Consider a few questions to determine your investment advisor preference: traditional, or robo-advisor
Learn how so-called robo advisors work and their potential benefits
Chances are, you’ve heard of the “robo-advisors” that are taking the investing world by storm. But what exactly are they? And are you and your portfolio ready for a digital facelift? Let’s tackle these questions and more.
What is a robo-advisor?
Robo-advisors are automated investment portfolios that use algorithms to consider your unique needs against outside factors and then automatically allocate and periodically adjust your portfolio to help keep you on track. This is different from target date funds, which do not have the same capabilities.
Are people really using them?
Despite being virtually nonexistent just five years ago, robo-advisors are rapidly growing in popularity—and they’re expected to keep growing in the years to come.
How do robo-advisors work?
Despite its name, a robo-advisor isn’t a self-aware investing machine—there are skilled, knowledgeable professionals behind the curtain who manage your portfolio’s makeup. (That’s why we call them “managed portfolios.”) If you’d like to consider investing in a robo-advisor managed portfolio, TD Ameritrade Investment Management, LLC, offers Essential Portfolios, which are robo-advised model portfolios. Here’s the process for getting started.
Step 1: You tell us about yourself.
Answer a series of questions about your investing style, your risk tolerance, your time horizon, and your goals—whether you’re saving for retirement, a new home, or something else.
Step 2: Your portfolio comes together.
TD Ameritrade Investment Management recommends a model portfolio that aligns with your goals. The portfolios are composed of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that have been recommended by the pros at Morningstar Investment Management, LLC.
Step 3: The robo-advisor goes to work.
Our robo-advisor—backed by investing professionals at TD Ameritrade Investment Management—provides the monitoring and automatic rebalancing to help keep your portfolio on track, so you don’t have to.
Step 4: You stay engaged.
You can check in on your portfolio as much, or as little, as you want. With the Portfolios App, you can track your progress, deposit/transfer funds, and keep tabs on your money on the go. (But don’t worry, we’ll be monitoring it too.)
Why go automatic?
From the low fees to the low investment minimums and the professional portfolio management, there are many reasons to consider a robo-advisor model portfolio. The convenience of model portfolios can give you additional time to focus on the things that matter most: your family, your career, and all the things that make you smile.
Here are some other reasons to consider going robo:
Initial investments can be as low as $5,000.
Robo-advisors cost an estimated 70% less in fees and commissions than more traditional advisors.*
The funds in your portfolio are carefully selected by experienced professionals.
You could get a portfolio recommendation in 15 minutes or less.
Your portfolio is automatically rebalanced to help you stay on track.
Your portfolio is designed to be diversified to help manage risk.
*according to Accenture
Which level of automation is right for you?
TD Ameritrade Investment Management offers three types of managed portfolios for you to consider:
- Fully automatedLow cost, low minimumChoose from Core or Socially Aware model portfolios
Robo + Human
- Broader range of model portfoliosInclude mutual funds and ETFs
- Highest level of personal serviceTailored advice and portfolio constructionConsider your overall financial picture
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*Managed portfolios are offered by TD Ameritrade Investment Management, LLC.