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Financial Industry

Let's talk about the financial industry. What needs to change? Who will change it? We're pushing the limits to make the financial industry more consumer-friendly.

Featured Articles

Meet $VOTE: Channeling Our Values Through Shareholder Engagement

We're adding the new $VOTE ETF to our Socially Responsible Investing portfolios. Here's why it gives investors more power to advocate for their values.

How Memestocks Affected Investors’ Actions And Emotions

In April, Betterment surveyed 1,500 investors to examine “the rise of the day trader,” and how ‘memestocks’ affected their actions and emotions when it comes to making financial decisions.

Managed Account Letters and Duplicate Statements

Learn how to obtain a managed account letter, and request that duplicate statements are sent to your employer if necessary.

Recent Articles

FDIC vs SIPC—What’s the difference?

FDIC. SIPC. NCUA. There’s a good chance you’ve heard of most of these acronyms at some point while dealing with your finances. But what exactly does each mean when it comes to your money?

FDIC Insurance: What It Is And How It Works

Deposit insurance was created in 1933 by Congress to restore faith in the U.S. banking system. Learn about how deposit insurance works and what it can mean for your cash.

The Beginner’s Guide to Online Banks And Neobanks

Online banks, or neobanks, are growing in popularity—but what are they and how do they work? Here are some things you need to know.

Why Stock Market News Might Be Misleading You

Learn to separate the meaningful information from the noise. Knowing the right way to interpret market news can help us to make smarter decisions about how to manage our investments.

Women and Money: Bridge The Gap

It’s no secret that women fight more of an uphill battle than male peers in their efforts to reach personal financial goals.

How Banks Fail in Helping You Save Money

You may not realize it, but our financial lives are shaped by a great divide: banking vs. investment managers. In between lies most people’s pinnacle challenge: saving for the future.

Betterment Encourages SEC to Adopt Investor-Friendly Disclosure

As the SEC considers new rules to better protect and inform investors, Betterment formally suggests ways to improve a new disclosure, Form CRS, based on actual investor research.

The Senate Is Planning a Tax Hike on Retail Investors. It Should Be Removed.

The Senate’s current tax bill includes a mandate that would be punitive for everyday investors. Without a doubt, the FIFO mandate should be removed from consideration.

The Fiduciary Rule Should Be Fully Implemented

Major provisions of the DOL’s fiduciary rule are going into effect this month, but the provisions that enforce the rule are under attack. It’s up to all of us to make sure the fiduciary rule stays a rule, not a loose guideline.

Betterment Hosts Roundtable on Fiduciary Rule’s Bygone Start Date

If it hadn’t been delayed, the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule would have taken effect this week—a game-changing shift for individual investors. To mark this juncture, we hosted members of the press and investor advocates for a roundtable discussion on how to achieve better standards for retirement advice.