Tag: Wealthsimple

SRI Portfolio Perform Well Despite Higher Fees

Posted on September 6, 2019

In recent years, socially responsible investing (SRI) – also commonly categorized as environmental, social, and governance investing (ESG) – has gained popularity with retail investors and investment managers alike.  Between 2016 and 2018, assets invested in ESG-themed mutual funds grew 34%, while assets in ESG-themed ETF funds more than doubled. Driven by consumer demand, a natural expansion has been undertaken by digital advisors to offer separate SRI portfolio options.  Within the past few years we have opened and funded SRI accounts at each of the providers that offer sustainable investing options. With a year of performance to review, we have assessed the risk and return statistics of SRI portfolios offered compared to their standard offerings.  While today’s focus is on performance, we will publish a full report on the composition of SRI portfolios, including costs and sustainability scores, later this month.

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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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Industry Insights: Investing at Wealthsimple

Posted on May 26, 2019

We recently spoke with Dave Nugent, Head of Investments and part of the founding team at Wealthsimple, a Canada-based robo that has expanded to the U.S. and U.K. markets. Dave provided us with great insight into who the typical Wealthsimple client is and where he sees the future of digital advice.

“Over the past two years, we have seen a trend in the robo advice industry away from digital-only offerings toward offering access to live advisors at some level of service”

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Robo News: Q1 2019

Posted on May 18, 2019

Robos expand into banking and cash management, as high yield account options have proliferated among direct to-consumer fintech platforms

Wealthfront joined the growing trend of fintech companies that offer high-yield accounts designed for cash savings. Betterment announced their cash management program late last year, as did trading app Robinhood. Robinhood launched its product with an aggressive 3% interest rate, but made a regulatory miscalculation and quickly pulled their product offline to reconfigure. Although these savings vehicles often appear very similar, there can be important differences. For example, Wealthfront places funds in FDIC insured bank accounts, while Betterment’s product invests funds in a conservative fixed income portfolio.

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Robo News: Q4 2018

Posted on January 23, 2019

“As interest and adoption grows among banks and advisors, so does activity in B2B robo advice products.”

As interest and adoption grows among banks and advisors, so does activity in B2B robo advice products.  We have witnessed a slew of acquisitions and consolidations in the industry, as asset managers and incumbent institutions attempt to better position themselves for the expansion of the digital advice industry.

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