Tag: TIAA

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 1, 2020

Overview:

One of the most common goals we aim for as investors is building a sufficient nest egg for retirement. Years of earning, saving, and withstanding volatility are some of the sacrifices necessary to be comfortable and financially secure in our old age. One of the ways Backend Benchmarking hopes to make this a little easier is by providing transparency and insight into the robo-advisor IRA space. For this article, we focus on robo-advisor performance during the COVID-19 sell-off.

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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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Posted on May 1, 2020

  • SRI portfolios remain popular and continue to perform well
  • Wealthsimple SRI is the top 1- and 2-year total portfolio performer
  • Morgan Stanley SRI leads 1-year equity performance
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Posted on February 25, 2020

Investing with a focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG), also known as socially responsible investing (SRI), has increased rapidly in popularity as of late. Morningstar reported that ESG/SRI funds had a net inflow of $20.6 billion dollars in 2019. This is a 300% increase from net flows in 2018. But how is ESG/SRI performance?

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