool, but Junxure wants you to provide your clients with assets, insurance etc in Junxure cloud.

    Now they have a “client portal”. How many client portals can we push on our clients. Or how much more confused can we get them as we keep changing portal products?

    And then, of course, we have our B-D’s in the middle of things by approving products at their own pace.

    Ok enough ranting… but it is frustrating to know which path to take.