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Understanding Performance

Investing performance—is it all about returns? Growth? What about taxes? How do fees impact performance? Here, we break down investing performance for for beginner investors, experienced investors, and everyone in between.

How Checking Performance Might Hurt Your Performance

How Checking Performance Might Hurt Your Performance

As your investment manager, we strive to maximize your returns and reduce your investment costs. But did you know that we also try to help you reduce your stress?

Is Betterment Worth It? Estimating the Added Value of a Robo-Advisor

Is Betterment Worth It? Estimating the Added Value of a Robo-Advisor

Based on our estimation, using Betterment’s retirement recommendations could earn you 38.8% more after-tax money in retirement compared to investing on your own.

Why Stock Market News Might Be Misleading You

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.

Recent Articles

Investing’s Pain Gap: What You Put Up with To Earn Returns

Markets are frustrating—especially when you look at a year’s worth of returns. Year to year, you can easily experience what we call the pain gap. The key is to not let the pain gap create a behavior gap between your account and market performance.

The Benefits of an Early IRA Contribution

Want to know a simple strategy that can help you end up with thousands more to spend in retirement?

How Much to Save: Our Advice Guides You Towards Your Goals

A good financial plan has to adapt over time to be successful. Here’s how Betterment helps you do that.

How Does Betterment Calculate Investment Returns?

Understanding and using time-weighted and money-weighted returns within your Betterment dashboard.

Displaying Performance to Shape Better Investor Behavior

Understanding your accounts’ performance can feel complicated. We’re advancing how we display performance to help answer your questions and make stronger investment decisions.

How We Calculate Returns

Learn the different ways returns can be calculated, and find answers to common questions we hear from customers about their returns.

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.

Long-Term Returns Have a Cost, and It’s Well Worth the Price

We’re investors in the stock market because it has a long, time-tested history of generating big returns for those patient enough to let compound interest work its magic.

Should You Try to Beat the Market…or Just Save More?

If you’re relying on the returns from your investment to meet an investment goal, you may be surprised at how your additional savings can help you achieve the same results as those of an active manager.

How Much Are You Losing to Fees?

Unexpected or hidden fees can damage your long-term investment returns. Sync your outside accounts with Betterment now and see how much you’re being charged by other investment providers.

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