robo advisors

Jan
22

Why you should invest, not save, for your kids

While parents want to be able to provide the best for their kids, it’s hard to save for their little ones’ futures when interest rates are slumped at historic lows. Even with regular deposits, cash attracting just 0.5 or 1 per cent interest in a savings account might not amount to all that much. However, if you choose to invest for your kids, you could potentially net each child an extra $35,000 by the age of 21, according to Patrick Garrett, chief investment officer at robo-adviser Six Park. “There’s a growing awareness of the power of compounding interest but also a willingness to consider investment portfolios because most people who are […]

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Jan
14

Robo-advice growth a worldwide trend

A new survey reveals the robo-advisory is increasing in competition across both the Asia-Pacific and European markets. Research from data and analytics company GlobalData’s Wealth Managers Survey found that the robo-advisory market is increasing in competition globally, with more start-ups entering the wealth management industry year by year. According to GlobalData wealth management analyst Sergel Woldemichael, traditional wealth managers across the globe in previous years had a widespread level of agreement that robo-advice would seize market share. “However, as of 2018, the level of agreement that Asian-Pacific and European wealth managers will lose market share to robo-advisors is beginning to align,” Mr Woldemicheal said.   To read more, please click […]

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Dec
19

Millennials seeking financial advice from millennials

Younger people are shunning their parents and older professionals when it comes to getting guidance on all things financial, a new study has shown. Instead, the research from consumer advocacy group Adviser Ratings has found millennials are seeking other members of their generation to give them a helping hand. “They want to find advisers who have similar goals and life experiences… someone who understands that they’re not looking for the same conventional advice their parents got,” Adviser Ratings CEO Mark Hoven told Your Money Live.  “It’s a lot more about lifestyle.” That’s partly because advice tailored to older generations isn’t as applicable to those in an earlier life stage. “It’s a fact that […]

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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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