Category: News

September News

Posted on October 9, 2019

Vanguard Expands its Robo Offering

Vanguard is piloting and is expected to soon release a new digital planning and automated-investing product called Vanguard Digital Advisor, according to a document filed with the SEC. Vanguard Digital Advisor will have a $3,000 minimum and an all-in fee—management and underlying fund fees—of 0.20%, placing it in direct competition with providers targeting less affluent investors. In doing so, Vanguard will undercut incumbents Fidelity and JP Morgan, who both have all-in costs of 0.35% and independents Wealthfront and Betterment, who have all-in costs of around 0.33% and 0.36%, respectively, depending on the portfolio chosen. 

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Schwab Offers No-Commission Trading, Others Follow

Posted on October 4, 2019

Schwab Cuts Commissions, TD Ameritrade Follows

Decades ago, Schwab led the revolution of reducing commissions on trades. High-tech startups, led by Robinhood, are now eliminating commissions altogether. Interactive Brokers slashed commissions on U.S. stocks and ETFs to zero last week. Schwab has responded in kind by announcing that it will cut all commissions on trades of U.S. stocks, ETFs, and options on October 7. TD Ameritrade and ETrade have both followed suit and cut the same commissions. The move rattled the prices of these companies’ shares. Schwab’s and Interactive Brokers’ share prices both fell over 9%, and TD Ameritrade’s, which relies more heavily on commission revenue, fell 25.8%. ETrade, who has kept commissions steady, saw its share price drop 17% on the day of the Schwab announcement.

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Vanguard to Release Digital Advisor Service

Posted on September 24, 2019

Vanguard is piloting and is expected to soon release a new digital planning and automated-investing product called Vanguard Digital Advisor, according to a document filed with the SEC. Vanguard Digital Advisor will have a $3000 minimum and an all-in fee of 0.20%, placing it in direct competition with providers targeting less affluent investors. In doing so, Vanguard will undercut incumbents Fidelity and JP Morgan, who both have all-in costs—management and underlying fund fees— of 0.35% and independents Wealthfront and Betterment, who have all-in costs of around 0.33% and 0.36%, respectively depending on the portfolio chosen. 

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Months After Questionable Trades Cause Tax Liability, SoFi Makes Customers Whole

Posted on September 20, 2019

SoFi, a company initially focused on consolidating student loan debt, has been aggressively expanding into other areas of financial services. Within the past two years, they launched a robo-investing platform, high-interest cash account, and a self-directed brokerage platform with commission-free trading. Most recently, they announced proprietary ETFs offering an introductory 0% expense ratio through June 2020.

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Robo News: August 2019

Posted on September 3, 2019

  • Betterment, Wealthfront forced to lower rates on high-yield cash accounts
  • Capital One acquires United Income after buying 10% stake last fall
  • Wealthfront acquires Grove as it looks to bolster its cash management technology
  • Betterment reaches profitability 
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Robo News: July 2019

Posted on August 2, 2019

  • Betterment launches a new cash account with an industry-high APY; a debit card and checking account will soon follow 
  • Robos transition to more complete personal finance platforms 
  • Banking giant JP Morgan enters crowded robo field with You Invest Portfolios
  • Merrill Edge adds Guided Investing with an Advisor
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