Vestwell named as a Finalist for #XYPN17 FinTech Competition


XY Planning Network to name best-in-class innovation in Financial Planning

Bozeman, MT (July 24, 2017) – XY Planning Network (XYPN) is pleased to announce that seven finalists have been selected to compete in its upcoming Advisor FinTech competition, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 during the organization’s national conference, #XYPN17, in Dallas, Texas.

The XYPN FinTech Competition was created to help promote startup firms that are building technology solutions to help financial advisors better serve Gen X and Gen Y clients, thereby expanding access to financial planning. The popular competition, now in its second year and sponsored by Betterment for Advisors and Quovo, drew more than two dozen submissions, and the seven finalists were chosen by esteemed industry judges Michael Kitces (XYPN), Bill Winterberg (FPPad) and Joe Ziemer (Betterment).  To be considered, finalists had to meet one or more of the following requirements: have a tech offering that launched in the last 12 months, have less than $1 million in revenue to date, or be an existing company with a new feature that is substantially different from the parent company.

The finalists represent all corners of financial planning, from student loan repayment tools to automated investment solutions and a small business retirement plan platform. Each company will have the opportunity to introduce their technology offering to a large, tech-savvy audience of financial planning entrepreneurs, and #XYPN17 is anticipated to draw over 500 attendees next month. Finalists include:

• CSLA Tech Repayment Tracker aims to transform the financial services industry by helping advisors reduce the long-term consequences of student loans.
• DataPoints helps advisors strengthen client relationships using behavioral science, offering advisors a library of tools to assess client psychology and behaviors.
• Loan Buddy is a financial technology platform with a focus on providing solutions for advisors who want to be pioneers in student loan planning.
• RobustWealth aspires to be the best-in-class, low-cost-leading, next-level automated wealth platform for advisors.
• ROL Advisor aims to solve the challenge of adding value in a world where technology and competition are driving down the value of investment management.
• Tolerisk, using patent-pending technology, aims to revolutionize risk tolerance assessments by incorporating cash-flows to separately measure a client’s willingness and ability to take risk.
• Vestwell is a digital retirement platform striving to become an extension of the financial advisor’s services, acting in everyone’s best interests while scaling through technology and allowing financial advisors to focus on clients.

One deserving champion will receive a press release by PR agency FiComm, along with facilitated media introductions. Additional benefits for winning include promotional opportunities through a feature on Bill Winterberg’s FPPad.com, and Michael Kitces’ Nerd’s Eye View at Kitces.com. The champ will also receive interview opportunities to reach a large audience of financial planners on the #XYPNRadio podcast and via the
XYPlanningNetwork.com blog.

These promotional prizes are intended to help the most successful startup offering gain more rapid traction and advisor adoption. Last year’s winner, SnappyKraken saw an immediate impact from their big win. “Entering the XYPN FinTech startup competition was incredible for our business,” said Robert Sofia of SnappyKraken, “Within the first three months of winning, we went from zero to over $700,000 in sales, landed two large
enterprise accounts, and attracted significant investor interest.”

To learn more about each finalist, visit http://blog.xyplanningnetwork.com/advisor-blog/meet-our-2017-fintech-finalists. More information about the XYPN annual conference can be found at xypn17.com.

# # #About XY Planning Network:

About XY Planning Network:
The XY Planning Network is the leading organization for fee-only financial advisors who want to serve their Gen X and Gen Y peers providing comprehensive financial planning services for a monthly subscription fee and without product sales or asset minimums. The Network offers a virtual community for new and established financial advisors who want to serve a younger clientele, and provides its members compliance support services, marketing support, business tools and templates, and a wide range of technology solutions.

Media contact:
Jennifer Mastrud
XY Planning Network
Jennifer@xyplanningnetwork.com

Fiserv Adds Digital Retirement Planning Solution to its Wealth Management Network in Partnership with Vestwell

Single platform strategy unites retirement planning and wealth management

July 10, 2017 – Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV), a leading global provider of financial services technology solutions, announced today that it is integrating digital retirement platform Vestwell into its Unified Wealth Platform. This will enable financial advisors to access retirement planning and wealth management tools on a single platform, improving efficiency and facilitating a better experience for advisors and their clients.

Vestwell will also join the Wealth Management Network from Fiserv, which connects participants across the managed accounts industry.

“Our partnership with Vestwell brings retirement planning and wealth management together, empowering financial advisors while expanding the offerings and enhancing the value they can bring to their clients,” said Cheryl Nash, president, Investment Services, Fiserv. “The ability to offer a flexible, turnkey retirement platform provides advisors with a strong touchpoint and benefits peoples’ financial lives by reducing the time to investment and elevating the digital experience.”

Through the partnership, Fiserv and Vestwell are providing single access point convenience and low-cost, high-value automation, allowing advisors to open a 401(k) that sits alongside their clients’ other accounts that are managed either directly or through a third-party.

Vestwell is the only digital retirement platform that fully integrates the advisor, company and employee experience through a modern, configurable interface. The white-labeled solution allows advisors to deliver a consistent client experience through an open-architecture, multi-custodial, multi-record-keeping platform. Advisors have the option to bundle or unbundle their services while also leveraging administrative and fiduciary services as needed to scale their own advisory business.

Asset managers can also benefit from the solution, which enables them to provide mutual fund and ETF strategies that are managed based on risk tolerance or target retirement dates. As the DOL Fiduciary Rule is implemented, Vestwell helps asset managers align with the new regulations.

“Technology is fueling an industry movement towards holistic planning by helping advisors incorporate retirement planning services that extend beyond the reaches of wealth management,” said Aaron Schumm, founder and CEO, Vestwell. “Our partnership with Fiserv will serve to remove the administrative burden that advisors experience when implementing retirement plans, and will provide advisors with the tools they need to best serve their clients.”

Fiserv is a market leader providing innovative investment services solutions with five million managed accounts supported on its Unified Wealth Platform, representing over $1.4 trillion in assets under management. The Wealth Management Network from Fiserv provides industry access to a vast network of 70 sponsor firms, including eight of the top ten broker-dealers in the U.S., and support for approximately 300 asset managers with easy access to hundreds of model portfolio strategies. This facilitates real-time digital connectivity among all major market participants, including asset managers, broker-dealers, custodians, banks, aggregators, market utilities, advisors, investors and third-party partners.

In a world that is moving faster than ever before, Fiserv helps clients deliver solutions that are in step with the way people live and work today – financial services at the speed of life. Learn more at fiserv.com.

About Vestwell Holdings, Inc.

Vestwell Advisors, LLC is a SEC registered investment advisor, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vestwell Holdings, Inc., specializing in 401(k), 403(b) and other defined contribution and benefit retirement investment management services. Built by an experienced team with an average of 18 years in financial technology, Vestwell assumes 3(38) investment management and ERISA3(16) fiduciary responsibility on the behalf of advisors and their plan sponsor clients. Learn more at Vestwell.com and on Twitter @Vestwell.

This is not an offer, solicitation, or advice to buy or sell securities in jurisdictions where Vestwell Advisors is not registered. An investor should consider investment objectives, risks and expenses before investing. More information is available within Vestwell Advisors’ ADV. There are risks involved with investing. Investors should consider all of their assets, income and investments. Portfolios are subject to change. All opinions and results included in this publication constitute Vestwell Advisors’ judgment as of the date of this publication and are subject to change without notice.

About Fiserv

Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV) enables clients worldwide to create and deliver financial services experiences that are in step with the way people live and work today. For more than 30 years, Fiserv has been a trusted leader in financial services technology, helping clients achieve best-in-class results by driving quality and innovation in payments, processing services, risk and compliance, customer and channel management, and insights and optimization. Fiserv is a member of the FORTUNE® 500 and has been named among the FORTUNE Magazine World’s Most Admired Companies® for four consecutive years, ranking first in its category for innovation in 2016 and 2017. For more information, visit fiserv.com.

Vestwell Expands Team with Paul Newmann as Vice President of Sales

NEW YORK, June 1, 2017 – Vestwell announced today that Paul Newmann joined the company as Vice President of Sales. In this role, Newmann is responsible for implementing business development strategies and goals with financial advisors. In addition, Newmann is tasked with defining sales processes that drive desired sales outcomes as well as identifying improvements where and when required.

“I am thrilled to be a part of Vestwell’s mission to provide affordable retirement products to America’s workforce,” said Newmann. “Vestwell’s hyper-growth traction with advisors and their plan sponsor clients is a testament to the long-delayed innovation the retirement industry has needed. Having centered my career around working with advisors and their plan sponsor clients, it’s exciting to be part of a team that is revolutionizing the advisor-driven financial services industry.”

Prior to joining Vestwell, Newmann served as the head of advisor and channel distribution for the Betterment for Business retirement platform. In this position, he sourced new business for the company’s retirement plan products and oversaw strategic sales operations. Prior to that, Newmann was VP of sales for Mesirow Financial where he worked with the industry’s largest recordkeepers, B/Ds, RIAs, and Asset Managers to drive adoption of 3(21) and 3(38) fiduciary services for retirement plans. Newmann started his career at the communications firm FleishmanHillard as an account supervisor responsible for business development, client relationships and account management for a portfolio of financial services and investor relations clients.

“We are excited to welcome Paul to the Vestwell team. A large part of our early success is backboned by the great talent we have brought together. Paul’s talents are purely additive to Vestwell and our future clients,” said Vestwell CEO Aaron Schumm. “As we strategically build out our sales division, adding leaders like Paul, we will increase our outreach to financial advisors in need of low-cost, simplified retirement solutions.”

Vestwell Debuts Industry’s First Full-Fiduciary, White-Labeled Retirement Platform

Receives $4.5 million to create transparent, accountable, and automated 401(k) and defined contribution platform that gives financial advisors the ability to better service employers and employees.

NEW YORK, NY — SEPTEMBER 20, 2016Vestwell, the industry’s first and only full-fiduciary, white-labeled retirement platform for the RIA community and beyond, emerged from stealth mode today and announced $4.5 million in funding. The seed round of financing was led by FinTech Collective, with participation from F-Prime Capital, Primary Venture Partners and Commerce Ventures.

“Retirement savings is a $25 trillion market opportunity which we think is still best served by financial advisors. Vestwell’s mission is to provide advisors with a modern platform which reduces fees, increases transparency, and ensures compliance in a quickly shifting regulatory landscape,” said Aaron Schumm, founder and CEO of Vestwell.  “We’re thrilled to partner with our deep FinTech-focused investors, who share this vision to build out this essential platform.”

Vestwell’s turnkey solution modernizes the traditional and dated 401(k), 403(b), and defined contribution solutions by combining the best parts of automated investing with the human touch that only trusted advisors can provide. The full product suite includes investment services, trading, administration, custody, recordkeeping, and trustee services.

The recent U.S. Department of Labor’s “conflict of interest” rule changes the way investment advisors will have to run their firms.  While existing retirement solutions can put advisors—and companies—at risk, Vestwell assumes 3(38) and 3(16) fiduciary responsibility which ultimately reduces both financial cost and legal liability.

“With more than 50% of working Americans not contributing to a retirement plan, there is clearly a fundamental problem with the mix of offerings in the market today” said Brooks Gibbins, co-founder and Managing Partner of FinTech Collective. “Vestwell will allow companies to bring more employees into the fold in a guided and low cost manner, while helping advisors grow their assets and increase the quality of their revenue.”

“Vestwell’s platform is unique because it uses automation to empower advisors to offer competitive retirement portfolios while maintaining the human interaction that comes from years of relationship building,” said Benjamin Malka, General Partner of F-Prime Capital. “As fiduciary rules evolve, we see Vestwell not only protecting advisors but also providing them with the tools required to help their clients retire wealthier.”

“The Vestwell team’s proven track record, combined with a platform that offloads regulatory burden from both the RIA and the employer, will drive success for both parties in an increasingly challenging regulatory environment,” says Brad Svrluga, General Partner of Primary Venture Partners. “The opportunity to partner with Aaron Schumm, a repeat founder in the FinTech industry with unique insights into this complex market, was something we simply couldn’t pass up.”

About Vestwell, Inc.

Learn more at Vestwell.com and on Twitter @Vestwell.  Vestwell Advisors is a subsidiary of Vestwell, a 3(38) and 3(21) SEC registered investment advisory firm, specializing in 401(k) and other defined contribution retirement investment management services.

This is not an offer, solicitation, or advice to buy or sell securities in jurisdictions where Vestwell Advisors is not registered. An investor should consider investment objectives, risks and expenses before investing. More information is available within Vestwell Advisors’ ADV.  There are risks involved with investing. Investors should consider all of their assets, income and investments. Portfolios are subject to change. All opinions and results included in this publication constitute Vestwell Advisors’ judgment as of the date of this publication and are subject to change without notice.