Yes it been a full 4 years since I opened up my Robo Advisor account. For those new to investing, a Robo Advisor is a new wave of wealth management companies that invest on behalf of others using an online platform and a combination of algorithms and computer coding to buy and sell specific investments and manage portfolios. Four years ago these firms were just stepping into the investing conciousness, but since then they have mushroomed and even traditional investment companies are now offering some flavor of online investment management services. It all seemed quite appealing however there was one thing that many marketing materials, blogs, and mainstream media was avoiding (and still are I might add)…do these types of services make money for investors?
Since no robo advisor company back then was interested in disclosing their performance (they still avoid it) other than citing research that their strategy is superior, I decided four years ago to try an experiment and find out for myself. I setup an account with one of the big Robo Adviser firms. My goal was to go through the process and blog about my experience and more importantly, the results. I’ve always said that we need a good five years to really get a handle on how effective these services are compared to traditional wealth management services. Well, we’re at the 80% mark of my ROBO journey, so let’s check back in and take a look at how it’s doing now and see if we can squeeze any conclusions about the service. Read More
We’re half-way through the year and so I thought it would be a good time to check back into my ROBO portfolio to see how it’s doing and if there is anything interesting going on. Three and half years ago I decided to try an experiment and find out for myself. I setup an account with one of the big Robo Adviser firms and invested $5000 of my own money into it. My goal was to go through the process and blog about my experience and more importantly, the results. I said that we need a good five years to really get a handle on how effective these services are compared to traditional wealth management services. Well, we're coming upon the 4th anniversary of my ROBO account, so let’s take a look at how it’s doing at the mid-year mark. Read More
When we last checked in with our ROBO portfolio in January it was taking some hits along with the overall stock market. Since then the market has recovered quite nicely. Let’s see if the Robo Portfolio has bounced back. Read More
Another quick peak into our Robo Portfolio which I created in January 2015. Read More
There have been a lot of commentary about the prospects of this type of service gaining traction especially with younger people or people who have minimal assets but want to get exposure to the overall stock market without doing all the legwork. Instead of writing about these services in theory, I decided to actually put my money where my mouth is and actually invest some money with a Robo-Advisor service and blog about the whole experience and more importantly track the performance and costs that these services generate. In this post, I walk through the process of registration. Read More
In the U.S. several companies have made a bit of a splash offering a service that will manage their investments online using sophisticated algorithms to automatically select appropriate investments based on the client’s risk and demographic profile. The kicker is that because of the minimal overhead, they can charge ultra-low fees. The premise is that the traditional financial advisory model is broken because advisors are focused on selling product rather than genuinely working to help people meet their financial goals. Well I thought I would mind map the pro’s and cons of what could be a model that could disrupt the whole advisory business. Read More