Smartly is a robo-advisory platform targeted at the Southeast Asian millennial market that aims to simplify and educate users about financial investments

Country: Singaporesmartly logo
Year: 2016

  • Smartly is a robo-advisory platform that allows the average individual to invest and grow their wealth starting with as little as $50, and promises to be more than an algorithm-based automated platform, providing users with financial education and greater transparency.
  • Set to launch in Singapore in July 2016, Smartly is targeting to achieve a total of SGD 5 million worth of assets under management (AUM) by the end of 2016.

Concept

  • Robo-advisory is still relatively novel in the Southeast Asian region, and Smartly strives to be the first automated platform to launch in Singapore.
  • Many people have traditionally viewed investing as complex and risky with limited transparency in investment products, along with high management fees charged by asset managers.
  • Smartly targets this need by providing an automated platform that promises transparency and free financial education to their users.

Consumer Benefits

  • Low account minimum: Smartly allows an investor to start with an account balance with as little as SGD 50, attracting many younger investors.
  • Transparent fee structure: Smartly charges only 1% per year if an individual maintains an AUM under SGD10,000, 0.7% per year for a minimum balance of SGD10,000, and 0.5% for SGD100,000 and up. There are no hidden fees.
  • Education: Smartly strives to provide the average individual investment knowledge through providing short animated videos that can be viewed on-the-go.
  • Global diversification: Smartly diversifies an individual’s portfolio among various asset classes and across thousands of publicly traded companies globally to reduce the impact of unexpected local downturns.

How it works

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