How to Make Money by Investing with a Robo-Advisor

Choose the right Robo-Advisor for your needs

For those unfamiliar with what a robo-advisor is, it is an online investment service that selects a suitable portfolio and manages it depending on the investor's risk. However, there are many different types of robo-advisors available each applying their own investment method. It's important to understand the differences as most will seem very similar. In the main, some of the differences are:

When choosing your robo-advisor, consider their licence, their team's credentials and make sure to question their experience and qualifications.

All of the aforementioned must be checked carefully because unfortunately with the rise of online technology there are unscrupulous scams which need to be avoided.  It is wise to select a robo-advisor that invests in Exchange Traded Funds (ETF's) as these products are considered relatively safe. This is because ETF's are well-diversified and highly liquid.

System Registration and Risk Tolerance Testing

When you decide to use a robo-advisor you access the online platform to register. Take a good look around the platform and read everything carefully so you feel confident that it is the right service for you. Once you have made the decision to proceed you will then be asked to take a short risk tolerance test.  This is done to assess your attitude toward risk and offer you a suitable investment portfolio. It takes a very short amount of time and the results are bespoke to each investor.

Reading your Sample Portfolio

Once you have completed the registration and tolerance test, you will receive a summary of the type of portfolio you could invest in. It will show a breakdown of how much is suggested to be invested in each asset. This is normally expressed as a percentage of total assets.  It also presents a risk tolerance score.  Read this thoroughly because it will show where your money might be going if you choose to go ahead.  Information will include which countries you will invest in, the industries and the type of investment products too.

Making an Investment

Finally, once you have decided to continue you will then place your investment money into a broker's account. Don't forget that you will be responsible for paying for the execution of investment operations, any investment advice and for buying or selling investment products.  At this point it is important to select a reliable advisor.

It is worth mentioning that investment portfolios can fluctuate in value but the main thing is to stay calm because this is entirely normal. You should expect to see a return on your investment over time.

By Sergey Sosnov
Sergey Sosnov is a founder and CEO at, a tech-based investment management service operating in the UK. Prior to founding Zen Assets Sergey was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Investment Management Division where he managed $1 billion in private clients’ funds. He holds an MBA from Wharton School, majoring in finance. Sergey enjoys mountaineering in his free time.

Copyrighted 2016. Content published with author's permission.

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