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An Index to Smartleaf’s Top Blog Posts

Our most popular posts, organized by subject matter.

blog index 

On Smartleaf

Smartleaf Demo from In|Vest 2018 A six-minute demo of the Smartleaf system from the In|Vest 2018 conference.

An Inside Look at Automated Rebalancing Systems What we do and how we do it. 

Automated Household-Level Rebalancing Tax Optimization at the household level and how we plan to implement it.

Smartleaf Demo: Portfolio Customization An account-level look at customized trades within the Smartleaf system.

Smartleaf Taxes Saved 2018 How much Smartleaf users saved their clients in 2018. 

Automated Rebalancing

The Difference Between Smartleaf and an Optimizer The nuts and bolts of an optimization-based rebalancing automation system.

A Guide to Choosing a Rebalancing System A look at two key architectural differences that fundamentally set rebalancing systems apart: sleeve vs. sleeveless, and rules vs. optimization.

Don't Be Afraid of the Black Box Sophisticated rebalancing analytics can be too complicated for advisors to understand. That’s a problem. The solution: optimization within your guidelines.

Stop. It’s Time to Rethink Rebalancing A comparison of traditional event-driven rebalancing and automated rebalancing using cost-benefit analytics.

Automated Rebalancing Workflows that Work For You How automated is automated rebalancing?

Bad Data and Automated Rebalancing How automated rebalancing systems handle bad data.
The Limits of Automation: Why Not Infinity? What prevents automation from being infinitely scalable?
An Insider's Guide to Optimizers How optimizers work.

An Inside look at Cost-Benefit Rebalancing How cost-benefit scores and cost-benefit rebalancing works. 
The Implications of Automated Rebalancing

Old vs. New Wealth Management Changes in wealth management and the forces driving them.

Old vs. New Wealth Management Part II: Role Changes The biggest change happening in wealth management is in functional roles.

Webinar: Old vs. New Wealth Management Smartleaf and Windham Labs discuss the future of wealth management in a webinar.

To Increase Customization: Centralize There is no trade-off between customization and scale.

The Art of Centralized Rebalancing A guide to creating a central rebalancing group.

Fintech and Change Management: A Guide Four paths for implementing a major fintech project.

Can Compliance be Automated? How automated rebalancing enables wealth management firms to “build in” compliance, with a double win of both lower costs and superior compliance.

Why the Days of Calendar-Based Rebalancing are Numbered Calendar-based rebalancing is inefficient and bad for clients.

Automated Rebalancing & Specialization Automated rebalancing supports specialization of function.

Are CIOs in Trouble? The CIO job isn’t going anywhere, but rebalancing technology is changing the role of the CIO.

Direct Indexes & SMAs

Direct Indexes: Cheaper that ETFs? Direct indexes have the potential to be less expensive than ETFs.

Direct Indexes are better than ETFs Direct Indexes are customizable and outperform ETFs on an expected after-tax basis.

A Guide to Mutual Funds vs. SMAs SMAs are better than mutual funds for most assets. But they won't replace funds entirely.

Video: Direct Indexes are Better than ETFs Direct Indexes are customizable and outperform ETFs on an expected after-tax basis.

A Long Tail Strategy for Asset Managers Do robo SMAs create a market for niche investment strategies?
Q&A: Robo SMAs will Replace Mutual Funds A follow up to last week's post.
Robo SMAs will Replace Mutual Funds Robo technology is not a threat to advisors. It's a threat to mutual funds.

Why Not Direct Indexes? A look at common objections to direct indexing.
Sleeves vs. No Sleeves

Video: The Sleeves Conundrum Sleeves were created for one purpose, but now they’re used for another. It’s not a good idea.

The Case Against Sleeves A detailed look at the drawbacks of sleeve level reporting.

Q&A: The Case Against Sleeves Answering the questions that arise from considering the drawbacks of sleeve level reporting.

The Ultimate Guide to Sleeves, Part I It’s not the stuff of cocktail party chatter, but the answer you give to the “sleeves” vs. “no sleeves” question will shape your entire wealth management program. A description of sleeve level accounting, sleeve-level rebalancing and sleeve-level reporting — and the pros and cons of using each.

The Ultimate Guide to Sleeves, Part II Between a rock and hard place: managing client interests versus client expectations when it comes to sleeve-level accounting, rebalancing and reporting.

Don’t Treat Individual Investors like Institutions Why the institutional model of asset management doesn’t serve the needs of individual investors.

A Guide to Choosing a Rebalancing System A look at two key architectural differences that fundamentally set rebalancing systems apart: sleeve vs. sleeveless, and rules vs. optimization.

Video: The Downside of Sleeves Sleeves are mainly used to help generate sleeve-level performance reports, but they have some pretty big downsides.

Tax Management & Customization

A Guide to Tax Management We break it down and describe some of the challenges.

A User's Guide to Portfolio Customization What is it and what is it good for?

Terminology Guides

Video : A Guide to SMAs The past, present, and future of SMAs.

Video: A Guide to UMAs The evolution of SMAs and UMAs.

A Guide to SMAs and UMAs The history and current meaning(s) of SMA and UMA.

A Model of Miscommunication A guide to the confusion-causing multiple meanings of common terms in wealth management.

Choose Your Words Carefully The negative connotations of "investment model."

The State of the Industry

The Three Types of Wealth Management Firms The three kinds of wealth management firms: Product Vendors, Customized Traders and Planner/Coaches.

ESGs: An Ugly Duckling No More ESG takes its place as a standard form of customization.

Are Your Portfolios Noisy? Most drift is not the result of customization or tax management. It’s just noise, and it’s avoidable.

Householding: Time to Get Your House in Order "Householding” means managing multiple accounts to a single goal, leveraging tax-advantaged accounts where possible. The point is not just to manage each account well. It’s to manage the accounts as a whole well.

Q&A: ESG Investing Q&A from a talk at Cambridge's Venture Cafe on "ESG and Technology" 
Advisor Autonomy or a Consistent Client Experience? The pros and cons of each and where the industry is headed.
Risky Business: The Art of Risk Profiling Risk profiling may seem scientific, but it's really more art than science.
Holiday Posts

Security Selection via the Random Feline Walk Method Unbelievable performance from a simple stock selection approach.

Thank You From Smartleaf (and the lobsters) Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Smartleaf.

In Praise of Revolution The American revolution is close to home.

A Wealth Management Horror Story The (not actually so scary) story of an IRS audit.

Happy Holidays from Smartleaf From Smartleaf to you and yours, a holiday poem.



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