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About StashAway

StashAway started in the year 2016 by ex ZALORA Group CEO, Michele Ferrario and ex Nomura MD, Freddy Lim.

It is Singapore’s intelligent, automated digital wealth manager that personalises, rebalances, and optimises your portfolio so you can reach your goals.

Method of investing for StashAway

StashAway adopts an Economic Regime-based Asset Allocation™ method.

It is an investment strategy that harnesses economic trends to maximise your returns at the risk level that feels right to you.

Minimum investment and fees for StashAway

StashAway has no minimum balance required. This means that any amount of investment is welcomed.

StashAway charges a management fee ranging from 0.2% to 0.8%.

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  • Asked by Anonymous

    Samuel Rhee
    Samuel Rhee, Chief Investment Officer at Endowus
    Level 4. Prodigy
    Updated 8h ago
    Dear Anonymous, This is a great question and Endowus has reviewed the pros and cons of accessing various products and we believe that the most efficient way to access certain asset classes or funds is through a third option - Irish UCITS Funds(Unit trusts). I have seen many comparisons but nobody has really delved into the key issues in detail. Because they normally compare the US ETFs vs Irish UCITS ETFs or UCITS ETFs vs UCITS funds. I will review the pros and cons of the respective fund vehicles below; 1. US ETFs on the surface look good as they have lower fees and have narrow bid-ask spreads but this is more than offset by the huge witholding tax that it is subject to (For example, if dividends are 3% then you will be charged 1% which dwarfs any benefits of lower fees/narrow bid ask spreads). Recouping taxes is notoriously difficult as the money is co-mingled (meaning the dollar invested is not in your name and the tax refund is not specific to you) - you only get partial refund and you have to wait a long time after the money has been deducted to get a refund and God forbid you take your money out from the platform before the refund comes through as you may never get it back. 2. Irish UCITS ETFs simply solves the tax issue but on the other hand you have less choice in terms of ETFs, the bid-ask spread is quite wide as liquidity is poor, and finally the fees are higher as they tend to be smaller in scale and scale vs cost is directly and inversely correlated. However, you can bypass the bid-ask spread issue by accessing them through market makers at a small fee at NAV (this is the actual price/value of the fund = and please remember ETFs are funds as well but they are just listed to provide intraday liquidity and readily tradeable. This is a key point I elaborate on later). 3. UCITS Funds. Apart from the fact that these funds are tax-efficient like the UCITS ETFs, they also have no bid-ask spread. NONE AT ALL. This is because you can buy/sell it at the actual NAV. Even US ETFs have bid-ask spreads and some US ETFs are very wide at times. The whole point of ETFs and the reason they have bid-ask spreads is because it is exchange traded. If we trade US or UCITS ETFs from Singapore then we normally trade only once a day so it defeats the whole purpose of using ETFs which is supposed to provide live intraday liquidity. They trade once a day and provide liquidity once a day. So there is no benefit to ETFs other than the other factors focused on cost, which on balance including tax and FX risk, they lose out on. We are not taking advantage of the most important aspect of why ETFs exist. Furthermore, for UCITS funds, because you are buying at NAV at daily liquidity there is no additional cost of transaction and no need to inefficiently fractionalize shares(llike ETFs) as you can invest to the cent at NAV price. Finally, these funds have a broader choice than UCITS ETFs and they tend to be at scale much cheaper in terms of total costs. There is also another important factor that many people don't discuss as much as taxes, and that is the impact of FX on risk and returns. We pursposefully build and access UCITS funds denominated in SGD or Singapore dollar hedged products in the case of fixed income products. Whereas you are taking FX risk with US or other ETFs, which involves additional costs. This is a big additional benefit to accessing the products through Irish UCITS fund structures. So if you combine all of that, UCITS Funds from the likes of PIMCO and Dimensional that Endowus uses, are in fact the most cost-efficient, tax-efficient vehicles and removes completely any FX risk. Thereby allowing you to invest your Singapore dollar savings as a Singapore based investors with peace of mind. Thank you! Yours Sincerely, Sam
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Chuin Ting Weber
    Chuin Ting Weber
    Level 5. Genius
    Answered 2w ago
    Hi Anonymous, thanks for your question! Firstly allow me to clarify the structure of an investor's relationship with MoneyOwl vs Dimensional and the roboadvisors you mentioned. An investor would invest in Dimensional funds through or with MoneyOwl ; and the parallel is that an investor would invest in ETFs through roboadvisors like Stashaway or Autowealth. So the "equivalent" of Dimensional funds are the ETFs (provided by Vanguard, State Street etc.) and they are the underlying funds with fund managers. Whereas MoneyOwl's "equivalent" in terms of the relationship with an investor is the roboadvisor like Stashaway or Autowealth. The investment philosophy thus has to be considered on different levels as well. On the underlying fund level, Ting So and Yang Teng have described the differences between Dimensional and ETFs (passive indexed funds traded on exchanges). I would say that there is commonality in both Dimensional funds and ETFs used by roboadvisors in being market-based (largely following market, no "active" management in terms of stock picking or tactical asset allocation/ market timing), low-cost and broadly diversified. To digress slightly - but on an important point: there are structural differences between Dimensional funds, being unit trusts, and ETFs, those used being US ETFs, that affect the accessibility, return and risk of the investor that are not directly to do with markets. Broadly speaking, they are as follows: (1) Dimensional funds, being unit trusts, can be invested even with small amounts down to your last dollar. MoneyOwl, being a social enterprise seeking to bring great solutions to the ordinary person, has a low threshold in terms of investment quantum of $100 one-off/ $50 monthly. To do the same with ETFs, you would have to either have larger investment amounts, accept some drag from keeping some spillover in cash, or fractional shares with your record kept at the roboadvisor's level and you may or may not be comfortable with this. (2) ETFs (depending on which ones are used) may have a lower headline Total Expense Ratio (TER) than Dimensional funds, but the situation may be reversed once you consider hidden costs of ETFs especially withholding tax treatment, but also fund bid-ask spread and forex bid-ask spread. Dimensional funds used by MoneyOwl are domiciled in Ireland, are much more tax-efficient than ETFs, and traded on NAV, without bid-ask spread, and are registered in Singapore as SGD funds. (3) For the bond portion, Dimensional funds are fully hedged back to SGD, your base currency, whereas US bond ETFs are not. It is important to hedge bonds back to base currency because the volatility of currency is higher than that of the volatility of bonds. If you do not hedge out the currency, then actually you are taking more risk that you had meant to by incorporating bonds into your portfolio and you are really investing in a different type of portfolio with a different risk profile. Please read this article for more important on differences in structure https://advice.moneyowl.com.sg/why-unit-trusts-and-not-etf/ To return to investment philosophy: just as important to consider, besides the investment philosophy of the underlying funds, is the investment philosophy of the one "with" or "through" which you invest -- MoneyOwl or the roboadvisors. While the underlying instruments are market-based, or passive or passive-plus, do understand whether there is an active overlay expressed in terms of dynamic or tactical asset allocation, based on such views as macroeconomic changes, market forecasts etc., and which you are convinced by. MoneyOwl believes that it is very hard to beat the market consistently over the long run by changing tactical asset allocations, as borne out in the active managers' longstanding underperformance as a group and also the lack of persistency of champions who make it in on year. Instead, MoneyOwl believes in staying invested in globally diversified portfolios over your investment horizon to capture market return, without going in and out. Rebalancing for us is about returning to the weights that present your intended risk/return mix or asset allocation, based on your need to take risk, your ability to take risk and your willingness to take risk, not about changing asset allocation mixes. A full description of our investment philosophy is here https://advice.moneyowl.com.sg/the-right-way-to-invest/ You may also wish to join us at our inaugural Investment Symposium on 25 May 2019! https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/moneyowl-investment-symposium-registration-60702740531 In addition, you may wish to understand how each of the companies you are investing "through" or "with", adds value as there are meaningful differences. After all, you pay an advisory/"wrap"/access fee. There are many models, some are more like robo-macro fund managers (as they shift asset allocations), some are more robo-tools for access. For MoneyOwl, allow me to describe who we are and what we do: 1. Our core is advisory, and bionic (not just robo-) advisory. Bionic advisory means combining tech and human wisdom, and we have a good-sized (human) advisory team of fully-salaried (non-commissioned) advisoers who are available to you not just for client service, but for actual regulated financial advice. Why do we believe that humans are important in investments? This is because money is a very personal thing and can involve not just the head but the heart. There can be complexities in how the need to take risk, ability to take risk and willingness to take risk interact or contradict each other, and human wisdom for risk coaching is needed. Most importantly, risk coaching is important to help investors understand how markets work and to stay invested through turbulent times, to not lose out on return but capture the full market return upon recovery. In fact, Dimensional funds are not available directly to investors worldwide, but they only distribute through advisers, because they believe in the advisor alpha or value-add to a client's investing experience. 2. We are a comprehensive financial advisor, not just an investment (robo-)advisor, though we have an investment platform, which is our third robo after insurance and will-writing. These are all on our website at www.moneyowl.com.sg In the next few months, we will roll out our fourth robo which is the comprehensive planning module that incorporates CPF LIFE into retirement planning as the starting point or bedrock of retirement planning for Singaporeans and PRs. If you check out our content site at advice.moneyowl.com.sg, you will see that our range of articles is not just about investments, but about insurance, estate planning, wills, CPF etc. 3. Finally, MoneyOwl is not a pure start-up, but a joint venture between NTUC Enterprise and Providend. NTUC is a household name that has been around for decades, to serve ordinary working families and help everyone stretch the hard-earned dollar. Providend is the first fee-only, conflict-free independent financial adviser in Singapore, one of the first set up almost two decades ago, known for its best-in-class expertise and ethical advisory practice. As part of a larger corporate group, we also take security seriously, with MoneyOwl being an ISO27001 certified company despite being only about 9 months old. We are thus confident to bring our services to the Singapore mass market, with this unique parentage that brings a combination of mission and experitse, to be with you in your investment and holistic financial planning journey. Hope this helps and thanks for reading!
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Jaren Ng Kok Liang
    Jaren Ng Kok Liang
    Level 2. Rookie
    Answered on 15 Apr 2019
    Have you started investing with StashAway yet? Sign up with my link and we'll both get up to $10,000 SGD managed for free for 6 months! https://www.stashaway.sg/referrals/jarenn8w
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  • Asked by Rochak Agrawal

    Amanda Ong
    Amanda Ong, Head Of Client Engagement & Pr at Stashaway
    Level 3. Wonderkid
    Answered 1d ago
    Hi John, Just jumping in to clarify some of points above. Our pricing structure ranges from 0.2-0.8% i.e the more you invest with us or as your AUM grows, the lower it gets. The 0.1% currency conversion fee is charged by our broker and is actually much lower than what you would get if you converted with your bank. If you'd like to save on your fees, you can also consider our referral programme here :)
  • Asked by Low Rui Jia

    Eddy Cheong
    Eddy Cheong
    Level 2. Rookie
    Answered 2d ago
    Thank you, Low Rui Jia, for your question. I will answer it in the following way. (1) Who is recommended to invest? Basically anybody who needs to grow wealth should invest so that money works harder than leaving as bank deposits. But before investing, you should be financially healthy, just like you need to be physically healthy to run a marathon. A good financially health means having sufficient emergency fund, avoiding excessive debts and getting major protection risks covered, put you on a firm foundation that strengthen your ability to stay invested in the long term. (2) You should stay invested in the long term For a successful investing experience, staying invested is necessary in order to capture long term market return. While there will always be short term fluctuations, stock markets go up in the long run because of higher corporate earnings driven by demand of goods and services due to growing global population and rising affluence. But staying invested during market volatility is difficult because of human nature. Even though our HEAD knows that (1) there will always be short term market fluctuation, (2) markets always recover and (3) markets go up in the long term, our HEART usually fails to follow through, resulting in missed investing opportunities. (3) A Trusted Adviser Hence it is important to seek good advice and invest with those you can trust. Trust means trustworthy, competent, and one who is able to journey with you to help you stay on course through turbulent times in order to reap the benefits of investing. MoneyOwl believes in this philosophy of trust and competency.. Even though we have a few robos (insurance, will-writing, investment), we called ourselves as bionic adviser. By bionic, it means we combine the precision of technology with the wisdom of human advisers to give you the advice you need. On top of that, our conflict-free salaried advisers are there to risk coach and help you understand how markets work and encourage you to stay invested. It may interest you to know that MoneyOwl is a JV between 2 trusted brands - NTUC Enterprise and Providend. NTUC is a household name that has been around for decades, to serve ordinary working families and help everyone stretch the hard-earned dollar. Providend is the first fee-only, conflict-free independent financial adviser in Singapore since 2003, known for its best-in-class expertise and ethical advisory practice. We are thus confident to bring our services to the Singapore mass market, with this unique parentage that brings a combination of mission and expertise.
  • Asked by Anonymous

    Yong Kah Hwee
    Yong Kah Hwee
    Level 6. Master
    Answered 2d ago
    Sure you can, but you must evaluate to see if it makes sense. Unless you have made a significant gain in your investment, or if you think your investment instrument is not actually a good one, I would suggest to not sell it.
  • Asked by Raymond

    Yu Ming Jin
    Yu Ming Jin
    Level 3. Wonderkid
    Answered 2w ago
    Hey there, fellow NSF here. It's great that you are investing! I too have invested some of my service allowance into the products you have mentioned. First of all, amazing job in having a solid emergency fund. Always keep yourself covered; the peace of mind in having liquid cash at your disposal if something goes wrong is a feel-good factor as we learn the ropes in our personal finance journey. With Stashaway 18% risk index, a sizeable portion of your portfolio is already invested in bonds. Given the fact that you are still young (lord, I sound old), I believe parking more funds into SSBs might not be the most optimal if you are looking for (stable) growth. I would say investing into the STI via POSB Invest saver might be a good idea. Considering your investment portfolio, which has little/no diversification into the domestic market, having some G3B in your portfolio can be ideal. However, fees are pretty high (0.82%) and returns might be less than what is offered by Stashaway. Try to reduce your spending if possible too! Club/siamdiu less and go easy on the canteen food :P
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