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I just stumbled across this pretty interesting article about the ongoing mutual fund fee dispersion and especially the quite evident decrease in mutual fund and ETF fees. Some past academic research, such as Iannotta and Navone (2012) and Haslem (2015), has already pointed out that there is no straightforward answer to the question why mutual fund fee dispersion exists, and whether there is an overall trend towards lower fund fees. But there is substantial evidence showing that mutual fund expense ratios have been in decline for the past two decades and there is a similar phenomenon going on in both actively managed and index mutual funds. 1)See: Collins, S. & Duvall, D. (2016). “Trends in the Expenses and Fees of Funds, 2016“ ICI Research Perspective 23(3) Furthermore, as Cooper, Halling, and Yang (2009) argue, there is “an important and multi-dimensional puzzle regarding the fees charged in the mutual fund industry.” Hu,…

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I just recently completed a short overview of the evolution of digital wealth management space since late 2010 to circa late 2017. In this timeline, I focus almost solely on the emergence and development of robo-advisors and various other forms of automated wealth management. I have tried to cover startups, multiple actions of incumbents and I have also collected AUM figures for some players I think are interesting to follow through in upcoming years. This timeline is based on publicly available information, and as I didn’t plan well ahead, it ended up to be a bit messy and unstructured. In the future, I plan to continue the work by focusing on various geographical differences, robo-capabilities, funding, etc. in the digital wealth management space. FinTechnews Switzerland just published a very nice story about the development of robo-advisory, and they were kind to include my “messygraphic” as part of their story. This was actually just…

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