Paladin Transparency Index (PTI)


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  • Type of Financial Firm: Online Financial Advisor (OFA)
  • URL:
  • Year Established: 2014
  • Headquarters Location: Irvine, CA
  • Most Recent Update: 8/11/15

Types of Financial Services

  • Investment Advice and Services

Registration & Licensing

  • SEC: 801-78602
  • CRD: 165926
  • IARD: 165926
  • Disclosures ( None

Contact Information

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 855-739-2859
  • Human Contact: Yes
  • Type of Contact: Email, phone, web chat, twitter


  • Minimum Asset Requirement: None
  • Minimum Fee: None
  • Free Offer(s): Students and anyone under 24 do not pay management fees on any size account.

Combined Fees

  • Service Initiation Fees: None
  • Annual Fee: Annual wrap fee .25% for balance of $5000 or more. Accounts under $5000 pay $1/month.
  • Annual Third Party Fee(s): Some ETF's charge fees.
  • Examples of Third Parties: ETF's, Index Funds, Mutual Funds, Broker/Dealers

Scope of Business

  • Number of Users: 49,800 (Source: ADV, as of 8/11/15)
  • Assets (Paid): $55,000,000 (Source: ADV, as of 8/11/15)
  • Assets (Free): None

Investment Services

  • Number of Portfolios: 5
  • Types of Investments: ETF's
  • Investment Managers: Acorns

Additional Investment Services

  • Data Aggregation Services: No
  • Tax Loss Harvesting: DND
  • Rebalancing: Yes
  • Account Liquidity: 5-7 Days to Process
  • Investor Discretion: No

Additional Information

  • Clearing & Custody: Acorns Securities
  • Mobile Application: Yes

Paladin Transparency Rating (PTI)

  • 4.5


  • None


  • Acorns helps you proactively invest. They round up each of your transactions to the nearest dollar, and invest the change into a diversified portfolio. Simply connect a credit card, or debit card and a checking account, and tell them about yourself. They will automatically recommend a stock portfolio based on information like your age, time horizon, investment goals and the amount of risk you’re comfortable taking.

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