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.Read More…
Posted on November 21, 2019
Should you use a robo advisor? Whether you are new to investing or not, the automated investing technology that robos provide can alleviate some of the stress and confusion related to investing. If you are not familiar with robo advisors, we suggest reading our breakdown first.Read More…
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.
Posted on November 7, 2019
Schwab and Vanguard are the two dominant platforms in the digital advice industry. Leveraging their clout as established investment managers, Schwab and Vanguard have amassed $43 billion and $140 billion, respectively, in assets under management on their digital platforms. Below is a comprehensive comparison of the two services, including facts, features, and historical performance based on accounts we have open at both providers.Read More…
Posted on October 28, 2019
Betterment and Wealthfront—the pioneers of the robo-advice industry—are the two largest independent advisors today. Both were founded a decade ago and have helped bring a revolution to the financial advice industry by making professional money management available to and affordable for everyone. We break out the differences between the two to see which one is better for you. Our performance figures are accurate and based on real accounts that we have open with both providers.
Posted on October 9, 2019
Vanguard Expands its Robo Offering
Vanguard is piloting and is expected to soon release a new digital planning and automated-investing product called Vanguard Digital Advisor, according to a document filed with the SEC. Vanguard Digital Advisor will have a $3,000 minimum and an all-in fee—management and underlying fund fees—of 0.20%, placing it in direct competition with providers targeting less affluent investors. In doing so, Vanguard will undercut incumbents Fidelity and JP Morgan, who both have all-in costs of 0.35% and independents Wealthfront and Betterment, who have all-in costs of around 0.33% and 0.36%, respectively, depending on the portfolio chosen.Read More…