Risk alignment software firm Riskalyze has attracted $20 million in its first-ever institutional capital infusion that will go towards expanding its Autopilot robo platform for advisers and other products, the company said on Monday.
The equity growth investment gives fintech backer FTV Capital a “very minority” stake in the company and Brad Bernstein, managing partner at FTV Capital, will take one of five seats on the Riskalyze board of directors, said Aaron Klein, chief executive at Riskalyze.
“We think we have just scratched the surface on the innovation we can do for advisers,” Mr. Klein said. “We decided to talk with a few prospective investors and raise the capital we need to fuel the next generation of innovation and growth.”
Financial planners use Riskalyze to assign risk scores to clients to help advisers recommend an appropriate investment strategy. About 15,000 people are using the Riskalyze platform to attain their “risk number,” according to the Sacramento-based firm.
The Labor Department's rule requiring financial advisers to provide retirement recommendations that are in the best interest of their clients has increased demand for the Riskalyze technology, Mr. Klein said.
Earlier this year, Riskalyze introduced its Autopilot digital advice solution for advisory firms, which advisers can imbue with their own brand. The platform allows clients to open new accounts, e-sign documents and sync their outside assets through the advisory firm website.
The firm isn't making public how many firms are using Autopilot at this point to make their businesses more efficient and give advisers more time to spend figuring out what's in the best interest of clients, Mr. Klein said.
“When advisers are manually executing trades and handling paperwork, that's not being a fiduciary,” Mr. Klein said.
FTV Capital has raised more than $2.7 billion, investing in mostly financial technology companies since 1998 and its past investments include managed account provider Financial Engines Inc.