Tag: Performance

Posted on December 22, 2019

Vanguard:

Ranked #1 for Best Robo for Complex Financial Planning Needs

Ranked #2 for Best Overall Robo

Ranked #2 for Best Robo from an Incumbent Financial Institution

Overview

With over $140 billion in assets under management, Vanguard’s Personal Advisor Services is the largest direct-to-consumer robo advisor. Vanguard offers a compelling robo with low fees and strong access to live advisors. In our most recent Robo Ranking, Vanguard’s Personal Advisor Services was ranked the Best Robo for Complex Financial Planning Needs, and it was ranked second in the Best Overall Robo and Best Robo from an Incumbent Financial Institution categories. 

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Posted on December 16, 2019

Wealthfront is Ranked #1 for Digital Financial Planning


Overview: 

Wealthfront was founded in 2008 as kaChing, a mutual fund analysis company, before pivoting into wealth management.  Wealthfront officially launched in December 2011 and has since raised a total of $205M in venture capital to expand operations.  Between its investment management and cash account offerings, Wealthfront is now one of the largest independent robo advisors, with over $13.5 billion in assets under management and an additional $7+ billion in deposits into its high-yield cash account. 

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Posted on December 11, 2019

Ranked #3 for Complex Financial Planning Needs

Overview

Founded by Wall Street veteran Sallie Krawcheck, Ellevest caters to a historically underserved segment of investors—women. Ellevest is poised to scale quickly, as women are estimated to control north of $11 trillion worth of investable assets in the United States.  Since its founding, Ellevest has managed to raise an impressive $78 million in venture capital funding, including support from familiar names including Melinda Gates and Google co-founder Eric Schmidt.  Here is our Ellevest review.

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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. 

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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 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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