Tag: Betterment

Posted on November 13, 2020

  • Four of the six SRI portfolios outperformed their standard counterparts among those with a two-year performance history, despite higher fund fees for SRI options
  • The two cases where the standard portfolio outperformed—Ellevest and TD Ameritrade—were only by a small margin
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Posted on November 3, 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 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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