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While technology may provide a range of benefits for financial advisors, the success of these solutions depends in part on how well these various software applications work with one another in a connected office environment. This depends on their degree of integration. Integration refers to the extent to which individual software applications – from billing to CRM to financial reporting – communicate and share data with each another. Not surprisingly, full and deep integration has become a priority for many financial advisors.

While integration has become a watch word in the financial services and financial technology markets, it’s important to recognize that the term may mean different things to different people. At its most basic level, integration may refer simply to “single sign-on” (SSO) integration. SSO integration allows users to access different applications without constantly reentering login information and passwords. While SSO...

One From the Road

Networking with other financial advisors has typically been a significant time and financial commitment for RIA principals, requiring travel to industry trade shows or custodian conferences, and a healthy entertainment budget.

But what if you could avoid the time and expense and network...

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Best Practices for Managing Small Accounts

Most RIAs have grappled with the question of how to manage small accounts in a way that is efficient and profitable. In its latest Trend Advisor paper, “Small Accounts, Big Opportunities,” Trust Company of America addresses some of the...

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There's an App for That

With more than 1 million apps in the Apple App Store and an equally staggering number of applications on the Android market, it’s...

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ETF Trading Options that Fit Your Needs

Advisors are using exchange-traded funds (ETFs) more than ever. RIAs’ use of ETFs rose 27% annually over the past five years,...

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