If you’re looking for the perfect technology “coming of age” story (and who isn’t?), Cambridge Investment Research just might have it.
When industry heavyweight Eric Schwartz founded the firm in 1992, the IT department consisted of a 16-year-old high school student.
“The kid would be at the office until midnight putting out a fire,” Schwartz relates. “That’s a lot of pressure. If he couldn’t get it figured out, clients would not be able to trade the next day. Eventually his father came in and said it might be too much, and we agreed.”
Enter Ryan Reineke, now the firm’s senior VP of operations and technology. When Reineke joined the firm, it had just parted ways with the tech wunderkind and was in serious need of an upgrade, and upgrade it has.
“We’re about to release WealthPort, a best of breed integration platform for the back office, as well as proposal generation and trading for the front office,” Reineke told AdvisorOne at the 2013 FSI OneVoice Conference in San Diego on Tuesday. “It is a multi-custodian lead into UMAs and other offerings.”
He added that competitors “have built the box,” but Cambridge offers choice and flexibility across the platform.
“It offers things like model management, model trading and reporting. But it’s fully scalable and can perform comprehensive book analysis.”
Noting the conference panel which focused on technology trends for 2013 that occurred earlier in the day, Reineke rhetorically asked, “What is a mobile strategy? How do you define a mobile strategy with an advisor base that has incredibly different value propositions?”