WisdomTree Investments teamed with JPMorgan’s 55ip to launch a tax-smart solution for advisors.
WisdomTree’s model portfolios combined with 55ip’s technology allows advisors to transition clients into diversified WisdomTree model portfolios while managing capital gains, WisdomTree said.
The new offering is “driven by 55ip’s tax-smart investment strategy engine” and “uses intelligent automation to help advisors unlock efficiencies, achieve scale and deliver a more transparent model portfolio selection experience to their clients,” WisdomTree said. JPMorgan acquired fintech startup 55ip last year.
The solution is available now to RIAs within the WisdomTree ecosystem, but is “expected to be expanded in the future to additional channels including independent broker-dealers,” it said.
Through the 55ip integration, advisors and their clients can access: ActiveTax Technology, including tax-smart transition, management and withdrawals combined with WisdomTree model portfolios; automated trading and rebalancing in the 55ip platform, streamlining account management; and customized client reporting including Tax Savings Reports.
The solution uses WisdomTree’s Modern Alpha ETF Model Portfolios, launched in 2013 with growth, income and wealth preservation investment objectives in mind.
The new solution’s onboarding process follows three simple steps: Advisors select the portfolio that best aligns with a client’s goals on the 55ip platform; based on the client’s portfolio, the solution generates a tax-smart plan to transition the assets to the new model portfolio over time; and advisors receive proposal and reporting information to share with clients, helping them understand the potential tax advantages with ongoing, automated tax management.
RBC Expands Online Tool to More Than 2,000 Advisors
RBC Wealth Management – U.S. has launched Business Compass, a proprietary, online planning tool developed by the firm’s Practice Management and Teams division.
The launch follows what it said was a “successful pilot implementation” among more than 150 practices and now makes the tool available to more than 2,000 advisors, it said.
Financial advisors with a clear and documented business plan are 92% more productive in their practices than those without. However, a 2018 study by Business Health revealed that only one in five practices held such a plan, RBC said. The tool was designed to close that gap in business planning and help advisors succeed, it noted.