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Creating an Ecosystem for Sophisticated Investors to Gain an Edge

Posted by Philip Kessler, JD on 6/14/19 8:45 AM

If you have been following our briefings, you know that we have a blunt view of the financial services industry and how sophisticated investors can gain an edge in mitigating financial complexity and planning for their financial destinations. We have stated ad nauseam that there’s no longer a secret sauce when it comes to asset allocation or portfolio rebalancing. Computers do this stuff now and the services themselves are a commodity, so we don’t think that investors should pay for it.

So how can investors gain an edge?

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Topics: Asset Management, Financial Planning

Asymmetrical Relationships for Investment Managers Are Over

Posted by Philip Kessler, JD on 4/26/19 8:45 AM

More than a year ago, I published a piece for Investments and Wealth Monitor that was a follow up to an interview I participated in as part of the Schwab Impact Conference in 2016. It felt appropriate to resurface the article now because many of the ideas are increasingly mainstream today even if they felt a little radical only a few years ago.  Alas, it’s important for affluent investors to discern between talking points and the implementation of tools that will assist with financial self-actualization.

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Topics: Investment Advice, Financial Planning

A financial revolution: algorithms, automation, and advisors

Posted by Philip Kessler, JD on 4/5/19 8:45 AM

The investment management industry continues to experience exponential change due to the impact of Moore’s Law, as the application of technology is growing more profound.  But despite the pie in the sky predictions that Robo-Advisors would dismember the brokerage firms by replacing human advisors, this hasn’t been the case. Still, the changing relationship between algorithms, automation, and advisors cannot be dismissed. The common denominator in this paradigm shift is the use of exchange-traded funds to build and manage portfolios. In fact, one could argue that algorithm-driven ETF platforms have been as impactful as the ATM machine. 

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Topics: Technology & Investing, Financial Planning

SWS Partners' Greatest Hits (Vol. 1)

Posted by Philip Kessler, JD on 3/22/19 8:45 AM

Two years ago, we committed to utilizing digital communication channels with our clients and prospective clients. We were determined to be thoughtful and to publish items of value. Still, the most harrowing part of taking on this sort of initiative was wondering what would resonate with our audience. Will people care about this?!

Our digital platform is instrumental in answering this question because it delivers rich user analytics each time we published something. We constantly monitor these stats to understand the tastes and preferences of our audience. It has guided us forward.

After publishing more than 75 blogs, here's one of the most popular ones:

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Topics: Transparency in Investing, Technology & Investing

What Makes SWS Partners Different?

Posted by Philip Kessler, JD on 3/15/19 8:45 AM

My partners and I are often asked, "what makes your firm different?"

We love to answer this question because our firm is a leader in providing contemporary financial planning and asset management solutions. Still, even for the most discerning of investors, it is critical to highlight what makes us unique. 

Here are what we call our brand pillars. They define our firm, our value proposition, and what we seek to deliver to our clients. Most importantly, they demonstrate how we are, in fact, different:

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Topics: Technology & Investing, Asset Management, Financial Planning

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May 2019 Dynamic Growth Opportunities Turns One: Portfolio Update

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May 2019 Dynamic Growth Opportunities Fact sheet

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March 2019 From the Desk of the CIO: Unleashing Asset Allocation Benefits

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January 2019 From the Desk of the CIO: Q4 2018 Market Update

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December 2018 From the Desk of the CIO: Volatility in Context

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October 2018 From the Desk of the CIO: Q3 2018 Market Update

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July 2018 From the Desk of the CIO: Q2 2018 Market Update

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July 2018 From the Desk of the CIO: Growth Becoming "The Market"

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April 2018 From the Desk of the CIO: The Current Opportunities

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How Technology's Massive Impact on Investing Can Help Shareholders

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The Financial Revolutionist: Investment management's "galling reality."

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FA Magazine: Running Leaner And Meaner With Tech

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