Tag: Betterment

Posted on April 7, 2021

  • Merrill Edge has substantially cut its minimum, eToro announced it will go public via SPAC, and Stash launched its robo advisor
  • Meanwhile, some industry shake-ups include Wealthsimple leaving the U.S. market and M1 raising new funding
  • Lastly, Chinese robo advisor BangNiTou crosses 1 million users
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Posted on March 9, 2021

  • The volatility of 2020 made for an interesting case study to observe robo advisor rebalancing
  • Some accounts showed decisive rebalancing trades when the market was most fearful, displaying the merits of automatic robo advisor rebalancing
  • We estimate that select robo advisors in our study earned an additional 0.50% to 1.50% due to automatic rebalancing in 2020
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Posted on February 25, 2021

Best Robo Advisor For First-Time Investors

  • Winner: Betterment
  • Runner-up: Wealthsimple
  • Honorable Mention: SoFi
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Posted on February 22, 2021

First launched in 2010, Betterment is one of the original robo advisors.  They have raised more than $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 well over $18B in assets under management (AUM) on their platform and services nearly 500,000 clients. 

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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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