Tag: TD Ameritrade

Posted on April 15, 2021

Best Robo Advisor for 2021

● Winner: SigFig
● Runner-up: SoFi
● Honorable Mention: Fidelity Go

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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 1, 2020

  • Motif closed its doors after raising $126mm and being one of the early innovators in the space
  • Empower purchases Personal Capital for approximately $1 billion representing the largest acquisition we have seen to date
  • Goldman Sachs set to release robo in 2021 after falling behind competition. Will they have a last-move advantage?
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Posted on August 24, 2020

  • On the surface, many robos describe their TLH services similarly but, in practice, we are seeing meaningful differences in execution
  • TD Ameritrade, Schwab, and Wealthfront accounts stood out for having significant TLH trades
  • SigFig, Citizens Bank, and UBS show little or no activity during the period
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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 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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