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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.

Featured Articles

Are You New To Investing? Start Here

Investing can be easier and less expensive than you think. We’ll show you the ropes so that you can start making the most of your money today.

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?

How Much Are You Losing To Idle Cash?

Uninvested cash may feel more readily available compared to when it's invested, but there can be better ways to manage your funds. Find out how.

Recent Articles

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.

Your Unique Version of Investing History

How we think about investing has more to do with our personal experiences than we realize — and while we can’t change our inclinations, we might be able to influence how we react to them.

What is Dollar-Cost Averaging?

Although it’s not always the most optimal investment strategy, choosing to dollar-cost average into the market has behavioral and psychological benefits that may help you over the long run.

Investing in Different Assets: What Are Your Possible Choices?

You want to begin investing, but have no idea where to start. Here is your guide to investing in different assets, jargon-free.

5 Finance Books That Can Help You Get it Together

Ever wondered what’s on our bookshelf? We share five finance books that we love, because we’re sure they can help you on your journey to become a smarter investor.

How We Use Your Dividends To Keep Your Tax Bill Low

Every penny that comes into your account is used to rebalance dynamically—and in a tax-savvy way.

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

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

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

How to Set Up Your Investments Correctly at Betterment

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

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