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Roth or Traditional: Which IRA is Right for You?

Roth or Traditional: Which IRA is Right for You?

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are popular because of their flexibility. We’ll help you choose which one is better for now and the long term.

Take on More Control with Flexible Portfolios

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

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.

Recent Articles

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.

Value Investing: Research on the Risk and the Return

Our research on value investing helps us to stay on top of and consider the nuances that come with it.

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.

Asset Location Calculator: See the Potential Benefits of Tax-Coordinated Portfolio™

Try our calculator to estimate additional after-tax returns with Tax-Coordinated Portfolio™.

Understanding Returns in Your Betterment Account

To gauge the success of your Betterment portfolios, consider two metrics: earnings percentage and time-weighted returns.

Why Investing in Exclusive Alternatives Can Be an Expensive Waste of Time

Unless you get lucky, investing in exclusive alternative asset classes is rarely worth it.

The Forward Curve: How Betterment Forecasts Interest Rates

Betterment’s savings advice always takes into account the current and future risk-free interest rate.

Municipal Bonds: When Does It Make Sense to Go Local?

The case for munis, certainly relative to Treasurys, seems clear. Yet as with most investments, there's more to the story.

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