robo advice

May
31

The 2nd Annual FinTech Awards 2017

The 2nd Annual FinTech Awards 2017 celebrate the achievements of the dynamic people and businesses comprising the FinTech sector. These Awards seek to recognise success in the FinTech sector in its many forms. This event will be an evening of celebrating the best innovation, created by the best innovators and entrepreneurs that live and work in Australia. Australian FinTech is proud to be a media partner for the 2nd Annual FinTech Awards 2017 to be held in Sydney on 22nd June 2017. Australian FinTech’s CEO and Co-Founder, Cameron Dart, recently named as one of the Top 25 Influencers of FinTech in Australia, is honoured to be one of the judges […]

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May
24

Tech bounty to outstrip negative cyber-effects

The international ransomware attack this month that ensnared more than 150 countries — including Australia — brings to mind an intriguing question: can we afford to openly embrace digitalisation? Anthony Wong prefers to approach the conundrum from the opposite direction: can we afford not to? As president of the Australian Computer Society, Mr Wong is constantly told of the risks of digitalisation: robots replacing workers, disrupters pushing industries to extinction and personal data shipped off to the highest bidder. While he doesn’t discredit those fears, he reckons such concerns are outweighed by the opportunity to find solutions, adopt new skills and create fresh industries. “Artificial intelligence, robo advice, driverless cars, […]

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May
23

The shape of superannuation to come

The superannuation system has undergone sweeping changes in recent years and the dust has yet to settle. According to a finance software provider, tomorrow’s super system will look markedly different to the one we know today. In a recently released white paper, software company Bravura said Australia’s super system is likely to undergo a number of changes to meet the new regulatory environment and the advancement of modern technology. The role technology is slated to play in the delivery of superannuation services in coming years is likely to increase drastically, the company said. Super funds will be able to collect “unprecedented” amounts of data from their members and use this […]

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May
22

Ignition Wealth announces digital advice solution for users of BT Panorama

Ignition Wealth has announced that its digital advice solution will be available to investors, advisers and accountants using BT Panorama.   “We are delighted to be working with BT to deliver a truly customer-first solution to their accountants, advisers and investors. For accountants the move provides a post-FOFA solution that allows them to source advice for their clients in an efficient and, most importantly, compliant manner.” – Mark Fordree, CEO, Ignition Wealth.   Ignition Wealth operates a unique ‘robo-assisted’ model which allows customers to access a hybrid of the best of digital and traditional advice. Customers have the option of self-serve, some support or full advice from their own adviser […]

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May
19

Stockspot CEO Chris Brycki says advisers will become financial ‘curators’

The financial adviser of the future will be a “curator of digital services”, with no alignment to any particular bank or wealth manager, says Chris Brycki, the founder of a disruptive robo-adviser that gives investors access to low-cost exchange traded funds. Financial Review Rich Lister Graham Tuckwell led a $3 million capital raising for Stockspot this month to help the robo-adviser expand its team of engineers, rather than build up financial advice expertise. “It’s going to be more about technology and less about teams of financial advisers, analysts and fund managers, who in our view don’t add the value that we can add,” Mr Brycki said. “Their [financial advisers’] role […]

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May
18

Millennials to drive huge passive funds management switch, threatening jobs

The massive generational group of Millennials will accelerate the seismic shift to passive fund management as they seek to grow and protect their wealth, costing the jobs of more stock-picking professionals, according to investment specialists. Jay Pelosky, principal of New York-based Pelosky Global Strategies, said the Millennials’ greater experience with technology compared with Baby Boomers, distrust of so-called “experts” since the 2008-09 financial crisis and debt burdens from university education, meant they were attracted to low-fee automated investing such as exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and robo advice. “There will be a much greater and sustained move towards passive investing in part because of the Millennials,” said Mr Pelosky, a former Morgan […]

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May
16

NAB-owned UBank launches robot to sell home loans

In a first for an Australian bank, NAB-owned UBank has launched an artificial intelligence “chatbot” for home loans. Using IBM Watson’s supercomputer technology, it aims to reduce the time it takes to complete an application for a home loan, by providing real-time answers to questions that is available 24/7. Called RoboChat, it has been trained using data collected from customer questions and will continue to learn as more customers engage with it, becoming smarter and more user-friendly over time. Users ask it questions such as “what term do you offer on home loans” and “do you offer redraws and how do they work”, with RoboChat offering on-the-spot help. A handful […]

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May
12

Class partners with robo-advice provider

Class has teamed up with an SMSF advice provider, allowing accountants administering SMSFs to offer financial advice services to clients without the need for an AFSL. The partnership with Plenty Plus, which operates under its own AFSL, allows accountants to generate advice without the need for their own license. Advice fees will also be calculated per transaction with no additional sign-up or ongoing fees. Class chief executive Kevin Bungard said the importance of financial advice for SMSFs has been brought into sharp relief by the introduction of the super reforms. “The impact of the super reforms on SMSF members and other investors frequently sees them needing advice beyond tax and […]

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