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OCBC launches robo-investing tool, a first in Southeast Asia

Targeting young and tech-savvy investors aged between 25 and 40 years old, OCBC Bank launched its algorithm-based investment service, RoboInvest.

The service, targeted at retail customers, requires a minimum investment of S$3,500. It will offer users 28 portfolios of equities and exchange traded funds across six markets, according to a report by Todayonline.

The automated digital investment tool will be based on themes such as technology, real estate investment trusts, fast-moving consumer goods companies, among others.

It will use algorithms to monitor each portfolio. When there are economic and market movements that impact the portfolio, the tool will periodically re-balance assets. Users will receive e-mail alerts prompting them to approve the rebalancing, so that they don’t have to constantly monitor their investments.

Photo courtesy: Wiki
Photo courtesy: Wiki

OCBC is reportedly the first bank in Southeast Asia to roll out such a service. Customers of the bank can set up a RoboInvest account via the bank’s Internet Banking platform.

The tool was jointly developed by OCBC with Singapore FinTech startup WeInvest, which was founded in 2015.

For managing assets up to S$50,000, the service fees for RoboInvest are 1.5 percent; whereas for assets more than S$50,000, fees are 1 percent.

This new service is set to change the way customers manage their investments, said Mr Aditya Gupta, the bank’s head of e-business in Singapore.

“This is another step in our ongoing journey to ‘democratise’ wealth management by delivering quality solutions to more investors with greater efficiency, convenience and personalisation,” he added.

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