Tag: Wealthfront

The Robo Ranking™: Best Robo for Performance at a Low Cost

Posted on September 5, 2019

Winner: Fidelity Go
Runner-Up: WiseBanyan

We awarded the Best Robo for Performance at a Low Cost to the top-performing robos over the prior two-year period: Fidelity Go and WiseBanyan.  

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Robo News: August 2019

Posted on September 3, 2019

  • Betterment, Wealthfront forced to lower rates on high-yield cash accounts
  • Capital One acquires United Income after buying 10% stake last fall
  • Wealthfront acquires Grove as it looks to bolster its cash management technology
  • Betterment reaches profitability 
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Robo News: July 2019

Posted on August 2, 2019

  • Betterment launches a new cash account with an industry-high APY; a debit card and checking account will soon follow 
  • Robos transition to more complete personal finance platforms 
  • Banking giant JP Morgan enters crowded robo field with You Invest Portfolios
  • Merrill Edge adds Guided Investing with an Advisor
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Robo News: April 2019

Posted on May 30, 2019

SoFi has been making headlines this month, as they have recently introduced two proprietary ETFs.  The funds are as follows:

  • SoFi Select 500 (SFY) tracks the performance of 500 of the largest U.S.-listed companies weighted based on a proprietary mix of their market capitalization and fundamental factors
  • SoFi Next 500 (SFYX) tracks the performance of the 500 smallest of the 1,000 largest U.S.-listed companies weighted based on a proprietary mix of their market capitalization and fundamental factors.

SoFi continues to diversify their offerings, as they have also recently announced a partnership with two fintech insurance firms.  SoFi now plans to offer homeowners and renters insurance through Lemonade and auto insurance through Root. This has been a busy month for Sofi, as they are rumored to be working on an additional round of funding, estimated as $500M.  This funding round, reportedly led by the Qatar Investment Authority, is expected to be at a similar valuation to their last round in February 2017.

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Robo Regulatory Missteps and B2B Industry Growth

Posted on May 28, 2019

“The SEC announced in December that it reached a settlement agreement with two robo advice providers.”

As robo advice grows rapidly and reaches widespread adoption, they are also catching the attention of regulators.  The first SEC action against providers occurred at the end of 2018, as the SEC announced in December that it reached a settlement agreement with two robo advice providers. The SEC order stated that Wealthfront claimed to be monitoring outside accounts for wash sales related to their tax-loss harvesting product when, in fact, they were not. The SEC announcement reported that 31% of accounts enrolled in tax-loss harvesting experienced a wash sale in the more than three years that Wealthfront made this claim. Other findings included re-tweeting prohibited client testimonials and paying bloggers for client referrals without the proper disclosures and documentation.

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1Q2019 Investment Performance and Commentary

Posted on May 23, 2019

Cash management products spread across direct-to-consumer fintech platforms

The digital advice industry continues to evolve in 2019. Cash management apps, linked debit cards, and high-yield savings accounts are sweeping across direct-to-consumer fintech companies. Wealthfront announced their high-yield savings account this quarter, following Betterment’s cash management program announcement late last year.  Meanwhile, Robinhood released their high interest account last December, although it was quickly shelved after regulagatory pushback.

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