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As Acorns grapples with monetizing 1.1 million micro-accounts, the laid-back LA robo-advisor brings Wealthfront’s former chief exec onto its board

After this week's $1.3-billion Robinhood valuation, the sheer quantity of Acorn accounts may count for plenty in VC estimations

April 28, 2017 — 9:50 PM UTC

After VC personally supplants CEO, Trizic raises $3.3 million, signs online octopus and begins to shed perception that it squandered a lead

Drew Sievers invested $1 million in the robo-advisor then took the place of CEO Brad Matthews, who admits it's been for the better as he became a father at 38

April 27, 2017 — 10:39 PM UTC

As Goldman Sachs' badly kept secret about branding an advice robot leaks out, Goldman-watchers see contours of Lloyd Blankfein's grand if 'scattergun' virtual advice strategy take shape

The NYC investment bank's CEO may be saving the Goldman brand for last after smart beta ETFs, Honest Dollar, Motif and 'Marcus by Goldman Sachs' are up and running

March 30, 2017 — 7:20 PM UTC

Jon Stein unleashes elite RIA referral unit as crown jewel of grand Betterment plan to sell virtual fiduciary advice

Robo's CEO names Vanguard, Fidelity and Schwab as market-share targets of his advice offensive across the full spectrum of affluence

January 31, 2017 — 10:11 PM UTC

Schwab unveils its virtual future to plaudits but using green CFPs as its real people, mandatory 6% cash, could prove troublesome

Move to launch 28 basis-point Schwab Intelligent Advisory by summer checks all boxes on price, robo, planning, ETFs -- and commoditizes what RIAs sell for three times the fee

December 15, 2016 — 6:11 PM UTC

Andy Rachleff takes back CEO spot at Wealthfront at critical juncture

Adam Nash bows out after overseeing growth to $4.5 billion of AUM

October 31, 2016 — 11:34 PM UTC

BlackRock solicits more regulator scrutiny of robo-advisors, eliciting jeers and a cheer

The near $5-trillion asset manager makes its case for why the robo game is best left to the big boys as critics suggest FutureAdvisor's owner is proposing a solution in search of a problem

October 11, 2016 — 3:46 PM UTC

What to make of Wealthfront's three big hires and why its artificial intelligence bid may be indefensible as a strategy

The Redwood City robo bets big on an ex-Google engineering whiz amid a Betterment onslaught and after a period of high-profile departures

September 22, 2016 — 9:06 PM UTC

Betterment makes Goldman Sachs and Vanguard partners as it shifts into higher RIA gear

With advisors demanding to get back in the driver's seat, the robo's RIA chief, Tom Kimberly goes for two big-name model portfolio strategists under the 'Betterment for Advisors' brand

September 14, 2016 — 1:29 PM UTC

Citing Edward Jones as a cautionary tale, Cerulli alerts 'eRIAs' -- i.e. robos -- that they need to be world-beaters just to survive

The Boston-based researcher suggests by 2016 the standalone B2C model will demand net asset gathering $150 million per month -- a figure that will soon balloon to $180 million per month

October 14, 2015 — 4:42 PM UTC

Why BlackRock's purchase of FutureAdvisor for $152 million could be a deal of destiny

FutureAdvisor will nestle into BlackRock's risk management unit armed with iShares while Wealthfront and Schwab favor Vanguard ETFs

September 2, 2015 — 7:52 PM UTC
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