Managed Accounts: Link and Invest Across Kuvera Accounts
Last month, we had released a feature called Family Account, wherein one can invest through multiple accounts (investment channels), for people in their family.
Usually, not everyone in a family wants to get involved with investing — no matter how effortless we make it!
Managing money is time consuming, and not everyone wants to do it themselves.
Among our users, we see this pattern clearly: one family member following up on queries on behalf of their aged parents, or brother or spouses.
Family Account was a solution for that — all investments for your family members, under one Kuvera login.
Except, there were a lot of users who want more fine-grained access control. Or want a trusted aide to take a look at their portfolio and advise them periodically.
And that’s where Managed Account comes in. It lets you link multiple logins.
What’s a Managed Account?
Let’s discuss with an example.
Wife has [email protected] email ID, that she uses to manage all her investments on Kuvera.
Husband wants to get into investing his money as well. He has a Kuvera account, [email protected] Mostly, he sticks to year-end ELSS investments when HR sends him an email for 80C tax benefit proof submission.
He wants his wife to manage his investments — select which funds to invest in, how to do the transaction, how to verify the order processing – he’s happy as long as he gets the ELSS report Kuvera generates for his investments.
He is no stranger to using the internet, or apps, to be more specific. It’s just the investment decisions he would rather have his wife take care of it, for the time being.
If his wife creates an account in her Kuvera login, as a Family Account, he would have to reach out to her every time he wants to know the latest valuation of his holdings, or get the ELSS report etc.
Managed Account allows him to maintain this independence — and only selectively allow his wife to perform certain activities from his account with full authorization, at every step of placing a transaction.
How to Create Managed Accounts?
First, you have to log in to Kuvera.
Use the “Accounts” link on the top-right dropdown menu.
Mobile users have the same option available to them.
In the Kuvera app, select “Accounts” link, from the expanded menu.
To access this menu, you need to expand the three-bars on top-right menubar (typical hamburger menu).
This would take you to the Family Account screen.
If you have it already activated, you should see your Kuvera account listed there. Most likely, it’s called “Portfolio Primary”.
But you can rename it, there itself, using the “Edit” link, or the pencil icon.
Then, use the Add Manager link below the account panel
Once you do this, you’d be presented with a screen, where you can add a manager for your account.
In our previous example, the husband would be doing it from his Kuvera account, to invite his wife as manager.
Now the fun begins!
Basically, you’ve to enter email ID of the person, whom you’re inviting to manage your account. And it has to be the login email ID of this user, which he’s using on Kuvera.
Before proceeding any further, one needs to understand all the risks, and Terms & Conditions of this set-up.
This other person, let’s call him “Account Manager”, would be able to accept this invite and get full access to your account, from their Kuvera account.
Other than your Kuvera password, KYC details, Bank details, Nominee details, and your Risk Profile — they’d know everything else about your investments, transaction history, active and past SIPs, your ELSS and Capital Gain statements, STP & SWP etc. on Kuvera.
But here’s the catch — to execute any order on your behalf, they need it authorized by you, via OTP sent to your email.
In other words, Manager gets Read Access by default, and Execute Access has to be authorized by you via Email OTP.
Even when you invite a manager, you need to verify your request by OTP. This is to prevent abuse of your account.
Once you verify this, your manager would receive an email, asking him to manage your account.
They’d need to login to Kuvera, to accept your request. A potential Account Manager is completely within their rights, to not accept your request to manage your money & investments for you.
Here’s how your account would look, after you’ve raised the request.
- One can have multiple managers for the same account.
- After sending manage request, you can choose to resend the email to your account manager, in case they’ve missed it. Use the “Resend” button for that.
- After sending manage request, if you change your mind, you can simply “Revoke” the request, by clicking the Delete button next to the manager’s name and email ID. This would revoke your manager’s access to your account, for good.
- Note that Account Manager must be a valid Kuvera user — as in, they must have signed up on Kuvera with the email ID, and have their email verified.
And this is how your Manager would see this, under their list of “Managed Accounts”:
Note that since they haven’t yet accepted the request, they won’t be able to view any holding. All investment info shows up as XXXXXX.
They have to click on “Start Managing” to accept the same.
Once they do, it’s just like another Family Account!
Your manager can switch to it, move around in your transactions and holdings, view your SIPs etc.
Only catch is, now, if the manager wants to place a transaction on your behalf, they’d need double confirmation — an OTP confirmation from you (it’d go to the email of the account owner), and at the payment stage, from you again, because the bank would send OTPs only to you.
When the Account Manager chooses to switch between accounts, your account, which he’s managing would also be available as an option in their switch account screen
Is Managed Account replacement for Family Account?
No, it’s complementary to Family Account.
The managed account only links the investment accounts, across Kuvera logins, with certain access controls. It doesn’t replace Family Account.
You can add your Family member’s (Dad’s) account within your login as a family account or become a manager for their account which is with different login.
Based on your use case, you may need a Managed Account, a Family Account — or both.
Can I convert my Family Account to Managed Account?
I had created a Family Account to manage my mom’s investment. Can I create a separate Kuvera login, and manage their investments from my login as a Managed Account?
If so, the answer is not yet.
You can archive the existing account (assuming you have no pending transactions), and create a new account on Kuvera, with different login ID (preferably your mom’s email ID); and then send a managing request to your Kuvera account. But you still have to import your holdings.
Remember that you cannot access profile information of an account (KYC, bank details etc.) from within a Managed Account. But you can, in a Family Account.