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Robo advisors

Matchi Trend Report - Digital Account Origination

Fintechs have taken advantage of the trend of investment data democratization by creating applications that extract and organize investment related information. Robo advisors can assess risk appetite and construct bespoke portfolio to meet specific goals

Robo-advisers are usually self guided software or web based offerings that uses the inputs of a user’s lifestyle and demographics to determine their risk appetite, and ultimately create an appropriate portfolio of investments

These can be directed to a specific company’s suite of products or generally an educational journey which leads a user to a set of choices (for which a specific company has similar products)

Some robo-advisers are fairly simple with an outcome of asset allocation whereas others are much more specific where actual funds with specific mandates are chosen

These effectively disintermediate financial advisors while the upside is the acquisition of a larger base of investment clients that are “underbanked” from an investment point of view

Robo advisors tend to be B2C players and typically do not engage with financial institutions since they compete with financial advisors and wealth management in particular. However, some robo advisors are amenable to partnering by licencing their algorithms or white labelling their platforms.

Another class of financial empowering technology is not strictly an investment portfolio advisor but dispenses information and advice from stock market investments. This was hitherto restricted largely to wealthy clients – this democratisation of share ownership has led to a different type of advice, e.g. crowdsourced stock information, ETF comparison sites

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