Tag: IRA

Posted on January 17, 2020

Overview

With over $43 billion in assets under management, Schwab Intelligent Portfolios is the second-largest direct-to-consumer robo advisor. It offers two service tiers: the first is digital-only and has no management fee, and the second (Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Premium) has a higher minimum and charges a monthly fee for access to live advisors. Through Intelligent Portfolios Premium, a client can work with an advisor to create custom financial plans for complex financial situations.

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Posted on December 17, 2019

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Ranked #1 for Best Overall Robo

Ranked #1 for Performance at a Low Cost

Ranked #1 for Best Robo from an Incumbent Financial Institution


Overview: 

Fidelity Go offers a compelling robo advisor with a history of strong performance at a low cost. In our most recent Robo Ranking, Fidelity Go placed first in three of the six categories that we use to rank robos: Best Overall Robo, Performance at a Low Cost, and Best Robo from an Incumbent Financial Institution. Fidelity Go’s performance has been consistently strong. In our latest Robo Report, Fidelity Go had the best two- and three-year trailing performance above/below the Normalized Benchmark, as well as the best equity performance over the same periods. Its portfolio is constructed entirely of proprietary Fidelity Flex mutual funds. 

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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 15, 2019

In the not so distant past, professional financial advice and investment management were only available to households with sufficient wealth. This began to change a decade ago, when startup financial firms digitally automated the investment management process, enabling them to offer professionally managed portfolios at low costs and low to no minimums. Fast forward 10 years and nearly every major financial institution in the United States either offers or owns a stake in a robo advisor. The individual who previously had no access to such investments is now overwhelmed with choices. Below, we provide insight into the most important factors one should consider when selecting a robo advisor. If you are unfamiliar with robo advisors or how they work, we suggest you first read our post, What is a Robo Advisor? 

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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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