financial planning

Stockspot launches AI for financial advice

Local automated investment adviser and fund manager Stockspot has announced a move into artificial intelligence and machine learning, launching what it says is Australia’s first digital financial assistant. Stockspot founder and CEO Chris Brycki said the AI functionality analysed the data of thousands of clients and made targeted recommendations, helping investors optimise their portfolio as it learns. He said the robo-adviser was launching as part of a new investment dashboard, designed to make tax reporting easier and give users more control over investments. “Stockspot introduced robo-advice to Australia 2014 which automated and lowered the cost of investing. We see AI and machine learning as robo-advice 2.0, it is the future […]

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New fintech fills the void of efficiency and independence for managed accounts

MA Operator, a brand new technology for financial advisers, launched in Sydney today. The firm provides three different services on the same comprehensive platform and low-cost model: A complete service for managed discretionary accounts (MDAs), including risk and compliance management, which replaces numerous systems and processes advisers currently need to use to offer MDAs to clients A complete solution for managed accounts and direct portfolios delivered under the Statement of Advice model; and Software and services for external MDA Operators looking to improve efficiency and scale. MA Operator allows advisers to manage client investments far more easily, removing cost and administration time from a range of processes currently managed under […]

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Jul
11

Row emerges over digital advice regulations

A row is developing in the financial planning sector with so-called robo-advisers claiming that regulatory measures proposed by the Financial Planning Association would make the provision of digital advice unworkable. In a submission to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, which is in the midst of consulting industry on how digital advice should be regulated, the FPA proposed that robo-advisers be required to appoint independent actuaries to monitor the algorithms used in the provision of automated advice. “If ASIC is after visibility of these results, an obligation to provide independent review results should be included in the regulatory guidance,” the FPA said in the submission.Robo-advisers argued that a need for […]

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Jul
06

Stockspot lowers fees but reduces honeymoon period

Robo-adviser Stockspot has halved the period of its free introductory offer for savers with less than $10,000 but has compensated clients with lower fees thereafter. Stockspot has reduced the initial fee-free offer for savers with small balances to six from 12 months. Thereafter, instead of charging a $77 annual advice fee plus a 0.92 per cent management fee, the automated advice platform has introduced a flat $79.20 annual management fee. The new fee model comes as competition in the robo-advice sector heats up, with recent launches of competitors such as Superstash and Six Park, which is backed by former federal finance minister Lindsay Tanner, founding head of the Future Fund […]

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Jul
04

Robo-advice start-ups go beyond disruption to new clients

Robo-advice start-ups are looking to use technology to drive massive expansion in the financial advice market, rather than to simply disrupt it. While established players, such as AMP, and the wealth management arms of banks are among those vulnerable to robo-advice, start-ups claim they are not targeting their market. “People talk about disrupting the financial services industry with robo-advice, but only 20 per cent of the country gets advice,” David Pettit, chief executive of Perth-based robo-advice start-up Future Penny, told The Australian. “There’s a massive piece of the market that aren’t seeking or engaging with advice professionals.” Robo-advice delivers investors a low-cost investment management portfolio based on algorithms and technology. […]

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Fintech startup Clover becomes the first robo-advice platform in Australia to secure MDA licence

Clover, a fintech company reinventing investing for the digital generation, has become the first robo-advice platform in Australia to secure an Australian Financial Services licence (AFSL) with Managed Discretionary Account (MDA) capability. Set to launch shortly, Melbourne-based Clover is a uniquely goals-based automated investment service designed to help Australians achieve specific lifestyle goals, whether it’s planning a dream wedding, saving for a deposit on a property or planning a major trip overseas. Gaining the ability to operate an MDA service is one of the most difficult Australian Financial Service licences to secure from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). This is believed to be the first time a robo-advice […]

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Fintech to launch ‘lite’ money management tool

Moneysoft — a revamped version of a leading PMF tool — will be launched for financial advisers, mortgage brokers and superannuation funds next quarter. Moneysoft Lite has been developed to support advisers who are implementing cashflow management systems by providing client engagement tools. Moneysoft head of operations, Jon Shaw, said that the development of Moneysoft Lite would include new and enhanced functionality available in the flagship cloud-based Moneysoft solution. Set to include an intuitive interface to guide users, automated account balances, bespoke report delivery and share data control, the PMF will customise how clients can benefit from cashflow-based advice. “Moneysoft Lite will help advisers capitalise on the mounting interest in […]

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May
13

Super funds well-positioned on robo-advice

Thirty-six per cent of people would prefer to get robo-advice and similar services from their superannuation funds, rather than the major banks, according to new research released today. The research, contained in the Investment Trends Direct Client Report has pointed to the high number of Australians choosing to make and activate financial decisions without the help of a financial adviser. However the report points to robo-advice as being a key tool in helping deliver necessary assistance to consumers, and to the positioning of superannuation funds in delivering the answers. In what represents a new area of research for Investment Trends, the company has looked at the appetite of Australian adults […]

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