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SS&C Technologies acquires DST Systems for $5.4 billion: Flash briefing for January 12, 2018

Welcome to the FPPad fintech briefing, Here are the top fintech stories you need to know today. (Click here to watch on YouTube)

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SS&C to Acquire DST Systems from ssctech.com

Merrill Lynch advisors will soon be texting clients from financial-planning.com

SS&C Technologies acquires DST Systems for $5.4 billion

The merger and acquisition train continues to steamroll into 2018, with SS&C Technologies announcing a $5.4 billion deal to acquire DST Systems in an all-cash transaction. Over 100,000 financial professionals use DST Systems technology like DST FAN Mail for portfolio aggregation and DST Vision to view a dashboard of all client accounts. SS&C, which also acquired Advent software in July of 2015 for $2.3 billion, says it will leverage the DST Systems acquisition to increase automation and efficiency across all of its wealth management offerings to financial professionals and institutions.

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management adds text messaging support

Do you text with your financial adviser? In the coming weeks, Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch Wealth Management division will allow its 15,000 financial advisors to use compliant text messaging software as it rolls out new software this month and into February. Merrill Lynch selected CellTrust to allow advisors to send text messages to clients using a web browser, while clients can text back to their advisor using their Apple or Android devices. All messages are captured and archived for compliance purposes, meeting the regulatory requirements imposed by the SEC an FINRA.

Junxure acquisition details from AdvisorEngine

And finally, in a webinar this week, AdvisorEngine provided details on its roadmap following last week’s acquisition announcement of Junxure. Webinar attendees learned that the company plans to continue to support both the Junxure Desktop and Junxure Cloud versions of the CRM and has no plans to change the Junxure pricing structure from a user-based subscription to a fee based on assets under management. Here’s Rich Cancro, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AdvisorEngine with his comments about the alignment of culture between the two organizations:

When you take a look at the Junxure product and the people, as I got to know the management team, and then most recently the full team, the passion they have toward the Junxure client base is truly palpable, and that’s something that the team, the people, the care, and how they care for one another, there’s a lot of similarities around culture, being collaborative and helping one another and helping our clients.

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Wealthfront raises $75 million: Flash briefing for Friday January 5, 2018

Wealthfront raises $75 million. Full transcript below.

Welcome to the FPPad fintech briefing for Friday, January 5, Here are the top fintech stories you need to know today.

Just say no to Bitcoin, as it was reported that Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch told its employees last month not to offer the Grayscale’s Bitcoin Investment Trust to clients, according to a Wall Street Journal article. The price of Bitcoin has skyrocketed over 1,300 per cent over the last 12 months, attracting wide speculation from global cryptocurrency enthusiasts and high levels of skepticism about a bubble among market experts.

In news from Wealthfront, the online automated investment service said it raised $75 million dollars in new financing led by Tiger Global Management and included participation from all of its existing investors. In a blog post, Wealthfront CEO Andy Rachleff said that the company will use the new financing to “pursue an even more aggressive push into software-based financial planning and financial services.” Wealthfront said it doubled its assets under management in 2017, finishing the year at over $9 billion, placing it fourth in total assets behind other low-cost investment services from Vanguard, Charles Schwab, and Betterment.

And another online investment service raising new money to jumpstart 2018 is NextCapital, as the company announced it raised $30 million in Series C financing led by venture firm Oak HC/FT, also with participation from many of NextCapital’s existing shareholders. According to NextCapital CEO John Patterson, the company will use the funding to “bring new digital advice capabilities to market and open up new strategic business channels.”

What Will Brokerage Turmoil Mean to Advisers?

dominoEach week it seems another financial giant with brokerage subsidiaries is going under and experiencing a bailout or a buyout/merger.  First there was Bear Stearns, then Lehman Brothers, and now Merrill Lynch (then possibly AIG’s brokerage division!).

So much news is released on a daily basis that it’s becoming difficult to keep up with the developments and consequences of the unprecedented actions.

What is an adviser to do?

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