Tag: Betterment

Posted on September 15, 2020

  • Through the first half of 2020 results were mixed, with five of eight SRI portfolios outperforming their respective standard portfolios
  • Betterment SRI, Merrill Edge SRI, and Morgan Stanley SRI lead the way over the first half of 2020
  • Over the trailing 2-year period, all five SRI portfolios outperformed their non-SRI counterparts at the same provider despite higher fund fees
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Posted on August 26, 2020

  • At the end of 2019, we estimate that robo advisors had approximately $631 billion of assets under management (AUM)
  • The breakdown includes $247 billion with incumbents, $50 billion with independents, and $334 billion with robo retirement providers
  • Our “Top 5” group experienced a 38% year-over-year increase through the end of 2019
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Posted on August 14, 2020

  • Socially Responsible Investing continues to garner interest; 2019 net fund flows nearly 4X times greater than 2018 flows
  • Portfolio Sustainability metrics only slightly improve by choosing conscientious options
  • SRI funds are more expensive but promising performance has offset the fee hike thus far
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Posted on August 10, 2020

Best Robo Advisor For First-Time Investors

  • Winner: Betterment
  • Runner-up: Wealthsimple
  • Honorable Mention: SoFi
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Posted on August 9, 2020

Betterment is Ranked #1 for First-Time Investors (Summer 2020 Robo Ranking)

Overview

First launched in 2010, Betterment is one of the original robo advisors.  They have raised a total of $275 million in venture funding and have grown to be one of the leading digital advice providers. In their most recent annual disclosure, Betterment reports over $18B in assets under management (AUM) on their platform and services nearly 500,000 clients. 

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Posted on June 12, 2020

In the first quarter of 2020, Backend Benchmarking had the opportunity to see how the robo-advice landscape reacted during a major sell-off. From a performance perspective, our Q1 Robo Report noted that our robo accounts generally declined in proportion to their equity percentage, albeit with some interesting exceptions. However, there has been an unexpected surge in new-account openings in robos even in spite of the market decline. 

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