robo advice

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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Mar
05

Vinomofo Co-Founder and CEO Justin Dry says robo-advisors like Clover.com.au just make sense for digital savvy millennials

Online wine retailer Vinomofo Co-Founder and CEO Justin Dry says the best advice he would give young Australians on investing is to start. The tech entrepreneur, who grew Vinomofo from the confines of his garage in Adelaide, to a multi-million dollar company with expansions in New Zealand, Singapore, and plans for a launch in the United States, encourages the digital savvy generation to embrace the money management solutions coming out of the growing Australian market for financial technology. Being a proponent of tech that is ‘simple and easy to understand and use,’ Dry himself went to automatic investing platforms to manage some of his savings. “I’ve been waiting for something […]

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Feb
05

Robo-advice provider inks deal with Class

An Australian robo-advice provider is partnering with Class to enhance its investment and tax reporting facilities. Class chief executive Kevin Bungard said the new arrangement with Six Park is “another great example of an innovative fintech solution which supports investors with effective investment decision-making, providing a daily up-to-date view of investment data and detailed tax reporting.” Six Park is also partnering with SMSF administration provider Heffron so as to offer its clients an automated SMSF management platform. Six Park chief executive Patrick Garrett explained: “While there will always be a place for traditional advice, there is a huge opportunity to use technology and automation to bring professional SMSF administration and […]

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Jan
31

IFM increases stake in Decimal

An Australian-based global fund manager has increased its stake in robo-adviser Decimal, signalling renewed confidence that superannuation funds are embracing digital financial advice. IFM Investors bumped up its holdings in the ASX-listed firm via an ordinary share placement of 28,900,000 at $0.03 per share. This takes its initial 6.5% shareholding to 15%. The placement agreement includes a voluntary escrow agreement which restricts the transfer of shares issued to IFM for 12 months. Decimal chief executive Nic Pollock said the funds will help Decimal continue its push into the superannuation market. “The new commitment from IFM Investors allows us to focus our investment in the successful release of our mobile first […]

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Jan
25

Australian Fintech, Forecast for 2020

Telecoms Market Reports has been published today new report. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of Telecoms and Computing Industries. Australian FinTech revenue will grow at a CAGR of 76.3% and exceed A$4 billion by 2020, driven by reduced taxes on investments in startups, steady increase in mobile payments, and rise of Tech-savy digital natives. The Australian Fintech Sector generated A$247.2 million in 2015. Sharp growth in the Fintech market in 2016 and 2017, followed by steady increases through to 2020, is likely spur growth. This research defines the Australian FinTech sector as comprising three market segments: digital payments, personal and business finance, financial infrastructure and data analysis. Each […]

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