Ongoing discussions in the industry on personalization and direct indexing force wealth managers to thoroughly consider tax optimization, which is required to meet any personalized investment objective. Unfortunately, the industry is not always on the same page when discussing the topic and the level at which an individual's assets are tax managed. At the end of the day, tax optimization results in significant benefits for the end investor and can be a true differentiator for wealth management firms and their advisors. However, achieving large-scale support for delivering these capabilities is more difficult than the industry would lead us to believe. Join Cutter as we host a panel discussion with MyVest on tax optimization and how it is evolving throughout the wealth management industry. Topics covered include the following:
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Gina McCafferty has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. She served at Cutter from 1999 to 2011 as Principal and Managing Director of CutterResearch, and she was instrumental in growing that business. Gina returned to Cutter in 2017, and established and ran the company’s Wealth Management research division. In 2019, she was appointed to Head of Research, responsible for Asset Management and Wealth Management product development and delivery to over 200 member firms around the globe. Gina was previously at Investit Ltd., where she served for six years as head of the company’s research service. Prior to that, she held senior positions at DST International with product responsibility for their global accounting and performance measurement systems, and at SunGard as Vice President of Client Services for their securities trading products.
Neil Sheehan brings more than seven years of experience in the financial services industry to his Research Analyst’s role at Cutter Associates. Prior to joining Cutter in 2021, Neil was an analyst in the wealth management group at Celent, a global research and advisory firm focused on technology for financial institutions. At Celent, he contributed to the wealth management team’s global research agenda, supporting advisory relationships with clients and completing and delivering on consulting engagements. Prior to Celent, Neil was a business analyst in fintech product development at Brown Brothers Harriman, where he was responsible for business analysis and management of client-driven projects, research to support key business initiatives, and maintenance and implementation of products and solutions. Prior to that role, Neil served as a supervisor within the Investor Services Group at Brown Brothers Harriman. Neil earned his bachelor’s degree in finance, with a minor in economics, from Providence College.
Neil’s areas of expertise include the following:
• Experience working in US financial services and fintech product development, supporting back- and middle-office functions
• Strong research focus in BPO, RPA, intelligent automation, client experience, investment operations, financial planning, and portfolio construction
• Work featured in trade publications, such as Investment News, Financial Planning, Wealth Management.com, and Business Insider
Ms. Bennett was appointed President of Westwood Wealth Management – Houston in March 2018. Prior to joining Westwood in 2016, Ms. Bennett was Co-Chief Investment Officer at South Texas Money Management; Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at King Investment Advisors, Inc; and a Research Analyst for Capital Research & Management. From July 2017 - 2020, Ms. Bennett served on the CFA Global Board of Governors, where she served on the Audit and Risk Committee and chaired the Society Partnership Advisory Committee. She is a former President and Director of CFA Society Houston and is a Co-Founder of the CFA Women in Investment Management initiative and the CFA Institute Global Research Challenge of the Southwest. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council; the Investment and Executive Committees for CHRISTUS Foundation for Healthcare; and is on the Executive Committee for Performing Arts Houston.
Ms. Bennett earned her Bachelor of Science in economics from Texas A&M University
As Chief Product Officer, Brian drives the strategic direction of the SPS™ platform.
Brian’s diverse experience includes VP of product management at Structural Investment Management, technology investment banking at Cowen and Company and SVB Alliant, engineering at Lockheed Martin Space Operations, and software development at Duke University Medical Center.
He has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley. He was named San Francisco’s Best Tech Manager at the 2017 TIMMY Awards.