Last week I attended the Financial Service Institute’s (FSI) OneVoice conference along with two of my team and was thrilled to see so many of you in person. Our Editor in Chief Julius Buchanan spoke with many industry leaders, and we bring you coverage of those conversations, both in videos and articles, ranging across many topics including the regulatory landscape, ESG, DEI, recruiting, wealthtech, the custodial space and more.
In addition, we bring you our latest Wealthtech Roundup, Intention.ly’s views on RIAs creating a dedicated sales team, Nepsis on investor biases, RBC wealth management on wirehouse recruiting and our weekly Deals & Recruiting Roundup.
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Deals & Recruiting Roundup: This edition covers the Mariner acquisitions of AndCo and Fourth Street, OneDigital acquiring WealthSource Partners, Kestra announcing the merger of Evoke and Maven Bridge as well as Bluespring’s acquisition of Hughes Financial, Compound Planning adding nine advisors, Ameriprise recruiting Pacific Crest Planning, Rise Growth Partners securing $250 million from Charlesbank Capital Partners, Perigon partnering with Premier Sports Network, Bernstein Private Wealth Management expanding its UHNW Platform and Summit Trail Advisors promoting three team members to become Partners.
Wealthtech Roundup: Meet our newest Wealthtech Leader of the Month, AdvisorEngine CEO Rich Cancro. Other entries include the 2024 T3/Inside Information Advisor Software Survey results, AssetLink launching to connect asset managers and advisors, Nitrogen partnering with RFG Advisory, CogniCor integrating with Microsoft Azure OpenAI, Flourish launching an annuities platform, CapIntel revealing a report on tech solutions to advisor challenges, SnappyKraken revealing a digital marketing strategy report, AssetMark launching digital tax management services and Orion rolling out calendar syncing and AI speech enhancements.
OneVoice on video: At OneVoice we spoke on video with industry leaders Adam Malamed, CEO of Sanctuary Wealth; David Knoch, CEO of Docupace; Alex David, President and CEO of Stifel Independent Advisors; Greg Cornick, President, Advice and Wealth Management at Osaic; and Ananya Balaram, Chief Revenue Officer of Vestmark.
2024 advocacy initiatives: FSI released a paper on regulation by enforcement, describing concerns and proposing changes. FSI leaders also discussed other priorities for 2024 including diversity, Next Gen, the standard of care and the independent contractor status. President and CEO Dale Brown; Vice Chair Tim Stinson; and Robin Traxler, SVP, Policy and Deputy General Counsel, provide comments.
The advice crisis: At OneVoice, Christian Nwasike, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Association of African American Financial Advisors, discussed with us the organization’s successes and the upcoming crisis gap in financial advice for Black households.
A name with meaning: We spoke with Realta Wealth CEO Kevin Keefe and COO Mark Helliker on the firm’s rebranding exercise, its recent and ongoing initiatives, and opportunities they see among high net worth clientele at OneVoice.
The custodial view: BNY Mellon | Pershing Head of Wealth Solutions Ben Harrison talked with us about trends in the RIA custodial space, M&A, advisors in transition and more at OneVoice.
Backfiring biases: Mark Pearson, Founder and CEO of Nepsis, analyzed five biases that drive investment choices, providing solutions and strategies for advisors to help their clients overcome them.
A dedicated sales team: Intention.ly Partner, Head of Sales Consulting Kyle Hiatt made the case that advisors are not the sales team and discussed the advantages of building a dedicated sales team and issues RIAs should consider.
Wirehouse recruiting: How does a firm stand out in wirehouse recruiting? Amanda Dolan, Head of Advisor Recruiting at RBC Wealth Management – U.S., said to put forward your cultural distinctives, focus on smoothing the transition and wear your differences on your sleeve.
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