Tag: Betterment

Posted on December 6, 2019

Robo advisors are a high-tech solution to investment management, enabling individuals to invest in a professionally managed and diversified portfolio in less than 30 minutes. As robo offerings have proliferated, a select group has stood out for its wide breadth of technology. The startups who brought the technology to the public nearly a decade ago—Wealthfront, Betterment, and Personal Capital—offer easy-to-use platforms packed with integrated technologies. 

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Posted on December 4, 2019

Betterment is Ranked #1 for First-Time Investors

Betterment is Ranked #3 for Digital Financial Planning


Overview: 

First launched in 2010, Betterment is one of the original robo advisors.  They have raised a total of $250 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 $16B in assets under management (AUM) on their platform and services nearly 420,000 clients.  With no investment minimum and a 0.25% management fee, Betterment’s digital-only product is a strong choice for investors. They also offer various financial-planning packages that provide personal consultations with a financial planner on an as-needed basis, so that users only have to pay for personalized professional help as they see fit.  They offer a tiered service model, which allows investors to upgrade as their needs grow. Recently, Betterment has introduced a high-yield savings account to their platform and has announced plans to offer checking accounts in the near future.

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Posted on November 26, 2019

Fintech companies are continuing to disrupt the financial services industry. Over the past few years, firms have begun to offer high-yield savings accounts that pay very competitive interest rates when compared to the paltry rates savers are accustomed to seeing in their checking accounts.  Recently, the fintechs have expanded their focus to include spending accounts with debit cards. 

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Posted on November 13, 2019

Through the end of the third quarter of 2019, the active robo portfolios we track have shown some early signs of outperformance when compared to the passive offerings from the same providers. Over the first three quarters of 2019, our active portfolios at E*Trade, Morgan Stanley, and TIAA returned 13.42%, on average. The standard offerings from the same providers returned 12.55% over the same period. For the two providers at which our active portfolios have a year of performance—Morgan Stanley and TIAA—the active options have slightly outperformed standard offerings. One factor driving this outperformance is that many of our active portfolios have a tilt towards growth stocks that have outperformed value stocks in the first three quarters of 2019.

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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 8, 2019

Consumer demand has prompted digital advisors to offer socially responsible investing (SRI) portfolio options over the past few years.  We have opened and now have eight pairs of portfolios (regular and SRI) included in our report, including six pairs with a year or more of performance reported.  The SRI robo portfolios included in our analysis are offered by Betterment, E*Trade, Ellevest, Merrill Edge, Morgan Stanley, TD Ameritrade, TIAA, and Wealthsimple.  

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