Fidelity added four new thematic funds to its lineup, boosting the total number of its thematic investment products to 16 mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, it said.
The new funds are the Fidelity Enduring Opportunities Fund (FEOPX with a net expense ratio of 1.1%), Fidelity Infrastructure Fund (FNSTX, 1% net expense ratio), Fidelity U.S. Low Volatility Equity Fund (FULVX, 0.95% expense ratio), and Fidelity Stocks for Inflation ETF (FCPI, 0.29% expense ratio).
They are available to individual investors and via workplace retirement plans, Fidelity said. Fidelity Stocks for Inflation ETF will also be available via third-party financial advisors, it said. The mutual funds have no investment minimums, while the ETF has an investment minimum of one share.
“Thematic investing at Fidelity allows customers to invest directly in long-term trends and themes that best aligns with their interests or objectives, while accessing Fidelity’s differentiated investment research and portfolio management expertise,” the firm said.
Envestnet Adds 5 Yodlee FinApps to MyBlocks
Envestnet added five Yodlee FinApps to the MyBlocks client-engagement tool from MoneyGuide.
As with prior blocks, the new blocks feed account data into a MoneyGuide financial plan, “delivering broader advice while removing administrative barriers and making engagement easy,” the company said.
The five new blocks are: AI Fincheck, which measures financial health with an AI-driven assistant that automates and improves daily management; Cash Flow Analysis, which tracks finances to evaluate and forecast future expenses and income; Investment Holdings, which provides a “holistic view of a portfolio, allowing users to drill down into sectors and individual holdings”; NetWorth Summary, providing a “situational snapshot with an aggregated view of assets and liabilities [that] are continually updated”; and OK to Spend, which “outlines cash-flow capabilities with visibility into financial obligations and future income,” Envestnet said.
They are available to MoneyGuide customers who have a MyBlocks subscription and have licensed Yodlee data aggregation.
Meanwhile, MyBlocks and the Yodlee apps available via MyBlocks are expected to be available to RIAs using the Envestnet Tamarac platform in 2020, the company said. Envestnet bought Tamarac in 2012, Yodlee in 2015 and MoneyGuide parent PIEtech in March this year. Envestnet announced the initial integration of MyBlocks and Yodlee FinApps in July.
CAIS Rolls Out AI Learning System for Advisors
CAIS IQ is a new learning system using artificial intelligence and learning science that helps independent financial advisors “learn faster, remember longer, and master alternative investments,” according to CAIS, which launched its financial technology platform in 2009.
The new learning system “reduces the alternative investment learning curve by combining expert content with predictive algorithms that adapt to how each individual learns best,” the company said.
CAIS IQ is powered by an adaptive learning platform called Cerego that uses AI and machine learning to “scale proven cognitive science and empowers humans to learn faster and remember longer.”
Citing a 2018 report, CAIS said 84% of investors plan to increase their allocation to alternatives in the next few years, but many financial advisors said they want to deepen their understanding of these strategies before implementing them. CAIS IQ was designed to meet those needs, it said.
“Advisors don’t need more white papers and powerpoints but rather an effective, easy-to-use content delivery system,” Matt Brown, CAIS CEO and founder said in a statement.
Westwood Expands Sensible Fees to 3 Mutual Funds
Westwood Holdings Group expanded its Sensible Fees performance-based pricing model to three mutual funds operating within its newly-formed Multi-Asset franchise.
The new performance fee structure is available in Westwood’s Alternative Income, High Income and Total Return Funds. Investors will pay a minimum net total expense ratio of 0.35% if the fund matches or underperforms the benchmark. Additional fees would apply only if the Alternative Income Fund outperforms the benchmark, with a maximum net total expense ratio of 0.99%, the Dallas-based firm said.