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While the decision to move towards delivering scalable investment solutions through models can be transformative for an organization, making the decision to move to a model-based practice is only the first step. 

Initial Considerations

As advisors look to optimize their investment offering and operational infrastructure with model portfolios, they take the following into consideration: 

  • Investor profile 
  • Risk tolerance 
  • Financial goals 
  • Price sensitivity 
  • Implementation 

Therefore, there is no one size fits all, rather a spectrum of choices ranging from off the shelf models that leverage the 3rd party asset allocation, partially customized, to fully customized advisor-led models. They all can be applied to various types of clients in a financial advisory practice.  


We are in an age where end users of products and services are demanding more from the providers but not wanting to pay more. They want to feel a customized experience specific to their requirements. We see this in almost every industry. For financial advisors to deliver this customized experience at scale, they will need to reduce the frictions in their workflow with automation.  

Tax management is good place to start because by definition, taxes are personalized.    

Implementing automated tax management including tax transition, moving clients from one model to another, ongoing tax loss harvesting, and tax smart withdrawals are key ingredients in building a models-based practice.  Combining this with a spectrum of model solutions that make sense for your client segments will help your clients meet their financial goals. At 55ip, we sit at the nexus between financial advisors and asset managers and facilitate this evolution. 

Our COO, Sachin Shah, provides insight into what advisors should keep in mind as they’re choosing the best approach for implementing models.

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