Schwab Advisor Services announced enhancements to Institutional Intelligent Portfolios™, including an account conversion feature allowing independent investment advisors to easily and in a matter of minutes transfer investor clients’ existing Charles Schwab brokerage accounts to advisor-branded automated investment accounts. The entirely paperless process makes it simpler than ever for advisors to incorporate automated investing into their practices while freeing more time to spend with clients and efficiently grow their businesses.
Since the 2015 launch of Institutional Intelligent Portfolios™, the automated investment platform for independent registered investment advisors (RIAs), Schwab has continually invested in enhancing the platform based on advisor feedback. More than 1,100 firms have signed on to use the solution, providing advisors and their clients a highly customizable, best-in-class experience.
In addition to account conversion capabilities, recent enhancements to the platform include:
• Increased number of available funds: now 2,700 mutual funds and 1,400 ETFs, which can be used to build client portfolios
• Unlimited portfolio-modeling capabilities, including infinite model creation and custom drift settings
• The ability to handle inherited IRA accounts
• Option for advisors to initiate the digital account open process on clients’ behalf, enabling firms to provide an even higher level of client service
“Automated investment management helps advisors scale their businesses while complementing the invaluable wealth management services they already provide to investors,” said Lauren Wilkinson, vice president, Digital Advisor Solutions, Charles Schwab. “The continued growth we’re seeing in firms using automated investing to serve clients underscores the importance advisors place on using technology to operate their firms more efficiently in order to deliver an outstanding client experience.”
The Institutional Intelligent Portfolios™ enhancements are the latest example of Schwab’s ongoing strategy to deliver cost-effective portfolio management and integration solutions that help advisors save time, increase security, reduce costs, eliminate errors, and scale their businesses. Whether advisors are looking to automate accounts at Schwab through Institutional Intelligent Portfolios™, manage portfolios with Schwab’s free and proprietary Portfolio Connect™ offer for small and growing firms, or tap into a range of secure and high-quality integrations across categories and providers, Schwab is committed to providing advisors with technology that fits their individual business needs.
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