Tocqueville Debuts Opportunity Zone Strategies With ESG Focus
Tocqueville Asset Management, a wealth management firm with $8.6 billion in client assets, has partnered with CapZone Impact Investments to launch the first multisector opportunity zone fund strategies incorporating strong environmental, social and governance guidelines.

Tocqueville and CapZone, both headquartered in New York City, will collaborate with institutions and high-net-worth individuals and their financial advisors, including those with pre-existing opportunity zone funds looking for diversification.

Enacted in December 2017 as a nationwide investment program in low-income communities throughout the country, the opportunity zone program allows taxpayers to reduce, defer or even exclude capital gains taxes by investing them in long-term development fund projects.

Raymond James Launches Succession Planning Platform For Advisors
Raymond James Financial Inc., headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., has launched a multi-purpose succession planning platform for its financial advisors.

Practice Exchange, a cloud-based tool powered by FindBob, is a secure one-stop shop that allows advisors to grow their practices, protect their assets and prepare for their eventual retirements. Users can safely and securely review agreements, perform due diligence and negotiate with future partners.

Advisors can use the platform to review and update catastrophe plan and succession plan information and to identify potential successors to assume the reins of leadership as necessary.

The platform also makes M&A deals easier than ever to transact, thanks to a proprietary algorithm that connects sellers with prospective buyers according to their shared business interests and compatibility. Advisors wanting to buy or sell a practice also have the support of educational resources and valuation and financing tools, as well as the Raymond James consulting team.

RIA In A Box Debuts Virtual Advisor Desktop And Cybersecurity Dashboard
RIA in a Box, a Cleveland-based financial technology company, has launched a new cloud-based cybersecurity solution for registered investment advisors.

The Virtual Desktop and MyRIACompliance Dashboard complement your firm’s cybersecurity essentials by automating the due diligence review of third-party technology vendors and creating documentation, while also offering better protection against cyberattacks.

Firms can control access to their data by managing devices, files and applications all in one place, as well as protect against email phishing attacks.

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