robo advice

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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Apr
24

Robo advisers march in tracks of royal commission scandals

The shenanigans revealed by the banking royal commission over the past week will inevitably draw attention to the emerging batch of start-ups offering digital financial advice. Often referred to as “robo advisers”, these technology companies are cutting investment fees through automation thereby removing the human foibles dramatically exposed by Commissioner Kenneth Hayne’s inquiry. The commission has shown human adviser education levels can be appallingly low, and paper-based processes have led to poor record keeping. Meanwhile, customers are often apathetic and disengaged, and complexity reigns. Processes being digitised include the creation of broking accounts, executing trades, rebalancing portfolios and generating statements of advice. This can all be presented to customers for […]

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Apr
19

Australian millennials have taken to robo financial advice

Australian millennials are dominating when it comes to using robo-advice to get ahead with their money, according to the latest Robo-advice Report from Investment Trends. The study is based on a survey of 10,000 online investors and 1,425 financial advisers between February and December 2017 across Australia, the US, the UK, Spain, Germany, France, Singapore and Hong Kong. In Australia, robo-advice has gained significant recognition among the Australian online share investor population, with 22% saying they are familiar with these services. Only in the US, where the bulk of innovation in robo-advice is taking place, is familiarity with robo-advice significantly higher (39%). “The Australian financial services industry is ripe for […]

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Apr
11

Australia lags on digital banking revolution: Oracle survey

Would you be prepared to give a little-known business access to your most sensitive financial data, if it meant getting a better deal on your home loan? This type of question is set to become increasingly relevant in the coming years, as the big data revolution joins forces with a push for greater competition in banking. Data is one of the most valuable assets in the financial world, and there’s a clear trend towards policies that put more of this value back into the hands of consumers, rather than large corporations. The only catch is that often, the way for consumers to squeeze more value from their data it to […]

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Mar
28

Ignition Wealth announces new CEO Manish Prasad

Ignition Wealth Co-Founder and inaugural CEO Mark Fordree today announced the appointment of Manish Prasad to the role of CEO of Ignition Wealth. “On behalf of the Ignition Wealth Board, executive team and staff, we are extremely pleased to have engaged Manish Prasad to lead Ignition Wealth. Manish is a deeply experienced and well respected financial services executive, whose expertise and knowledge will guide Ignition Wealth as we continue to grow.”, said Mark Fordree, Executive Director, Ignition Wealth. Manish is a highly credentialed financial services executive with deep domain experience in financial advice across all channels and segments. Manish’s career includes senior roles globally for NAB/MLC, AMP/AXA, Genesys Wealth Advisors, […]

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