Note: while we included the UX score for opening the investment accounts in these 7 Challengers, we didn’t consider it as a determining factor for the winner of this battle. While opening an investment account is a prerequisite for being a contender, the two different ways in which these accounts were opened – a few of them during the digital onboarding process, others as a separate process later – did not allow for an objective comparison. This explains the wide difference between the UX scores of these Challengers.
What impressed us?
- Acorns customers during the process of opening their investment accounts automatically create investment portfolios. These are built according to their preferences regarding their investment risk, growth potential, level of expertise and how much access they wish to have.
- Aspiration provides customers with the “Redwood Fund”, a fossil fuel-free fund which invests only in companies with sustainable environments that have growth potential on par with the Challenger’s environmental initiatives.
- Betterment customers can create their portfolio according to their investment preferences (e.g., risk level). They can also open a retirement account by selecting an investment portfolio and their impact on the world (i.e. environmental, social) and if they want to opt in to auto-adjust its allocation.
- During the process for opening their investment accounts, MoneyLion customers are asked about the level of investment risk, their preferences in stocks, the level of fluctuation and their affiliation to the stock exchange. Then their portfolio is created according to their preferences.
- SoFi customers have the ability to create different diversified portfolios according to the types of shares these include. For example, they can create a Social Network portfolio which will incorporate stocks from companies like Facebook, Linkedin, Amazon, Apple. Also as per its name, the social spectrum of the Challenger allows them to socialize to follow other investors and see their investments allocation.
- Stash offers its customers a retirement program with an account and plan of their choice. This account is funded with either manual or automatic investments which are set to grow the money put aside. Additionally, customers are provided with custodial accounts for kids which function as accounts that will help teach children about investments and invest for them for future goals such as going to college.
The winner of this month’s Battle of the US Challengers is… SoFi!
Through an easy and intuitive process customers can in 44 steps open their investment account in a user journey that is UX-evaluated at 109 out of 1000 according to our Perfect 1000 scoring system. Customers can buy and sell Stocks, ETFs and Cryptocurrencies using a comprehensive and modern tool that simplifies the process. They can also monitor their bought stocks and cryptocurrencies or any other that they want as well as their price fluctuation. including following other popular investors and their investing movements.
The Challenger provides customers with the ability to create diversified portfolios, according to the type of stocks that are included. Car company portfolios for car company stocks, tech portfolio for tech companies only etc.. In addition, users can, if they want, follow other popular investors and see their investing movements.
Overview of the price fluctuation of Bitcoin in SoFi
To top it all off, SoFi represents the one of the only two Challengers in the US that allow the customers to own and trade cryptocurrencies; the other being Revolut. MoneyLion has also announced its intention to offer them as well in the future. SoFi offers an impressive 21 different cryptocurrency coins that its customers can choose from. The Challenger seems to have realized the customer’s infatuation with cryptocurrencies which have taken the industry by storm over the past few years.
Overview of other Investors in SoFi
And with SoFi’s victory we conclude the wealth management category of battles. What this battle clearly indicates is that Challengers banks are already beginning to understand the importance and opportunity that digital banking investment features represent. For non-expert users that have not ever considered investing, these Challengers offer an integration with their banking space to help them learn, try and experiment with it in a safe environment.
Tune in next month for our final battle: Support
Want to know more about these Challengers (or any bank worldwide)?
Here’s the US edition
- Digital Onboarding and KYC
- Cancel, Reorder Debit Card and Use Virtual
- Help me Save Towards my Goal
And don’t forget the UK edition