robo advisors

Jun
10

Robo-advice finds market in digital-savvy older investors

Hey robo-advisers … You’re looking the wrong way! Millennials have no spare money and don’t care about investing just yet — but older Australian investors are more than ready to play. One survey after another in the US shows older investors are ­actually super keen to examine low-cost digital-based financial services. And closer to home, it’s worth pointing out that a recent survey from the SMSF Association revealed a higher portion of Australia’s one million SMSF operators were willing to try robo-advice than the general public. No doubt this emerging reality has not been lost on the kingpins of Australian finance — the banks. Earlier this week, NAB funds management […]

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Jun
02

Australian robo-advisors dismiss ING report

The new survey by finance giant ING has been dismissed by Australian robo-advisors as failing the history test and being contradicted by other studies. ING’s survey, which captured headlines, found that 90 percent of global respondents would never use robo-advice. Robo-advisors ranked below friends, family and even the internet as a source of investment advice. “Years ago our parents generation paid for everything in cash and cheque books, people were initially fearful of ATM card technology and online shopping . We now live in virtually a cashless society and online retail is the norm,” Chris Brycki, the CEO of Stockspot, told AltFi. “The idea that robo-advice can’t replace a human […]

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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
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
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
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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May
09

Australians are turning to alternative types of investments

Australians unable to buy in an overheated property market are turning to other investments to boost their wealth. As property prices in capital cities particularly Sydney and Melbourne continue to soar and returns on cash in the bank remain around two per cent, many savers have had to look at alternative ways to grow their money. KILL your debts quicker than ever before Ray Corcoran, 29, who runs his own marketing consultancy has put off buying property and instead is investing his money through a Robo-adviser — an automated investment service. After having his savings in an online account collecting interest at a rate of 1.6 per cent he decided […]

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