Financial reform may drive demand for more technology on the desktop, as registered investment advisors and brokers attempt to live up to the fiduciary standard embodied in the nearly enacted Dodd-Frank bill.

With a mandate to look out better for the interests of investors coming out of the crisis-created legislation, "brokers will do more planning because it helps them fulfill their responsibility," said Alois Pirker, research director for wealth management at Aite Group, a Boston consultancy.

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