From exchange-traded funds (ETFs)1 to stocks and bonds, knowing which types of investments are right for you and your situation can be overwhelming. And once you decide on the right funds, you also need to manage your portfolio to make sure you’re on track to meet your goals. It can be a daunting process.
Thankfully, there’s an easier way. U.S. Bancorp Investments, an affiliate of U.S. Bank, offers a robo-advisor called Automated Investor that does the heavy lifting for you during the investment process. Helping you work towards your financial goals more effectively, the algorithm-based program has diverse portfolios built by the Asset Management Group experts from U.S. Bank.
Here we answer some common questions about robo-advisors and Automated Investor.
A robo-advisor is an online investment account that leverages smart technology to set up a mix of investments for you based on your goals and preferences. Adjustments are made to your account automatically.
People enjoy investing with a robo-advisor because they can start investing with less money—just $1,000—and they get all the elements of a diversified investment account without needing to make complicated decisions.
Enrollment in Automated Investor is easy and takes just a few minutes. First, you select a goal and say what you are investing towards, and then give more details, like how much you want to invest.
Next, decide if you want to invest additional money over time, such as making biweekly or monthly deposits. Once that’s established, determine how much risk you’re willing to take. If you don’t know your risk tolerance, Automated Investor’s Risk Quiz will help guide you. Lastly, set a timeline for your investment based on your financial goals.
Once you’ve funded the account, Automated Investor will select a group of investments across asset classes and invest your money according to the parameters you establish. As the markets change, your investments will rebalance to ensure that you're invested appropriately over time. You’ll receive a monthly statement that shows your balance, as well as detailed quarterly reports comparing your performance with different indices. Don’t worry: Human support is available to you whenever you need it. And if your situation changes, you can adjust your risk tolerance at any time to trigger a rebalance.
When you want to add to your investment, you don’t have to decide which funds to purchase. And when it’s time to withdraw money, you don’t have to pick or choose what to sell. Automated Investor makes those decisions for you, keeping your portfolio intact and in line with your original strategies. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it approach to investing, which can be especially helpful during volatile markets that can cause concern for investors who may wonder if their money is allocated properly.
The process is like working with an investment advisor. Both the human and robo-advisor will build your portfolio and tailor it to your needs. The biggest difference is that Automated Investor provides a digital experience with lower costs. You won’t be charged commission or fees on individual trades, and annual fees are 0.24%2 of invested assets, billed quarterly.
A tool like Automated Investor is a great way to get started investing in the market. The tool can also provide peace of mind for financially savvy individuals who want to diversify and balance their portfolio with a set of assets that are tailored to help meet their goals.
You now have the answers to questions like, “What is a robo-advisor?” and “How do robo-advisors work?” So, are you ready to get to work with Automated Investor? Visit our page on Automated Investor to get the additional information you need to get started.