Behavioral Finance, Decumulation, and the Regulatory Strategy for Robo-Advice [chapter]

Tom Baker, Benedict Dellaert
2019 The Disruptive Impact of FinTech on Retirement Systems  
This chapter examines the regulatory and market structure concerns raised by automated financial advisors, and arrives at two conclusions. First, the principles-based regulatory approach of the 1940 Investment Advisors Act in the U.S. appears adequate and sufficiently flexible to address the new issues raised by automation, at least for now. Second, there is a pressing need to develop new mechanisms for encouraging investment robo-advisors (and financial advisors generally) to provide high
more » ... ty decumulation services to their customers, because neither of the two prevailing compensation approaches—assets under management and commissions—provides sufficient incentive at present, and consumers are poorly equipped to evaluate the quality of decumulation services on their own.
doi:10.1093/oso/9780198845553.003.0009 fatcat:gg4egwm3ircgnhzzw3bulouxwe