Based on 2018 revenue data, we have compiled a list of the top 5 broker dealers/networks for 2019, and the usual suspects dominated the top of the list once again. LPL Financial, Ameriprise Financial Services and Raymond James were first, second and third, respectively, which mimics 2018 rankings exactly. Cetera Financial Group and Advisor Group's member firms combined revenues bring them into the fourth and fifth positions.
We are excited to announce that we have added 15 independent broker dealers to the IFS platform. These BDs have chosen the IFS platform to transform and modernize their brokerage operations and are gaining the efficiencies, enhanced service capabilities and digital experiences that IFS delivers. With the addition of these firms to its client roster, IFS is adding over 22,000 advisors to the platform and extending the reach of digital enablement to their clients.
Boy! We have some really smart people in our industry! We just came back from the InvestmentNews Innovation Summit in NYC, where IFS was very graciously nominated at a finalist in the Advisor Fintech category by a committee of industry innovators and leaders. Out of hundreds of nominees, we make the top three, a high honor indeed! The afternoon was spent hearing from the icons of the industry, those that have paved the way to better solutions, innovative approaches, and a deeper understanding of what people are looking for from financial professionals.
Topics: Industry Awards
No, we aren't talking about the GRAMMYs, Golden Globes or Emmy Awards. We're talking about the most exciting awards programs in the financial services arena! IFS has scooped its second award nomination in just one month. We are excited to announce that IFS has been recognized by InvestmentNews as a top Adviser FinTech provider. IFS is one of just three finalists in the Adviser FinTech category of the 2019 InvestmentNews Innovation Awards. This award honors firms that demonstrate innovative approaches to the opportunities and challenges facing the financial advice profession." We are looking forward to celebrating with the rest of the finalists next month in NYC at the Innovation Summit & Awards Dinner, alongside some of the most inspiring visionaries in the industry!
Topics: Industry Awards
We are thrilled to announce that we have been selected as a finalist for the 2019 FTF News Technology Innovation Awards! Great things have been happening in FinTech in recent years, and we are ecstatic to be a part of the innovation and excitement. We have been shortlisted in the "Software Solution of the Year" category, which recognizes software systems/applications that have broken new ground in the area of securities operations. In 2018, IFS's technology was used to help brokerage and wealth organizations blaze the trail of digital transformation and client enablement.
In our post last week, we explored three factors we think will drive industry innovation and decision-making for individual firms in 2019. This week, we’re revisiting those themes in a different context. Last week’s post focused on each high level trend and what it means at the industry and firm level. Since 2018 was called “The Year of the Customer” across industries—and we don’t see that emphasis changing any time soon—this week’s post will explore those same trends from the perspective of the customer.
As we enter 2019, we are faced with continuous fears and uncertainty around a looming recession. So it should come as no surprise that, in our view, the year ahead will be focused on two key concepts that stand the test of time: maximizing margins and increasing value.
As another year comes to a close, we are pausing to reflect on the highlights, challenges, acheivements and lessons learned from 2018. 2018 was an exciting year filled with expansion and innovation for IFS, and we are grateful to our clients, partners and employees who made it another successful year. In this post, we are sharing our top highlights from 2018. Feel free to comment with your highlights from the year.
Wow, what a year of everyone running towards the same flag at the top of the hill! Trillions of dollars in assets are up-for-grabs, and the transfer of assets is taking place. Just like in the dot-com era, where we heard much about counting eyeballs, this race is about capturing assets.