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Investing Basics

Not sure how investing works? That's great. Most investors tend to think of themselves as beginners. Get your investing fundamentals down here. Stocks, bonds, taxes, and performance—sharpen your understanding of it all.

Beyond Expense Ratios: Weighing Holding Costs With Trading Costs

Beyond Expense Ratios: Weighing Holding Costs With Trading Costs

What’s more expensive—holding a fund, or trading it? It depends. We walk you through the important factors to consider when determining the total cost of either holding your funds or trading them.

Debt and Savings: Initial Moves for Effective Investing

Debt and Savings: Initial Moves for Effective Investing

Tackling your debts and saving money are prerequisites to investing and building wealth. Here are 5 ways to tackle your different financial priorities.

Drivers of Investing: Time Value and Compound Interest

Drivers of Investing: Time Value and Compound Interest

When it comes to investing, the longer you let your money grow and compound, the more money you can likely earn in returns.

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How to Set Up Your Investments Correctly at Betterment

A quick overview of getting your portfolio started at Betterment based on your financial goals.

Managed Account or Self-Directed Brokerage Account?

Let’s explore the key differences between two types of common investment accounts: managed accounts and self-directed brokerage accounts.

Take on More Control with Flexible Portfolios

You may be an experienced investor who enjoys Betterment but would like to change aspects of our recommended portfolios. Enter Flexible Portfolios.

How’d the Market Do? That’s Harder To Answer Than You Think

In taxable investing, your after-tax return—the amount you “take home”—is what’s important. Yet far too many investors focus on market performance. Let’s look at the difference.

Why the Turbulence in the Stock Market?

Nobody has all the answers to why the market takes a nosedive, but it’s often useful to take a look at the economic precursors that may play a role in early-2018 market turbulence.

Managing Your Allocation As Your Goal Approaches

Automatically adjusting your allocation is one area of advice where automation can play a particularly important role for investors.

Advancing the Betterment Portfolio Strategy

Betterment’s core portfolio strategy is based on Nobel Prize-winning research. We continually improve the portfolio strategy over time in line with our research-focused investment philosophy.

9 Investing Truths That Don’t Get Enough Credit

Amazon has 149,449 book results for "investing." Morgan Housel recommends just nine points.

Answers to Financial Questions with Alex Benke, CFP®

After receiving so many questions from "Better Off" listeners, we decided to devote an episode to answering a few. Alex Benke, CFP®, joined me to tackle a variety of issues, from planning for retirement to paying off student loans.

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