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Anonymous

Asked on 05 Aug 2020

How do I manage high transactional cost when investing in a roboadvisor?

I am currently investing in an overseas roboadvisor. However, every transaction costs me about 60USD due to intermediary bank fees.

For example, I make a transfer of 1000USD. However, only 940USD will be invested after the fees. This means that my investment will have to rise 6% to break even. This is definitely not ideal.

Would it better if I try and accumulate 6000USD to reduce the fees percentage rate to 1% or is there a better solution? Any advice is welcomed, thank you.

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Gordon Lim
Gordon Lim
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Answered on 05 Aug 2020

If it has to be this roboadvisor, then you’ll just have to accept their pricing. With such high transactional costs, I doubt this roboadvisor “supports” dollar cost averaging for sums below $6000. Are there really aren’t any other roboadvisors offering a similar portfolio? Perhaps you could share the roboadvisor/portfolio and the community can advise you on cheaper alternatives.

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Andy Chan
Andy Chan
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Answered on 05 Aug 2020

Generally the existing roboadvisors in Singapore are more cost efficient than the one you're investing in. May I know why you're investing in an overseas roboadvisor?

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Gordon Lim
Gordon Lim

05 Aug 2020

Hi Anon, I just checked out their site. I had a misunderstanding. I thought the high cost was from the roboadvisor. May I then ask how you are making deposits. Then we can look at cheaper alternatives for that purpose.
Eman

10 Aug 2020

Apologies for the late reply. I’m using TransferWise currently
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