Interviews

Smart Beta 2.0: Carving a New Pathway in the Wild West of ETFs

By Courtney McQuade on March 23, 2017
Smart Beta ETF Wild West

The world of smart beta is in its infancy. Traditional indexes are constructed based on market capitalization. Creative and resourceful individuals are turning the idea of index construction upside down on its head by introducing new…

Wealth Management: A Digital Perspective from April Rudin

By Courtney McQuade on March 16, 2017
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April Rudin, a top marketing strategist for the financial services and wealth management sectors, founded her wealth management marketing firm in 2008 just as the fintech age began to ramp up, and it’s now exploding. With…

Embracing challenges is the key to success for this female fund manager’s journey

By Courtney McQuade on March 8, 2017
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In honor of International Women’s Day today, I’d like to shine a spotlight on an accomplished woman in the field of asset management. Women are severely underrepresented making up approximately 10% of the fund managers in…

Advisors: Are you ready to take your business to the next level?

By Courtney McQuade on January 26, 2017
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In this age of financial technology (fintech), advisors in all channels must find a way to differentiate themselves in order to survive and succeed. Overall, the financial services industry has been going through significant change at…

Robo-Advisors: It’s all about people

By Courtney McQuade on November 30, 2016
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Investors today want to find a safe place to learn about investing where they feel comfortable enough to ask questions. Can FinTech and Robo-Advisors be the answer? I had the opportunity to speak with Krysten Merriman, head of marketing for…

Five Insights From The Women in Finance Power 100

By Courtney McQuade on November 24, 2016
Five Insights From The Women in Finance Power 100

While robo-advisors are quickly gaining popularity, many agree they’ll never replace the human touch. Why? Because investing has an emotional dimension to it. Most people would agree it’s confusing and scary. Add to that mix a…

Former Robo-Advisor Exec Highlights Why Human Advice is Better

By Courtney McQuade on October 13, 2016
Katharine Earhart, Former Robo-Advisor Exec Highlights Why Human Advice is Better

After a seven-year stint on the retail side with Schwab, Katharine Earhart worked at one of the original robo-advisors – mPower.com Inc., an online advisor to 401Ks , eventually purchased by Morningstar. She then spent 14…

When it comes to the levered ETF crowd, timeliness is the key

By Courtney McQuade on September 26, 2016
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We sat down with Andy O’Rourke, the Chief Marketing Officer at Direxion Funds, whose high-octane ETFs are well known by the trader community and tactical advisors. How would you describe Direxion and its range of products…

Wealth Manager Chronicles Changes in the Industry Past, Present and Future

By Courtney McQuade on August 18, 2016
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I had an opportunity to sit down with Risley Sams, a San Francisco based Wealth Manager, who’s had a long career helping people attain their financial goals. His firm’s motto is “invest with purpose.” Whether its…

A former SEC Commissioner’s perspective on the DOL Fiduciary Rule

By Gerritt Graham on July 28, 2016
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An interview with Dan Gallagher, former SEC Commissioner As part of our Kurtosys Insights series, we caught up with Dan to get his views on the effects of the DOL’s Fiduciary ruling, a potential Trump presidency,…

Report exposes Wealth Managers are failing to reach their digital potential

By Luke Hinchliffe on July 26, 2016
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MyPrivateBanking – an independent research firm based in Switzerland – analysed 15 secure online and mobile presences of 12 wealth managers worldwide, which are only accessible to clients. Using over 60 criteria, they evaluated areas such…

Women in ETFs: My conversation with the co-founder

By Courtney McQuade on July 20, 2016
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Recently I wrote a blog about the commercial importance of targeting women as a separate market segment in the ETF industry. In the blog I mentioned an interview I had with Deborah Fuhr, one of the…

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