Robo-Advice

Sep
12

MyPrivateBanking 2018 global report ranks Ignition Advice #1 innovation and flexibility

MyPrivateBanking, one of the world’s leading independent financial services research houses, has named Ignition Advice as the world’s most innovative and flexible robo-advice solution. Headquartered in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, MyPrivateBanking Research is an independent firm specialising in research and analysis for wealth managers and financial services firms. With more than two decades of experience MyPrivateBanking boasts a team of highly experienced analysts and industry experts. “Ignition offers a strong product proposition and offers the entire spectrum of services demanded by this industry, making it a strong and dependable partner. The solution offers a wide range of customisation capabilities across the spectrum of business needs. In particular, the approach to content and […]

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Aug
26

Millennials, not baby boomers, are the future for digital wealth platforms

A new study examining consumer preferences has found that robo-advice and automated investment management services are overwhelmingly more popular with younger investors. Millennials, those currently in their 20s and mid-30s, are three times more likely to use automated investment services such as robo-advice compared to baby boomers, according to research by Crealogix. The study of 1,200 UK consumers commissioned by Crealogix, which provides digital banking solutions, found younger generational groups, in particular millennials, are substantially more open to automated financial advice and investment management when compared to more mature age groups. Just 23 per cent of baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are open to receiving a digital […]

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Aug
20

Advisers with robo capabilities will have an edge

While standalone robo-advice won’t attract affluent investors, it will offer a competitive advantage to traditional wealth managers over competitors, GlobalData says. The research company said that robo-advisers alone didn’t attract assets under management, and that high net worth (HNW) investors generally only entrusted small portfolios to digital-only platforms. GlobalData’s Technology in Wealth Management: Drivers for Adoption and Future Trends survey found that demand for robo-advice was growing, however, meaning that offering it could strengthen human advisers’ value to clients. Forty per cent of private wealth managers surveyed noted strong demand for the technology from clients, most obviously in the Asia-Pacific region. “Despite some drawbacks robo-advice is a competitive advantage that […]

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Aug
07

Clover: Now new investors needn’t depend on beginner’s luck

Your first foray into the world of finance is a daunting one. With Clover, you know exactly where to step. Taking risks in the complex world of finance can be a daunting prospect for inexperienced investors. The challenge of entering the share market can be like contemplating a swim in the Alligator River and these days so it seems you take a fiscal risk just by visiting a bank or a financial advisor. The challenge for investment debutants is finding the assured way of building the capital they need to fund the lifestyle they aspire to. You’re not taught about such things at school and unless there’s a relation or […]

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Aug
03

SuperEd adds B2C with Retirement Essentials merger

Personalised digital advice provider SuperEd will add a unique retiree service for super funds and secure a direct-to-consumer offer after finalising its merger with consumer advice platform Retirement Essentials. Retirement Essentials provides retirees with a concierge service which guides them through Centrelink’s complicated Age Pension application process. After the merger, SuperEd will become the only digital advice provider in the country that offers both a product-agnostic B2B and direct-to-consumer B2C offering. The deal enables SuperEd to benefit from Retirement Essentials’ valuable insights into the online user experience and behavioural preferences of seniors. SuperEd is able to leverage these insights to enhance its B2B offering to super funds who are experiencing […]

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Jul
19

CFA exam to include blockchain and cryptocurrency parts from 2019

With cryptocurrencies here to stay, education needs to start meeting student and employer demand. Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies will be making an appearance in the level I and II Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams from 2019 onwards as part of a broader new reading called Fintech in Investment Management. The material will be released in August this year, giving exam-goers time to start logging their recommended 300 hours of study time on the topic. Like crypto uptake elsewhere, it’s being largely driven by popular demand from participants, with surveys and focus groups showing strong interest from future analysts and employers. The organisers might be equally onboard. “We saw the field […]

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Jul
10

Robo-investment – Retirement takes the crown

A customer insights study by automated investment service Six Park has found that more than half its clients are using the robo-investment service to grow wealth outside of super (36.5%) and for retirement savings (28.6%). These long-term goals ranked higher than the desire to save for property or saving for short-term goals such as holidays and weddings. The study results were released as Six Park celebrates its second birthday. The highest percentage of customers using their Six Park investment as a way to generate wealth outside super came from age groups under the age of 45, suggesting that long-term investing is increasingly a focus for younger generations. “It’s very encouraging […]

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Jul
09

AFL’s Ted Richards and the human side of robo-investing

There is a lot of talk about the entry of ‘robo advisers’ into the financial advice market. Revelations by the banking royal commission have accelerated calls for technology to provide the answer to the broadening trust deficit and intractable problem of advice being too expensive for the average investor. However, despite these tailwinds, the take up of digital advice in Australia has been relatively modest. This compares to the United States where a significant proportion of investors are embracing technology-enabled advice solutions, such as Betterment and Wealthfront. Home-grown Australian providers, such as Clover and Stockspot, have made inroads with their low cost, automated investment offerings. The challenge remains for consumers […]

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