Technologies like TradePMR’s Fusion platform may offer more capabilities than RIAs realize
RIAs looking to build a tech stack face a big challenge: where to begin?
RIAs looking to build a tech stack face a big challenge: where to begin?
Gainesville, Fla. – May 11, 2022 – TradePMR, a technology and custodial services provider for RIAs, received the highest average advisor satisfaction rating from more than 4,495 financial advisors for its Fusion platform in both the Custodial Platforms and Online Portfolio Management categories. These rankings were highlighted in the T3/Inside Information Survey1, an annual survey distributed and analyzed by industry veterans Joel Bruckenstein and Bob Veres that was released at the T3 Advisor Conference in Denton, Texas. The survey results were collected from December 2021 through March 2022.
It is not surprising that RIA firms capture and have access to an enormous amount of data about their prospects and clients. Many advisory firms capture a large amount of client data during their initial discovery process with the client, and that data continues to build over the course of the client relationship.
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Finding a new custodial service provider can be tricky. How can you be sure that they’re offering everything your RIA needs? How can you be confident that their technology, service, and resources will support your growing firm?
RIA firm data can influence everything from operations to client service to firm valuation. But before advisors can look to analyze and utilize that data, they need to figure out what data they have. One of the first points about data that we need to clarify is how that data is formatted. Data sets can be considered either structured or unstructured.
When breaking away from a wirehouse to launch a new RIA, advisors are faced with a significant decision. Do they choose to work with a big-name custodian that they’ve known about for years? Or do they leap and work with a more boutique offering that could be a better fit for their business but may not have the scale they’re used to from their wirehouse?
At TradePMR, we believe that for technology to fit the needs of RIAs, it must evolve. What worked five years ago may not make sense today, and almost certainly will be outdated five years from now.
Brian Bischoff started his career like many other RIAs: at a wirehouse. Today, he is a principal and financial advisor at Bischoff Wealth Management in Greenwood, Indiana.
“White-glove service” is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot. It seems like every vendor boasts white-glove service, but what does that really mean?
SYNERGY22 is rapidly approaching, and there is a lot to look forward to. While there will be no shortage of exciting sessions, guest speakers and networking events, there is one time slot that we're particularly excited for – Fusion Roadmap Preview: 10 a.m. ET on Friday, May 27.
TradePMR started with one big goal in mind: to offer RIAs a custodial service provider that understands their needs and provides support and technology designed to facilitate their success. For more than 20 years, we feel like we’ve done just that.
For RIAs, finding the right technology can be critical. Technology doesn’t just save advisors time – it can transform their practice and set them up for the future. However, we have often seen RIAs make the mistake of bringing on technology that may be the right fit for the advisors but isn’t necessarily top-of-the-line for other employees at the firm.
Do you own your client data? The answer may not be as simple as you think. Understanding what data you have access to and how to leverage it for your business can be a crucial step for RIAs looking to reach the next level for their business.
We believe SYNERGY22 is going to be more than a conference – we think it’s an opportunity. An opportunity for our team to connect face-to-face with advisors on our platform, many of whom have joined since the start of the pandemic. It’s an opportunity for us to learn about advisors’ experiences and hear how we can continue working to deliver an exceptional experience to you and your teams. For advisors, it’s an opportunity to network, grow, and learn about the ways TradePMR continues to evolve.
So, you’ve been searching for a new custodial services provider and are considering making a switch or adding a new provider to your roster. No small task – there are seemingly endless factors to consider before making the leap and adding a new platform.
It’s hard to believe that it’s almost been three years since our last SYNERGY conference. With the pandemic forcing us to push off our 2020 and 2021 in-person events, we’re more eager now than ever for a reunion.
I started my career as a financial advisor. I was one of the few advisors who launched an RIA back in the 90s – I immediately fell in love. I loved having the freedom to build my business the way I wanted to and work with clients the way I had always envisioned. I felt like the independent model let me focus 100% on my clients without any conflicts of interest. Having started my career as a broker at a larger financial institution, owning my own RIA was a dream come true.
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RIAs face difficult decisions every day. They are constantly looking for ways to improve their business while maintaining stellar service for their clients. Even when there is an opportunity to enhance the technology suite or upgrade providers, the anticipated pain of change can be enough for advisors to push off a move.
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It’s time for “the talk” with your clients. You have decided to switch custodial service providers and need to let your clients know. Taking this leap can be an excellent move for RIAs eyeing to grow and expand their offerings. Financial advisors currently in a wirehouse setting, also see switching affiliations or channels to become a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) as a way to build financial value and gain greater independence, according to a recent survey from Cerulli Associates1.
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TradePMR CEO and Founder Robb Baldwin has published a piece in this year’s WealthManagement Midyear Outlook titled, “Take Control of Your Custodial Transition.” Having tackled hundreds of technology and custodial service moves over the years, Robb shares his advice on steps RIAs can take to streamline their custodial service and technology transition. He points to the importance of owning client data, how advisors can leverage the strength of their entire team and offers advice on how RIAs can keep their clients front and center throughout their transition.
With a strong vaccination rollout and states nationwide removing COVID-19 restrictions, everything is starting to feel “normal.” While we’re all likely going to keep up some of our pandemic practices – for example Zoom meetings and hybrid office models – there will certainly be a return to in-person meetings and events. So, how can we navigate this move? How can advisors capture this moment to create opportunities for their business?
Summer is a great time to take a deep breath, relax, and realign. Of course, there is plenty of work to be done, but in the proverbial summer slowdown, many advisors block off time to take stock of what is working and what is not. Are budgets and goals for the year in alignment with their spending and growth? Is the firm in the best position to succeed moving forward?
At the end of 2020, Fairhaven Wealth Management, a Chicago-based RIA (registered investment advisor), decided it was time for a change. They set an ambitious goal of transitioning over $700 million in client assets to a new custodial services provider in under six weeks. They managed to evaluate multiple custodians, decide on TradePMR, and complete the transition within that six-week timeline. Here is how they did it.
A new account uploader tool could solve two of an advisor's biggest operational challenges when switching custodians - opening and transferring accounts.
Trying to decide which technology and custodial service provider is right for your firm? The process is a time-consuming task. We know your time is limited, so we put together a high-level overview of what you and your team can expect to learn during the 30-minute on-demand Fusion technology demo.
At TradePMR, data security is a top priority. Maintaining the confidentiality of your clients’ data is necessary, and we work to make sure we are doing everything in our power to protect that data. To that end, we recently decided to undergo a voluntary System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type II audit. This test provides an assessment of our security and privacy control environment and is a way for us to confirm if our current systems are working effectively in maintaining data security. The audit was conducted to evaluate TradePMR’s broker-dealer services and our advisor management software.
Why should financial advisors care that TradePMR's Fusion platform ranked number one in advisor satisfaction among some of the most popular custodial platforms in the 2021 T3/Inside Information Advisor Software Survey?1 Simple – because your peers voted it number #1. Advisors who use it day-in and day-out see how its different, not just industry judges. While good technology and service may seem like table stakes, we'd like to highlight what these concepts mean to us at TradePMR and why, we believe, advisors using our Fusion platform ranked it at the top of some of the most popular custodial platforms.
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Gainesville, Fla. – March 23, 2021 – TradePMR, a technology and custodial services provider for RIAs, received the highest average advisor satisfaction rating from more than 5,200 financial advisors for its Fusion platform. This recognition, which asks advisors to compare all the top custodial services providers' trading platforms, was included in the T3/Inside Information Advisor Software Survey1. The annual survey, distributed and analyzed by industry veterans Joel Bruckenstein and Bob Veres, was released this week following an online survey collection in the second half of 2020.
TradePMR, a technology and custodial services provider that works exclusively with Registered Investment Advisors, is expanding. The firm has announced the opening of an operations center in Tampa, Fla. The new location will house a variety of positions in technology including IT, infrastructure, development, and business operations such as trading and business analysts.
New integration with Flyer available to automate trading with third-party portfolio management and rebalancing platforms.
Robb Baldwin, founder and CEO of TradePMR, has been recognized in conjunction with John Peluso, head of First Clearing, for their efforts to launch an RIA channel within a wirehouse. The magazine cites,
TradePMR to match dollar-for-dollar on wristband sales up to $1000.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – May 10, 2019 – TradePMR, a technology and custodial services provider, has been named a winner of the 2019 Excellence in Customer Service Award presented by Business Intelligence Group. TradePMR was one of seven small businesses from across the globe that was recognized as organization of the year for providing a differentiated level of customer service.
GAINESVILLE, Fla., April 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- TradePMR, a technology and custodial services provider, is rolling out new augmented reality technology for advisor recruitment. The technology, which blends virtual objects with real-world settings, is intended to give financial advisors a preview of what it would be like to work with TradePMR. The first experience, an invitation to the firm's annual advisor conference Synergy 2019, was released to advisors today. Future uses include a virtual tour of TradePMR's headquarters and tech demonstrations all with built-in messages from TradePMR leadership, including exclusive content for advisors.
GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- TradePMR, a brokerage and custodian services provider, has earned top marks for their Fusion technology platforms in a satisfaction survey of more than 5,500 advisors. The results of the 2019 Software Survey, conducted by industry veterans Joel Bruckenstein and Bob Veres, were released at the recent T3 Advisor Conference in Denton, Texas.
Highlights of the interview with Robb include:
GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- TradePMR, a brokerage and custodian services provider, is supporting a team of four University of South Florida students at this year's T3 Technology Conference for financial advisors happening Jan. 29–Feb. 1, 2019, in Denton, Texas. The competition dubbed "T3 Mash Up" is comprised of four competing teams that have been charged with creating and executing a concept or product that is new to the financial services industry or furthers an existing project or adds a useful feature.
It is believed that the millennial generation, born between 1982 and 1994, often get a bad rap in the financial advice space for being over-confident, mistrusting and obsessed with technology, but a new research study sponsored by the CFA institute and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation puts into question these beliefs and challenges us to think of this demographic in new ways.
When TradePMR, a custodial and brokerage-services provider dedicated to serving registered investment advisors (RIAs), announced their plans earlier this year to celebrate its 20th anniversary by organizing and participating in 20 service projects, all led and staffed by TradePMR employees, it sounded like an ambitious goal.
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It is customary this time of year to pause in our pursuit of the “next big thing” in order to better appreciate what we have already. Before you set your business goals and resolutions for the new year, consider stopping for a moment and giving thanks for the people, circumstances and opportunities which contributed to your success in 2018 and are providing the foundation on which you can continue to grow your business in 2019.
As Social Media Director at TradePMR, Monika Baldwin is able to deliver messages of positivity and accountability across the many communities she is a member of, both professionally and personally. Regardless of the community, Baldwin works to lift up those she encounters. “Empowered women empower other women,” Baldwin said. “One of the best ways to empower others is to lead by example.”
The custodial services provider earns nod for the rollout of Earnwise platform.
The custodial services provider earns nod for the rollout of Earnwise platform.
In April 2018, the SEC attempted to tackle the Fiduciary debate with its proposed Standard of Conduct Proposal. The proposed new rule, 204-5, would require an investment adviser to deliver a relationship summary to each retail investor before or at the time the adviser enters into an investment advisory agreement, as well as, to existing clients one-time within a specified time period after the effective date of the proposed amendments.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. [May 30, 2018] – TradePMR, a custodial and brokerage-services provider dedicated to serving registered investment advisors (RIAs), today announced plans for their year-long “20-for-20 Initiative.” TradePMR will celebrate its 20th anniversary by organizing and participating in 20 service projects, all led and staffed by TradePMR employees.
We’re so excited! TradePMR will gather with a select group of registered investment advisors (RIAs) from across the country to celebrate our 20th anniversary at TradePMR’s annual Synergy conference May 16-18 in San Diego. This year's conference theme "Get There" will steer conversations during a jam-packed, three-day agenda intended to arm growth-minded advisors with the tools and resources they need to streamline their businesses and navigate headwinds.
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Gainesville, FL – 2016 – Trailing Stop orders can be an invaluable tool for Financial Advisors providing added flexibility in helping secure profits through automatically adjusting an open stop order as markets move in their favor.
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Miami, FL – February 9, 2013 – Today during the T3 Conference in Miami, FL TradePMR announced it is developing a new Advisor Workstation designed for use with today’s touch screen devices.
Gainesville, FL – November 19, 2012 – TradePMR today announced the release of single sign-on support for the JVB Financials Bond Platform.
Gainesville, Florida – October 19, 2012 - TradePMR today announced that it has successfully completed a Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagement No. 16 (SSAE 16 or SOC 1) Type I audit for their introducing Broker Dealer services and their top rated advisor management software. SSAE 16 superseded SAS 70 on June 15, 2011. SAS 70 was an internationally recognized auditing standard developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the new SSAE 16 standard comes with additional requirements for service organizations. A SSAE 16 engagement is performed by an independent auditing firm and examines the controls and processes involved in storing and handling data securely. The successful completion of the voluntary audit illustrates TradePMR’s ongoing commitment to create and maintain the most stringent controls for the protection and security of its customers’ confidential information. More information about TradePMR and their services can be found at www.tradepmr.com.
Gainesville, FL – September 17, 2012 – TradePMR today announced support for Crews & Associates Bond Platform.
Gainesville, FL – August 17, 2012 – TradePMR announced today its sponsorship of the 2013 T3 Conference February 11-13th 2013 at the Hilton Miami Downtown in Miami, Florida. The conference features David Drucker and Joel Bruckenstein, two of the financial planning industry’s most respected thought leaders.
Gainesville, FL – July 9, 2012 – Trade-PMR today announced the launch of complex options order entry capabilities on its advisor workstation. These capabilities enhance Trade-PMR’s options offering by allowing advisors to choose from a variety of industry-standard trading strategies, or create their own custom trading strategies.
Gainesville, FL – April 24, 2012 – Today TradePMR announced another significant upgrade to its Advisor Workstation. Using Site Builder, TradePMR has tightly integrated Morningstar’s outstanding tools and content into its already highly regarded platform. The new tools include Morningstar Report, Morningstar Screeners, and the Portfolio Snapshot report. Morningstar QuoteSpeed rounds out this powerful collection of resources designed to give advisors the industry leading tools they need to be more successful.
Gainesville, FL – March 1st, 2011 – TradePMR today announced the 2011 version of their annual advisor conference, Synergy, will be held in Orlando, FL at the Hilton Walt Disney World Resort across adjacent to Downtown Disney.
Gainesville, FL – January 21st, 2011 – TradePMR today announced their participation in the T3 conference to be held at the Grand Hyatt Bonaventure Hotel in Weston Florida, February 16-19th, 2011. The conference features David Drucker and Joel Bruckenstein, two of the financial planning industry’s most respected thought leaders.
Gainesville, FL – December 16, 2010 – TradePMR, Inc, today announced that in January 2011, Frederick A. Van Den Abbeel, Executive Vice-President responsible for marketing the firm’s brokerage and institutional custody services for Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firms and Hybrid Advisors, will be establishing a new national business development office in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Gainesville, FL – July 12th, 2010 –Today TradePMR announced a significant upgrade to their model trading system. In this new release, advisors are now able to assign any number of portfolio models to a single account. This new feature allows advisors to better match the investment objectives of their clients without the need to create custom models on a per account basis. Models are assigned to accounts by percentage and can contain any number of securities.
Gainesville, FL – June 8th, 2010 – TradePMR today announced the release of the eCustody Learning Center, a portal designed to augment the company’s outstanding customer service by giving advisors answers to common questions in a self-paced environment. This is the latest in a series of enhancements to its best-of-breed eCustody Advisor Workstation that improves Registered Investment Advisor’s (RIAs) daily workflow. By incorporating best practices in these videos, advisors can get up to speed quickly on the ever growing feature set of TradePMR’s platform.
Gainesville, FL – February 19th, 2010 – TradePMR today announced the release of its second-generation enhanced performance reporting solution. Continuing on the success of its prior release, the performance reporting system adds enhanced capability and ease of use. In addition to generating reports on a single account basis, performance can now be calculated, using eCustody CRM data, allowing consolidated reports to be generated across clients and households.
Gainesville, FL – February 18th, 2010 – TradePMR today announced the release of its integrated Client Relationship Management (CRM) module into its eCustody Advisor Workstation. The CRM module, specifically designed with RIAs in mind, allows the management of Clients, Households, and Prospects. Different users within an Advisor’s office can view and share contacts, notes, and tasks.
Gainesville, FL – February 16th, 2010 – TradePMR today announced the release of its integration of Advisor Exchange's TotalView into its proprietary eCustody Advisor Workstation. As an industry leader in the brokerage and custodial services to independent Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs), TradePMR works with more than 550 financial advisors nationwide. The integration between TotalView and eCustody will provide those advisors with on-demand access to a complete view of their clients' entire financial portfolio, including assets held at competing brokerage firms. Advisors also will be able to move client data seamlessly into a variety of business applications.
Gainesville, FL – February 16th, 2010 – TradePMR today announced the release of its paperless account opening system. This is the latest in a series of enhancements to its best-of-breed eCustody Advisor Workstation that improves Register Investment Advisor’s (RIAs) daily workflow. The system is designed to allow RIAs to open TradePMR accounts without the need for paper documents. By partnering with a leading identity verification company, eCustody is able to successfully verify the identity of applicants and create a digital signature in many cases. This means an Advisor client can digitally sign their account documents, streamlining the account opening process. In addition, eCustody supports electronic account transfers to allow assets to be moved with as little delay as possible.
Gainesville, FL – November 01, 2008 – TradePMR, Inc. a leader in providing broker services to Investment Advisors, has integrated the Redtail Technologies, Inc. Client Relationship Management (CRM) solution into its new eCustody Advisor Platform. The CRM system is designed to meet the challenging needs of financial advisors by providing online tools for client management, sales automation, client support and marketing automation. “Redtail Technology’s CRM aligns well with our RIA platform strategy by providing our clients with an excellent tool to manage and grow their practices”, said Dennis Suppe, Chief Technology Officer of TradePMR.
Gainesville, FL – August 01, 2008 – TradePMR, Inc., today announced that Frederick A. Van Den Abbeel has joined the firm as Executive Vice President. In his new role, Van Den Abbeel will be responsible for marketing TradePMR’s Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) institutional custodian capabilities.