Tag: TIAA

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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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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