robo advice

Jun
28

CIPR framework timely but questions remain

The retirement income strategy and implementation timeline proposed in this year’s Budget is “workable and sensible” but there are concerns the Federal Government should quickly address. This is according to SuperEd, the robo-adviser aiming to improve retirement incomes. In its submission paper to the Retirement Income Covenant Position Paper, SuperEd said it fully supports the Government’s move to address the needs of a maturing membership base, and commends it for factoring in circumstances often overlooked – member needs and preferences, eligibility for the Age Pension and cognitive decline. But there are still a number of drawbacks, SuperEd chair Jeremy Duffield said. One is that CIPRs don’t adequately appreciate the volatility […]

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Quantifeed eyes Australian expansion with $13.5m raising

The fintech is looking to expand its B2B robo-advice business in Australia as a part of a $13.5 million venture capital raising announced today. The series B funding was led by Taiwanese giant Cathay Financial Holdings, with participation from US-based asset manager Legg Mason, and will go towards Australia and Asia Pacific growth. “We will be growing the Australian team over the next six to 12 months and also open an office [on an undisclosed timeline],” Quantifeed co-founder and chief executive Alex Ypsilanti told Financial Standard. The five-year-old fintech has now raised a total of $24 million. This includes today’s $13.5 million, a series A funding of $6 million in […]

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Jun
18

Automated advice to help Australians’ money grow

Cotton farmer George Stacey grows crops for a living and he’s also focused on watching his finances flourish. A long way from the hustle and bustle of city life, the 24-year-old works on a 97,000 hectare farm in Goondiwindi, 300km southwest of Brisbane, and said he loves investing in companies all over the world “from my couch in remote western Queensland.” Following in his father’s footsteps of investing, Mr Stacey said “ever since I was a young kid when the finance news would come I had a bit of an interest in it and my dad invested in a share portfolio”. “When I went out west and I started to […]

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Jun
05

How AI is becoming an asset to the finance industry

As AI transforms an increasing number of domains, players in the finance industry are moving fast to keep pace. While many people are aware of the term artificial intelligence (AI), this is largely in relation to the more extreme use-cases of AI such as flying cars and Sophia the AI robot. Yet, much of our contact of AI – and our understanding of it – revolves around products that affect our everyday lives as consumers. An example of this is within the finance industry. Many key players are leveraging the power of AI to improve their services. Here are three ways AI is disrupting the finance industry: Customer service chatbots […]

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May
22

Think you’ve innovated? Enter the finder Awards 2018 to show ‘em what you’ve got

We’ve seen our fair share of fintech innovations over the past few years. From robo-advice to peer-to-peer (P2P) lending to Blockchain, innovation has been offered in spades within the Australian marketplace. The finder Awards 2018 celebrates excellence in local business innovation by recognising creativity and impact across key industries including banking, property, retail, travel and of course, fintech. Comparison site, finder.com.au, invites the nation’s most forward-thinking businesses, both big and small, to step forward and showcase their best innovation. From Best Tech Innovation to Best Personal Finance App, there are seven innovation categories now open for submission. These include; Best Tech Innovation Best Online Shopping Innovation Most Innovative Team/Person Best […]

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May
21

Pensioners prime market for robo-advice

There is considerable opportunity to provide robo-advice to pensioners seeking affordable, accessible and personalised advice, according to GlobalData. The company’s 2017 Life & UK Pensions Survey found that 63 per cent of individuals accessing financial advice used it to discuss pensions, which usually was through visiting online platforms that provided automated advice. GlobalData pointed to the cheaper fees and ability to engage with services more frequently through robo-advice as key to its appeal to pensioners. Insurance analyst for GlobalData, Danielle Cripps, said that pension providers should look to robo-advice to offer assistance on not just saving for retirement, but also helping people at and in retirement.   To read more, […]

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Apr
26

Six Park partners with Heffron to launch transparent, low-cost SMSF solution

Automated investment provider Six Park has today announced it has partnered with leading independent self-managed super fund (SMSF) administration provider Heffron to offer a transparent, low-cost, digitally driven, end-to-end SMSF service. The partnership allows SMSF trustees to establish an SMSF and take advantage of robo-advice for their fund, with Heffron managing the compliance and Six Park managing the investments. Six Park CEO, Patrick Garrett, said that while there will always be a place for traditional advice, the solution offers a unique value-for-money proposition for trustees and a lower prospective entry point to set up an SMSF. “Digital technology and automation are disrupting the wealth industry not because they’re new but […]

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Apr
26

Robo-advice platform powers financial advice firm Collins House

Robo-advice platform Clover.com.au has entered an agreement to provide proprietary online financial advice and wealth management technology to private wealth firm, Collins House. Clover chief executive officer and co-founder, Sahil Kaura, said the platform would algorithmically assess information provided by customers to determine if a managed discretionary account (MDA) service was appropriate on a case-by-case basis. Where a MDA service is deemed appropriate, each user would receive a recommended investment program, documented within a statement of advice. “We’ve developed the technology to take the flexibility and transparency of a MDA service beyond self-managed superannuation funds and high net-worth individuals and make it available to a much wider range of investors.” […]

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