BlackRock Jumps Into Robo Market
The giant asset management company said it was acquiring robo advisor FutureAdvisor.
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Concerns about China and turmoil in Greece, along with growing speculation about the Federal Reserve were leading factors in the decline in investor confidence, according to a Spectrem Group report. more »
We're a long way from building strong, interpersonal relationships with computers (the movie "Her" notwithstanding), which gives banks an advantage. more »
Robo startups are expected to reach $452 billion in AUM in five years, but incumbent firms will possess over $1 trillion in assets in the digital automated advice space. more »
Betterment CEO Jon Stein says his firm is adding 1,000 accounts a week to the tune of about 94,000 with a total of $2.3 billion AUM. Over 30% of assets come from clients age 50 and up, he adds. more »
Wealthfront CEO Adam Nash says “Silicon Valley optimism” will help reimagine and redefine financial services. more »
SEC Commissioner Kara Stein is worried that mutual fund sector is moving beyond the reach of the regulators. more »
Fidelity's custody unit is backing a deal in which a Mariner Holdings unit will pay 35 basis points for referrals of mass affluent customers. more »
At the urging of management, advisors and bankers now hold joint annual review meetings with customers in a coordinated quest to secure more of their business. more »
The additional revenue from President Obama's expected proposed tax increase would be used to fund programs to assist the middle-class; Plus, how to help a client who missed employer's matching 401(k) funds. more »
Older middle-class Americans in their 50s are more likely to lack confidence in their retirement preparedness, with almost half fearing they haven't saved enough. more »
Global private wealth will grow 40% to $369 trillion by 2019, with more than one quarter of the growth coming from emerging markets, according to Credit Suisse Group AG. more »
Only about 20% of the mass affluent market have a financial advisor, notes FutureAdvisor CEO Bo Lu, compared with around 60% of individuals with more than $1 million in investable assets. more »
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