James Gorman

  • Morgan Stanley announced Monday that it is launching its own roboadviser.
  • Access Investing will help the New York-based bank reach a wider-net of clients, according to a statement.

Morgan Stanley is going after the youngsters with a shiny new roboadviser.

The New York-based investment bank announced Monday the launch of Access Investing, an online roboadviser designed to capture a younger clientele.

Roboadvisers deliver financial advice through web platforms and mobile apps and use algorithms to design portfolios, not humans. Roboadvisers are growing fast with assets under management by such platforms expected to reach $1 trillion by 2020, according to research by Aite Group. That’s up from approximately $166 at the end of 2017.

The goal of Morgan Stanley’s new offering is to serve as a stepping stone, so to speak, for younger savers who one day might want to tap into the bank’s broader suite of wealth-management services when they are wealthier and older.

“Morgan Stanley Access Investing is an opportunity for financial advisors to grow their book of business by making connections with prospects earlier and eventually establishing full service relationships when clients are ready,” Naureen Hassan, chief digital officer, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, said in a statement.

Roboadvisers were first introduced to the market just after the 2008 financial crisis by financial technology companies such as Wealthfront and Betterment, which today manage around $10 billion a piece. But larger firms have been leaning into the space with some success. For instance, Charles Schwab which launched its first roboadviser in 2015, boasts more than $20 billion under management.

“As digital advice technology becomes more pervasive, the lines are blurring between traditional advisory services and robo advisors,” a recent report on roboadvising by BackendBenchmarking noted.

As for Morgan Stanley, the firm has already partnered with Trilio, a financial technology firm, to enable Read More Here