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TD Ameritrade Essential Portfolios vs Wealthfront Review

Brandon Reinkensmeyer

Published by Brandon Reinkensmeyer


Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

For our 2017 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 TD Ameritrade Essential Portfolios 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 TD Ameritrade Essential Portfolios's 4.00 stars.

Exploring both robo-advisor feature sets, we can also find differences. Wealthfront has tax-loss harvesting, TD Ameritrade Essential Portfolios doesn't. For running calculations on being ready for retirement, clients will want a retirement calculator. Wealthfront offers an advanced retirement calculator while TD Ameritrade Essential Portfolios does not. Some customers like to monitor their personal financial goals. TD Ameritrade Essential Portfolios and Wealthfront both offer goal tracking. Finally, an attractive feature includes providing deeper account analysis thanks to the ability to import and aggregate third-party financial accounts. Wealthfront offers external accounts analysis while TD Ameritrade Essential Portfolios does not.

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. TD Ameritrade Essential Portfolios makes live chat support available to clients, while Wealthfront does not.

Overall, TD Ameritrade Essential Portfolios comes out on top with 4.50 stars over Wealthfront's 4.00 stars. And, as far as individual category awards go, Wealthfront posted awards Best in Class - Cost in 2017, while TD Ameritrade Essential Portfolios found itself with Best in Class - Investment Approach, Best in Class - Platforms & Tools and Best in Class - Customer Service.
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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
Tax-Loss Harvesting
529 Plans
CFP Access
Phone Support
Email Support
Live Chat Support
Goal Tracker - Basic
Goal Tracker - Advanced
External Accounts Analysis
Market Research Reports
iPhone App
Android App
TD Ameritrade Essential Portfolios
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TD Ameritrade Essential Portfolios Review
 
4.5
4.5
4
4.5
4.5
 
$5,000.00
0.30%
0.30%
0.30%
0.30%
0.30%
$900 Million
N/A
N/A
N/A
 
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Wealthfront
Wealthfront Review
 
4
4
4.5
4
3.5
 
$500.00
0.0%
0.15%
0.20%
0.23%
0.25%
$7.4 Billion
N/A
N/A
N/A
 
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes

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