Tag: Morgan Stanley

Posted on September 23, 2020

Overview

Morgan Stanley Access Investing is the digitally managed account platform offered by Morgan Stanley. Access Investing stands out immediately for its unique investment themes including  Robotics & AI, Defense & Cybersecurity, Emerging Consumer, Genomics, Diversity, and others.

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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 19, 2020

  • While the S&P 500 was down 3.09% for the first half of 2020, Titan Invest’s portfolio increased in value by 11.51%
  • In the first half of 2020, the top three equity performers, as measured by returns vs. the Normalized Benchmark, were Titan Invest, Morgan Stanley Robotics and Morgan Stanley Genomics
  • Schwab was the worst equity performer over the first half of the year
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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 June 4, 2020

  • Titan Invest claims top spot in the first quarter
  • Wealthsimple fares well thanks to low volatility ETF holdings
  • SRI portfolios do well, taking two of the top three spots over the quarter
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Posted on May 27, 2020

The first quarter of 2020 was a volatile time for markets as they dealt with the impact of COVID-19. Backend Benchmarking tracks various subsets of robo-advice offerings to get a better picture of what firms offer. One such subset is active portfolios. We have active portfolios opened at E*Trade, Morgan Stanley, Betterment,  TIAA, and Titan Invest. Titan is the only one of these that does not have a non-active counterpart. It must be noted that Betterment does not consider their portfolio to be a true active portfolio. Instead, they consider it “smart beta” by employing Goldman Sachs active beta funds. 

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