Tag: Wealthfront

Posted on March 11, 2021

  • 2020 was another significant year for robo advisor trends: Empower buys Personal Capital, Motif closes doors, ESG investing on the rise
  • Direct indexing becomes increasingly popular as BlackRock buys Aperio and Schwab buys tech from Motif
  • Walmart announced a partnership with Ribbit Capital potentially making financial planning more available – another major robo advisor trend
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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 February 24, 2021

Best Robo Advisor for Digital Financial Planning

  • Winner: Wealthfront
  • Runner-Up: Personal Capital
  • Honorable Mention: Schwab
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Posted on February 22, 2021

Wealthfront was founded in 2008 as kaChing, a mutual fund analysis company, before pivoting into wealth management.  Wealthfront officially launched in December 2011 and has since raised a total of over $200M in venture capital to expand operations.  Between its investment management and cash account offerings, Wealthfront is now one of the largest independent robo advisors.

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Posted on August 26, 2020

  • At the end of 2019, we estimate that robo advisors had approximately $631 billion of assets under management (AUM)
  • The breakdown includes $247 billion with incumbents, $50 billion with independents, and $334 billion with robo retirement providers
  • Our “Top 5” group experienced a 38% year-over-year increase through the end of 2019
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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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