We've reviewed many investing and personal finance services. We want to help you make the best decision of which service best suits your needs.
This comparison we review Wealthfront and Charles Schwab Intelligent Portfolios.
From our research, annual fees, minimum deposit, and 401(k) support the most important
features which choosing a robo advisor. Let's look at how Wealthfront and Charles Schwab Intelligent Portfolios stack up against each other on these features.
To start, we will compare the fees for trading with both robo
advisors. Wealthfront has
annual fees at 0.25% fee per year. In
contrast, Charles Schwab Intelligent Portfolios has annual fees of 0%.
When it comes to fees, Charles Schwab Intelligent Portfolios wins by not charging anything to use their service.
Let's consider the minimum investment that's required to use both Wealthfront and Charles Schwab Intelligent Portfolios.
At $500, Wealthfront requires a smaller minimum deposit.
Unfortunately, neither service offers assistance with your 401(k) and you will have to find another service if this is a requirement for you.
Overall, Wealthfront rates 9.5 out of 10, while Charles Schwab Intelligent Portfolios ranks 8.5 out of 10. For more information on either, you can read our full reviews on Wealthfront and Charles Schwab Intelligent Portfolios.
|Review||Wealthfront Review||Charles Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Review|
Overall rating as by Investor Junkie.Rating
|Commissions & Fees|
|Ease of Use|
|Tools & Resources|
|Promotions||$5k Managed for Free||None|
|Accounts Available||Taxable, Joint, Roth IRA, Traditional IRA, Rollover IRA, SEP IRA, Trusts, Non-Profit, 529||Taxable, Joint, Roth IRA, Traditional IRA, Rollover IRA, Custodial, SEP IRA, SIMPLE IRA, Trusts|
Does the robo-advisor offer assistance with your employer sponsored retirement plan?401(k) Guidance
|Tax Loss Harvesting||— All Taxable Accounts||— All Taxable Accounts|
|Retirement Planning Tools|
|Automatic Deposits||Weekly, Biweekly, Monthly and Quarterly||Monthly, Bimonthly and Quarterly|
|Socially Responsible Investing|
|Invests in Commodities|
|Invests in Real Estate|
How can you access the sevice? Website only? Via smartphone app?Access
|Website, iOS App, Android App||Website, iOS App, Android App|
More security to prevent unauthorized access to your account.Two-Factor Authentication
|Customer Service||Phone: M-F 7A-5P PT; Email||Phone: 24/7; Live Chat: 24/7; Email|
|Assets Under Management||$10B||$27B|
|Number of Accounts||244K||N/A|
|Sign Up||Sign Up|
Wealthfront is a robo advisor that emphasizes low fees and automated investing. The service shines when you have a taxable account, and the service is free for accounts under $5K if you use the Investor Junkie promotion or if you are referred by a current Wealthfront client. The negative is it doesn't support fractional shares.
About Charles Schwab Intelligent Portfolios
Schwab Intelligent Portfolios is Charles Schwab’s fee-free robo-investing service. And with the company's family of financial services, it's a one-stop shop: You can have some of your portfolio professionally managed through Intelligent Portfolios while being free to take advantage of all of the other benefits that Schwab offers.