The term “robo-adviser” generally refers to an automated digital investment advisory program.  In most cases, the robo-adviser collects information regarding your financial goals, investment horizon, income and other assets, and risk tolerance by asking you to complete an online questionnaire.  Based on that information, it creates and manages an investment portfolio for you.  Robo-advisers often seek to offer investment advice for lower costs and fees than traditional advisory programs, and in some cases require lower account minimums than traditional investment advisers.  The services provided, approaches to investing, and features of robo-advisers vary widely. 

Additional Information

Investor Bulletin: Robo-Advisers

Investor Alert: Automated Investment Tools

Press Release: SEC Staff Issues Guidance Update and Investor Bulletin on Robo-Advisers