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An Index to the Smartleaf Blog

An inventory of our blog 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's Top Blog Posts of 2018 From new wealth management to sleeve-based investing, here are our top five blog posts of 2018.

2018 Taxes Saved: Documenting the Value of Tax Management How much Smartleaf users saved their clients in 2018.

Video: Smartleaf Architecture - How We Do It  A video animation of portfolio management using the Smartleaf system.

Spotlight: Smartleaf Client Services We talk with Bob McKinley, head of client services, about the role of client services in a software firm.

Smartleaf InVest 2019 Demo: Householding A seven-minute demo of Smartleaf's householding functionality.

Smartleaf's Top Blog Posts of 2019 Smartleaf’s top posts of 2019: wealth management myths, peer commentary, demos — and more.

Smartleaf Demo: Automated Customized Trades An account-level look at customized trades within the Smartleaf system

Why Smartleaf Isn't the Right Fit for Everyone We re-engineer wealth management workflows. It's not always the right fit for everyone. 

 

 

Automated Rebalancing

The Difference Between Smartleaf and an OptimizerThe 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. 
 
Tax-Optimized Householding What is householding and what's required to do it well?
 
 
 
 

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.

Four Reasons to Rethink Your Service Model Four strategic initiatives powered by automated rebalancing

Three Ways Rebalancing Tech is Disrupting Wealth Management Three predictions about radical rebalancing technology

 

 

Direct Indexes & SMAs

Direct Indexes: Cheaper than 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.

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

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 We want to talk about sleeves. Not the things on your shirt, but sleeve-based portfolio management, sometimes called partitioned portfolio management.

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?

Why Tax Loss Harvesting Really Matters We address common objections to loss harvesting.

Gains Deferral: The Core of Tax Management Loss harvesting gets all the attention, but it's gains deferral that does most of the work.

Video: What to Look for in a Tax Management System The six tools you should have in your tax management toolkit.

 

 

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."

Demystifying Artificial Intelligence Everything you always wanted to know about AI, but were too afraid to ask

 

 

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.

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

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.

What Your Peers Are Saying What senior wealth and asset management executives think are the industry's biggest threats and opportunities.

Mutual Funds and ETFs Are Dead $0 stock commissions are another nail in the coffin of mutual funds and ETFs

Jack Bogle, Smartleaf and the Low Cost Revolution Smartleaf's foundation was built on Jack Bogle's low cost and low tax revolution

 

 

Commentary

On where the wealth industry is heading:

On the wealth industry today:

On direct indexes:

On tax management:

On automation:

 

News

AdvisorEngine Enhances Rebalancing and Trading Capabilities, Integrates with Smartleaf Smartleaf automated intelligent rebalancing is now available to AdvisorEngine clients at no additional cost

Raptor Trading Systems Announces Successful Trading Platform Integration with Smartleaf Raptor Trading Systems and Smartleaf successfully integrate their systems to create an industry-leading automated rebalancing and trade order management solution

Smartleaf Featured in WealthTech Club Gerard Michael, Co-Founder and President of Smartleaf, was featured in WealthTech Club's latest research and analysis report

Smartleaf Powers High Service, High Growth Strategy for Altium Wealth Smartleaf technology enables Altium to bring ultra-high net worth portfolio operations in-house and deliver highly customized, tax-optimized solutions at scale. 

Smartleaf Introduces Automated Household-Level Rebalancing at User Group Smartleaf unveiled its upcoming automated household rebalancing functionality at the Smartleaf Summit user conference

First Western Trust Chooses Smartleaf to Enrich Its Boutique Wealth Management Offering First Western Trust leverages Smartleaf to offer clients the highest level of customization and tax management services, an important component of First Western Trust’s vision to be the best private bank for the western wealth management client

 

 

Holiday Posts

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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