A strange reshuffle took place this week in the often staid world of filing. On Tuesday, Vestwell, a partner and partner of BNY Mellon since 2018, approved the purchase of the bank’s Sumday subsidiary (it has been a partner of the startup since 2018). The terms of the transaction were not disclosed (BNY Mellon is already a minority shareholder in Vestwell).
Sumday administers and manages 529 college savings programs, 529A ABLE, and Secure Choice / Auto-IRA government sponsored savings programs. Overall, the company manages or oversees $ 20 billion in client assets, significantly increasing Vestwell’s AUA of $ 5 billion in 401 (k) and 403 (b) assets.
Sumday will be a subsidiary of Vestwell and will be renamed Vestwell State Savings upon completion of the transaction. The Sumday team will move to Vestwell along with their technology.
In the meantime, BNY Mellon will continue to serve as the preferred servicing agent for the government programs managed by Vestwell and through its subsidiary Lockwood Advisors Inc.
BNY Mellon’s Sumday, which is already partially operated by Vestwell, had a long year of choice and was selected as the OregonSaves provider after that program failed to meet growth targets under his previous manager (Sumday is already working with several other states) . .
For its part, Vestwell announced a $ 70 million Series C funding round in July.
Aaron Schumm, Founder and CEO of Vestwell, shared his vision on a blog this week which, in a nutshell, is to “become the engine that drives all savings and investments in the workplace. Today’s news accelerates our progress in realizing that vision. “
Tolerisk cooperates with Finmason
Cloud-based risk tolerance assessment technology provider Tolerisk (one of the last remaining independent risk providers) announced a partnership with analytics technology company FinMason on Friday.
The integration means that FinMason’s analysis engine will provide additional portfolio risk analysis to help financial planners and investment advisors better optimize results for their clients.
Finmason already has numerous integrations with providers from the consulting and investment industry from AdvisorPeak to Orion.
Overhaul of a Robo
US Bancorp Investments also announced that it has revamped its Automated Investor robo-advisor. When the platform first launched as a bespoke version of BlackRocks FutureAdvisor in 2018, the platform had a minimum investment of $ 10,000.
In mid-2019, this required minimum account size was halved to US $ 5,000 and the management fee halved from 50 to 24 basis points per year. At the same time, several additional goals and access to a financial advisor were added.
With this latest revision, the account minimum has been lowered again to $ 1,000, with the annual management fee still costing investors 24 basis points.
Other improvements include a new, streamlined digital application process, the addition of seven new “customer-friendly destinations” (including a new home and home remodeling), and a new dashboard for forecasted value and whether or not you are on the way Gates.