Tag: Acquisition

Posted on July 2, 2020

The recent announcement of Empower acquiring Personal Capital represents the largest acquisition of a robo-advice firm to-date, but it is not without precedent. We have seen the relationship between retirement-plan providers, RIAs, and robo-advice technology come together before. 

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Posted on June 8, 2020

At one point, Goldman Sachs was amongst the most secretive of Wall Street banks. The veil was lifted partially when the company decided to go public in 1999. For the first time, the public could glean some insight as to the inner workings of the company. Even then, it maintained a low profile. Its core business units were investment banking, trading, and wealth management for the ultra-wealthy. 

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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 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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