Wealth Management

Have you ever wondered exactly what stocks and bonds make up your mutual fund? While diversification and professional management are huge benefits, you may want a timelier picture of your investments than these vehicles allow. This is where separately managed accounts (SMAs) offer a distinct advantage.


Unlike mutual funds, SMAs provide direct ownership of the underlying securities in your portfolio. This transparency lets you see exactly what you're invested in, empowering you to adjust more quickly if desired.


For instance, making informed and timely decisions is particularly useful when aligning your values to your portfolio. SMAs, with their immediate transparency and ability to customize holdings, allow for quicker adjustments if needed.


On the other hand, mutual funds typically update their holdings lists every quarter, which may be too much of a delay for your liking. And, by the time you see that report, the fund may have already bought or sold securities. With an SMA, you and your advisor have real-time access to your holdings, enabling you to stay on top of your investments and adjust as market conditions or your personal preferences evolve.

Finsum: The timely transparency of separately managed accounts is important to investors seeking to align their portfolio to their values.


Many advisors are apprehensive about contemplating a switch to a new firm. They fear the process will be complicated and full of risk. But what if the recruiting process itself could be a valuable source of insight?


As the saying goes, "how a person does one thing is how they do all things." This principle often applies to organizations as well. Finding a firm that prioritizes a smooth and transparent transition can be a strong indicator of how they'll be as a partner in the future.


A transparent and efficient onboarding experience demonstrates the firm's respect for your time and commitment to setting you up for success. Transparency throughout the process also demonstrates the firm's commitment to open communication, a cornerstone of any successful long-term relationship.


Don't let the fear of a complex transition process hold you back from exploring new opportunities. Use the recruiting process as an opportunity to gain valuable insights into the organization's culture and working style. By prioritizing transparency and ease of interaction, you can find a firm that truly values you and sets you up for a thriving long-term partnership.

Finsum: Financial advisors searching for a new firm can use the recruiting process to gain key insight into how the firm truly operates.


BlackRock (BLK) has unveiled plans to acquire SpiderRock, a prominent provider of technological solutions tailored for financial institutions. This acquisition is set to bolster BlackRock's Aladdin platform, a key player in the world of separately managed accounts (SMAs). 


By integrating SpiderRock's state-of-the-art technology into Aladdin, BlackRock aims to enhance its SMA capabilities, particularly in risk management and trading strategies. According to Cerulli Associates, SMAs are projected to see their assets under management surge to $4 trillion by 2026 from $2.7 trillion, driven primarily by heightened client demand for personalized portfolios offering tax advantages. This strategic move underscores BlackRock's commitment to leveraging advanced analytics within the management sector, enabling clients to optimize operations and mitigate risks more effectively. 


Through this acquisition, BlackRock is poised to pioneer innovative SMA solutions, driving efficiency and productivity across operations and meeting the demand for tax optimization. This development signals a significant step forward in BlackRock's journey toward becoming a leader in SMA, offering tailored solutions to address the evolving needs of investors and wealth managers worldwide.

Finsum: SMAs are fighting atop the industry with model portfolios to be the customized solution. 

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