Tag: Merrill Edge

Posted on September 15, 2021

SRI or ESG investing remains a hot trend in the investment industry. At Backend Benchmarking, we compare the equity performance of the SRI/ESG options and the standard options at the same robo advisor to analyze their differences. 

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Posted on August 18, 2021

Merrill Edge is Bank of America’s electronic trading platform that focuses on servicing clients with a lower investable asset base than the typical relationship with a financial advisor. In 2018, the firm was reported to have surpassed $200 billion in assets with over 2.5 million accounts, making it one of the largest digital investment platforms on the market. 

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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 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 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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