robo advice

Dec
18

Wealth scandals open door for new entrants

A global data provider believes neobanks and robo-advisers stand a good chance of gaining traction in an industry where incumbents are plagued with scandals. Following the news that troubled wealth giant IOOF could face several class action lawsuits, GlobalData believes the damage to public trust in the financial services industry will have significant long-term implications for how Australians invest. Andrew Haslip, head of banking content for Asia Pacific at GlobalData, said superannuation has a prized place in the heart of many Aussies and allegations of misuse of client money in this area are particularly damaging on top of a string of other banking and wealth-related scandals. It has given the […]

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Dec
14

Sargon Capital acquires listed robo adviser

Decimal Software Limited announced earlier today that the proposed scheme of arrangement between Decimal and its shareholders, in relation to the proposed acquisition of Decimal by Sargon Capital Pty Ltd , was approved by the Federal Court of Australia. Commenting on the transaction, Decimal CEO Damon Watkins said the group is pleased to receive formal approval for the acquisition of Decimal by Sargon, and looks forward to being able to finalise matters over the next week or so. “I am particularly thankful to the Sargon team who have demonstrated a strong commitment and confidence in the Decimal business, and have at all times acted with a strong sense of integrity […]

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Nov
22

Competition in SMSF market tipped to turn as robots enter

A panel of financial experts have staked their bets on robo-advice as the future of SMSF investment. The panel, which was hosted by the SMSF Association and included representatives from the Australian Taxation Office, ASIC, Investment Trends, SuperConcepts and OpenInvest, emphasised the need for SMSF members to keep up with technological advancements in order to continue investing wisely and maximising their assets. In the aftermath of the royal commission’s findings, trust in advisers in Australia is at an all-time low. As a result of such sentiment and the current advancements in technology and AI (artificial intelligence), the expert panel suggested the way forward for SMSF investors will likely be engagement with […]

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Oct
29

Women shun financial advisers in favour of money advice from robots

Robo-advisers are reporting a substantial spike in the number of female investors, citing a “perfect storm” of the fallout from the banking royal commission and the empowerment of the #Metoo movement. Six Park reveals that accounts held solely by women have more than doubled in recent months to sit at 40 per cent, up from 20 per cent in January. The firm delivers financial advice online using algorithms and technology in place of a human financial adviser. The greatest number of Six Park accounts are held by 26-35-year-olds and 35-50-year-olds. Average account sizes are $31,761 and $43,342 respectively. Across all ages, the average amount invested by females is almost $55,000. […]

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Oct
16

AFL great says Hayne will help robo-advice make mark

The findings of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry could play into the hands of robo-advice, reckons Ted Richards, the former AFL great turned director at Australian robo-advice platform Six Park Asset Management. “The royal commission has been sad for certain parts of Australia, but a fantastic opportunity as well,” the former Essendon Bombers and Sydney Swans player says. “We’ve been able to receive a lot of attention off the back of the (Hayne) inquiry.” Richards expects Commissioner Kenneth Hayne’s report and its ramifications to upset the traditional advice delivery model. “Robo-advice really grew in the US on the back of the financial […]

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Oct
11

AI platform claims it can advise at 1/20th of cost

A US-based digital platform wanting to set up a presence in Australia says it is able to provide financial advice through artificial intelligence for 5 per cent of the cost of a human adviser. New York-based fintech firm Pefin said its platform uses AI technology to provide holistic, affordable and fiduciary financial planning and advice, encompassing every financial decision a consumer would need to take, all for 5 per cent of the cost of a human adviser. It said it is currently setting up an Australian subsidiary to customise the product for the Australian market. “Pefin will license its AI technology and create a uniquely customised Australian platform that provides […]

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Oct
08

Australians are turning to robo-advisers to boost their returns

Investors hunting for decent returns on their hard-earned cash are looking at other options outside of parking their money in the bank. Interest rates on term deposits and online savings accounts remain around 1 to 2 per cent while the value of Australian sharemarket has climbed by 9 per cent over the past 12 months. Shares have also paid dividends averaging a healthy 4 per cent. Accountant Guy Bane, 29, said he was always looking to diversify his investments and he had steered clear of keeping cash in the bank. Instead he used robo-adviser Stockspot to do the hard work for him. “I’m trying to build a bit more wealth […]

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Sep
20

Fintech 101: Core concepts for the future of banking

Everyday it feels like someone, somewhere has coined a new banking term. But as Australia continues to take big steps towards innovation, the average Aussie might feel left in the dark when it comes to understanding what’s in store for the future of banking. So to keep you in the loop with all the latest in fintech, we thought it might be worth getting the basics down first. What is fintech? Put simply, fintech stands for ‘financial technology’ and can refer to any technology that is used in the finance industry to provide products and services. Just remember that fintech usually refers to newer, innovative products and services. For example, […]

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