NU Online News Service, June 6, 12:25 p.m. – Oberon Financial Technology, Inc. Sunnyvale, Calif., says its Web-based managed account system is now helping financial advisors handle $500 million in client assets.
Oberon, a 3-year-old Web services company, is giving credit for its growth to expansion of managed account programs at four client companies: Transamerica Financial Advisor Inc., San Francisco; Crowell Weedon & Company, Los Angeles; Sincere & Company, Holliston, Mass.; and C. E. Unterberg Towbin, New York.
Oberon also announced that another large advisory company, Securities America Inc., Omaha, Neb., has agreed to use the wrap account version of its managed account system.
Oberon may be one of the few investment technology startups that has good news to celebrate, given the sorry state of much of the rest of the investment industry.
“We’re certainly happy we got here in such a somber market,” says Oberon spokesman Viggy Mokkarala.
A managed account program is a modern, high-tech version of what used to be called a “well-managed brokerage account.”
Instead of putting cash in stock mutual funds and bond mutual funds, or one or two hot stocks, a client with a large asset base invests in a large, diversified collection of individual bonds and individual stocks.