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What is a 'Robo-advisor (robo-adviser)'

A robo-advisor (robo-adviser) is an online wealth management service that provides automated, algorithm-based portfolio management advice without the use of human financial planners. Robo-advisors (or robo-advisers) use the same software as traditional advisors, but usually only offer portfolio management and do not get involved in more personal aspects of wealth management, such as taxes and retirement or estate planning.

BREAKING DOWN 'Robo-advisor (robo-adviser)'

Robo-advisors are typically low-cost, have low account minimums, and attract younger investors who are more comfortable doing things online. The biggest difference is the distribution channel: previously, investors would have to go through a human financial advisor to get the kind of portfolio management services robo-advisors now offer, and those services would be bundled with additional services.

Below is a list of several robo-advisors:

AssetBuilder

Betterment.com

Covestor

Edelman Financial Services

Financial Guard

FlexScore

Folio Investing

FutureAdvisor

Hedgeable

Jemstep

LearnVest

MarketRiders

Motif Investing

Motley Fool Wealth Management

Nutmeg.com

Personal Capital

RebalanceIRA

Schwab Intelligent Portfolios

SigFig

TradeKing

Vanguard VPAS

Wealthfront

WiseBanyan

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