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Personal Capital vs Wealthfront Review

Blain Reinkensmeyer

Published by Blain Reinkensmeyer


Thursday, November 15th, 2018

For our Robo-Advisor Review we assessed, rated, and ranked eight different firms. Instead of relying on website information and marketing materials as most editorials do, we opened and funded an account with each robo-advisor to acquire a true client experience. Here, we will compare Personal Capital vs Wealthfront to see which robo-advisor is best.

To start our comparison, we will take a look at the annual fees for both services. Cost is broken down into two separate buckets: the annual management fee charged for having an account and the annual fee charged for holding each ETF in the portfolio. Wealthfront's score is 4.50 stars versus Personal Capital's 3.00 stars.

Exploring both robo-advisor feature sets, we can also find differences. Both Personal Capital and Wealthfront offer tax-loss harvesting. For running calculations on being ready for retirement, clients will want a retirement calculator. Personal Capital and Wealthfront both offer an advanced retirement calculator. Some customers like to monitor their personal financial goals. Personal Capital alongside Wealthfront offer goal tracking. Finally, an attractive feature includes providing deeper account analysis thanks to the ability to import and aggregate third-party financial accounts. Both Personal Capital and Wealthfront offer external accounts analysis.

Lastly, more web savvy customers may find it valuable to have access to customer service through phone, email, and live chat. However, not every robo provides live chat support as an option. Neither broker offers live chat support.

Overall, Wealthfront comes out on top with 5.00 stars over Personal Capital's 4.50 stars. And, as far as individual category awards go, Wealthfront finished with awards Best in Class - Cost, Best in Class - Investment Approach and Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, while Personal Capital came up with none of these.
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Overall Robo
Investment Approach
Cost
Tools
Customer Service
Minimum Deposit
Annual Fee - $5,000
Annual Fee - $25,000
Annual Fee - $50,000
Annual Fee - $100,000
Annual Fee - $1,000,000
Total AuM
Avg Funds Expense Ratio - Conservative
Avg Funds Expense Ratio - Moderate
Avg Funds Expense Ratio - Aggressive
Advantage
Tax-Loss Harvesting
529 Plans
CFP Access
Phone Support
Email Support
Live Chat Support
Advantage
Goal Tracker - Basic
Goal Tracker - Advanced
External Accounts Analysis
Market Research Reports
iPhone App
Android App
Advantage
Overall Robo
Advantage
Personal Capital
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Personal Capital Review
 
4.5
4.5
3
5
3
 
$25,000
0.89%
0.89%
0.89%
0.89%
0.89%
$6.49 Billion
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No
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4.5
Wealthfront
Wealthfront Review
 
5
5
4.5
5
3.5
 
$500.00
0.25%
0.25%
0.25%
0.25%
0.25%
$10 Billion
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N/A
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Yes
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No
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No
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5
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