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Posted on June 12, 2020

In the first quarter of 2020, Backend Benchmarking had the opportunity to see how the robo-advice landscape reacted during a major sell-off. From a performance perspective, our Q1 Robo Report noted that our robo accounts generally declined in proportion to their equity percentage, albeit with some interesting exceptions. However, there has been an unexpected surge in new-account openings in robos even in spite of the market decline. 

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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 June 4, 2020

Overview:

The robo-advice industry has led the way in changing the financial services industry to benefit the average investor. Robo-advice attributes like accessibility, low cost, and low minimums have dramatically impacted the investment management space and are now branching out to other areas including cash management, banking services, and retirement income solutions. 

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Posted on June 3, 2020

The Emergence and Spread of Robo Advice

Robo advice as we know it today first emerged into the mainstream in 2008 when Betterment and Wealthfront were founded and later launched digitally managed portfolios with low fees and minimums. In 2015, Schwab launched its Schwab Intelligent Portfolios and Vanguard launched its Personal Advisor Services. Since then, robo-advice products have become ubiquitous among financial institutions. Here, we intend to take a look back at the industry, how its evolution is impacting individual investors, and what investors can expect next from these innovative products.

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Posted on May 8, 2020

  • SigFig, Fidelity Go, and Axos Invest win three-year top-performer prizes
  • Three-year fixed income returns surpass equity returns
  • Investment-grade corporates and treasuries help robos deal with volatile markets
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Posted on March 25, 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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