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Financial Advisors vs Robo Advisors – Battle of The Useless

TL;DR: One is an idiot and one is for idiots.

What happens when you can’t land an investment banking analyst position, don’t have enough work experience for buy-side, and all the cashier jobs at Starbucks are taken

You go into wealth management. 


Let’s face it - if they were actually good at investing, they would be working at a fund.

The problem is that there’s just nothing else out there when it comes to investment management.

Sure, you could use a robo-advisor to buy a few generic indices, but we could just do that on our own for free. Robo-advisors are purposely trying to win - the ETFs they invest in only track an index, rather than try to beat it. For a robo-advisor, the goal will always be to achieve second place because second place is “good enough.”

And even if we wanted to manage our personal accounts, we barely have enough time to wipe our own asses. (We’ll leave those YOLO trades on the Wall Street Bets subreddit for another discussion.)

The reality is that most of the investment solutions out there are built for your average joe that just wants to start investing for the first time ever. A Guggenheim alum is bucking the passive trend and helping provide high-quality investment management to other financial professionals.

Saul Cohen left a portfolio management team that oversaw over $10 billion in fixed income at Guggenheim to build Round. He saw the value of the investment process for institutional clients, and built the technology to bring that investment process to the masses.

Their value add is that through their easy to use app, you get a curated portfolio managed by these bad-ass fund managers that make those active, institutional-grade investment decisions.

Also, instead of generic stock and bond portfolios, you get exposure to alternative asset classes and strategies.

If you could actually trust where you’re investing, think of all the amazing things you could be doing with your time.

You could take up art. Or even poetry. Or you could just keep brown-nosing your MD and cry yourself to sleep—but at least you’ll be sleeping better at night not worrying about your investments.

Here’s the kicker:

If you fund an account of $25k or more with our specific link, they’ll send you a Round branded Patagonia vest.



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