My latest slide deck is finally complete. It’s titled The Mobile Adviser: Everything financial advisers need to know to be safe, connected, and productive in the Mobile Age.
I’m debuting The Mobile Adviser at FPA Business Solutions 2013 in Chicago on March 7-9, so register for the conference here to be among the first to see it.
Here are this week’s stories of interest:
[Highlighted in my update from T3 (see: T3 2013: Top technology to put on your radar), HiddenLevers officially announced their lead generation add-on component to portfolio stress testing. Check out http://rca-online.com/ and click the button on the right-hand column to see this in action. I think it's a great feature.] HiddenLevers, the portfolio stress testing toolkit of choice for RIAs, Private Wealth and Family Offices, launches a lead-gen application to help Advisors promote their portfolio stress testing capabilities.
[Craig Iskowitz, Managing Director and founder of Ezra Group, has been a part of the financial planning technology blogosphere since February 2009, but I only just encountered his content. If you're not following Craig (@CraigIskowitz on Twitter) or subscribing to his content, consider doing so. Craig also attended T3 last week and provides a great two-part recap of the rebalancing software panel discussion. If you're in the market for rebalancing software or want to see how yours compares with new entrants in the market, Craig's coverage is a must read.] This is a summary of panel discussion from the Tools and Technology Today (T3) Conference that took place February 11-13, 2013 in Miami, FL.
Your Tweets Are More Important Than Your Résumé from BusinessInsider.com
[I'm branching out a bit here with an interesting take on the résumé of the future. Here's a company that isn't taking traditional résumés for a job opening (granted, they're hiring a "six-figure senior social media position"), but rather considering social metrics like Klout score, active Twitter followers, and more. If you're hiring, do you take social influence into account? And what if your top candidate has significant social influence, do you think that's actually a risk to your organization?] By now, many employers think that who you are online is more revealing of your character than a résumé. Some companies have decided to stop accepting paper résumés altogether.
Portfolio Pathway and Redtail Technology announce integration from PortfolioPathway.com
[Portfolio Pathway is now in my watch list as another web-based portfolio reporting solution. Their straightforward pricing on top of the typical account aggregation, client portal, and custom report features should be attractive to up-and-coming RIAs as well as breakaway brokers looking for a light footprint when they start out on their own. This announcement of a Redtail CRM integration is also a good sign of collaboration with the industry's leading software providers.] Portfolio Pathway, the web-based portfolio management system, announced today they have completed integration development with Redtail Technology’s innovative web-based Client Relationship Management (CRM) solution. Advisors using Redtail will be able to view all account data from Portfolio Pathway.
RedBlack Integration with Scottrade® Advisor Services from RedBlackSoftware.com
[Increasing integrations is the best way for any financial services technology provider to gain wider adoption. Here, growing rebalancing software provider RedBlack now connects with Scottrade to retrieve account information from the no-minimum-assets-required custodian. According to RedBlack Chief Software Architect Roel Vlemmings, this marks the company's 22nd integration with a 3rd party provider.] RedBlack Software today announced the successful integration with Scottrade® Advisor Services. Registered Investment Advisors that custody with Scottrade® Advisory Services can now seamlessly import their portfolio data into RedBlack, use the RedBlack platform to rebalance and trade client accounts and households, and submit trades to Scottrade® for execution.
1st Global Announces New Partnership with AppCrown LLC from 1stGlobal.com
[Very interesting! Having lived in Dallas for three years, 1st Global had a good footprint with regional (and national, too) CPAs and wealth management firms seeking technology solutions from an affinity partner. Now, AppCrown's Salesforce ISV platform (see: Salesforce for financial advisers solicits bipolar reactions; AppCrown attempts to resolve disjointed CRM) will be rolled out to all of 1st Global's 400 affiliated firms by the end of the year.] 1st Global, a research and consulting partner of select CPA and wealth management firms, and AppCrown LLC announce a strategic partnership to deploy a cloud-based solution that delivers client relationship management, straight-through processing and business cycle management for wealth management clients.
Preview files in Google Drive from GoogleDrive
[You have dozens of choices among cloud file storage services, including Google Drive. Subtle features differentiate the services, and since you're trying to be as efficient and productive as possible, you shouldn't waste time trying to preview documents stored in the cloud. In a race to match file preview features present in other services, Google Drive now offers preview for roughly 30 file types.] It may sound obvious, but sometimes the best way to find something is to start looking. Beginning today, Google Drive will let you quickly preview more than 30 file types and quickly flip between files until you find the one you want.