Posted on May 26, 2020

Overview

Vanguard Digital Advisor is the new robo advisor offered by the industry-heavyweight, Vanguard. This service is the new digital-only alternative to Vanguard’s popular hybrid-advisor offering, Vanguard Personal Advisor Services. Although some of the features are not fully available yet like “emergency funds” and “prepare for you debt”, we were excited to take a close look at this new offering. Vanguard for some time now has been the pioneer of low-cost investing, and now it has its own fully-automated robo advisor. 

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Posted on May 21, 2020

Motif Investing, a fintech firm that offers brokerage and robo-advisor services, has announced that it is ceasing operations. It is another firm in the growing list of robo advisors that have done so. However, Motif’s closure is somewhat surprising, considering that it has raised $126.5 million since 2010 (according to Crunchbase) and offers a unique and wide range of services. Motif’s name reflects its strategy of offering themed portfolios. Investors could choose from portfolios created by Motif or even other users. This gave customers a selection and level of customization that other robos simply did not offer. However, like many fallen fintechs, scale and profitability did not materialize.

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Posted on May 18, 2020

Welcome to the May 2020 Backend Benchmarking company update. In this post, we share news of our recent media coverage (Barron’s, Forbes, and others), highlights from the Q1 2020 Robo Report that our research team just released, an update on our development team’s progress, and the last opportunity to have your RIA compared to their peers in our next study.

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Posted on May 15, 2020

Overview

Titan Invest is one of the most unique robo-advice accounts we track at Backend Benchmarking. Titan has 75mm in its flagship portfolio and it launched in early 2018, making it one of the newest players in the robo-advice industry. Titan’s goal is to make the benefits of a hedge fund accessible to the general public by using modern robo-advisor technology.

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Posted on May 14, 2020

  • TD Ameritrade, Wells Fargo, and Axos captured more upside than downside
  • Our Wealthsimple suite impressed with downside reduction
  • Decisions in fixed income drive risk mitigation
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