Instead of viewing robo-advisor platforms as the competition, advisors should focus on the opportunities they present. First, adding the new technology to your service menu can help you more fully articulate your value proposition to clients and prospects. Second, these platforms can add efficiency to your practice, increasing your profitability and, possibly even more importantly, helping you economically serve clients who may have limited assets
But the real news of the eMoney acquisition is that from the strategic perspective, it’s not clear if Fidelity was really aiming to acquire financial planning software, or if instead what they really wanted was eMoney’s best-in-breed Personal Financial Management (PFM) tool
In fact, what the eMoney acquisition may ultimately highlight is how woefully far behind other financial planning software tools have lagged in their
The financial system will need to be a platform that federates existing players (such as banks) and new players (such as telecommunication companies… )
1) bitcoin-inspired distributed systems
2) open APIs (application programming interface) as a new way to consumer business services on the internet
3) crowd-sourced identity schemes
4) open source hardware and applications
How can the traditional industry players prepare for such changes?
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