Category: News

Posted on March 13, 2020

News of the novel coronavirus has dominated the 2020 news cycle. Both equity and bond markets have been extremely volatile, and the S&P 500 Index has dipped into bear market territory after dropping as much as 25% from its previous high. However, many other developments have taken place during the year. Morgan Stanley is set to acquire E*Trade in an all-stock deal valued at $13 billion. Citigroup unveiled its new robo advisor, and Goldman Sachs is expected to do the same soon. 

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Posted on January 10, 2020

December caps off a strong 2019 for robo advisors.  A November report by the Aite Group claims that assets managed by robos are up 10% over the first three quarters of 2019. This does not account for a roughly 10% increase in equity markets in the fourth quarter. At least two robos, United Income and Twine, passed the $1 billion in assets mark. The report paints a bright future for the industry, predicting a four-fold increase in robo assets by 2023. 

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Posted on December 10, 2019

The robo advice industry will soon have a new player: Goldman Sachs. Details are limited but Rachel Schnoll, head of Goldman’s RIA platform, said that the product is built but not yet available to the public. The new robo advisor is expected to pair nicely with Marcus, Goldman’s consumer-facing bank. Both are part of Goldman’s initiative to move away from exclusively serving the ultra-wealthy and instead to bring Goldman-quality products to the mass-affluent. 

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Posted on November 11, 2019

Cash Products Attract Assets 

Wealthfront and Betterment have both hit $20 billion worth of assets on their platform. On its website, Wealthfront boasts that its “clients trust [it] with more than $21 billion” as of November 2019. However, regulatory filings suggest that most of this growth has been the result of cash moving into high-yield savings accounts.

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Posted on November 4, 2019

With the release of its latest ADV filing yesterday, one thing is for certain: Wealthfront has had no trouble gathering cash deposits.  

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Posted on October 31, 2019

JP Morgan Enters the Fray, Vanguard Expands

All hands are on deck for automated investing. Shortly after closing Finn, its millennial-focused banking app, JP Morgan launched You Invest Portfolios—its new digital advisor with a minimum account balance of $2,500 and 0.35% advisory fee. With JP Morgan’s entrance into the digital advice space, there are only a few large U.S. banks that have yet to offer or buy a stake in a digital advisor. 

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