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Understanding Markets

Markets drive the value of your investments, so it's worth taking a look at how they tend to work. Nobody can predict future markets, but you can control your own behavior for how you react to changes.

Bogle on Indexing and the Future of Investing

Bogle on Indexing and the Future of Investing

Jack Bogle discusses why indexing works and why it was important for the financial industry. And he and Betterment CEO Jon Stein look to the future of indexing and ETFs.

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

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.

How to Think About the Next Bear Market, Recession, or Risk

How to Think About the Next Bear Market, Recession, or Risk

There’s a difference between having expectations for the future and making a forecast.

Recent Articles

How to Use 2018’s Market Volatility to Your Advantage

The latter half of 2018 was a period of increased volatility. We view this as an opportunity for every investor.

Your Portfolio vs. “The Market” – Comparing Apples to Fruit Salad

When you order fruit salad, you don’t expect it to taste like a single apple. If you’re invested in a diversified portfolio, it’s unrealistic to expect it to behave like Apple or even only U.S. stocks.

4 Stats to Change Your Perspective on Investing

The factors that can be important to becoming a successful investor aren’t what you might think.

How Disciplined Will You Be in the Next Downturn?

Every investor should have a fire-drilled plan for the next market drop because anticipating your own behavior is part of what makes you a better investor.

How to Adjust Your Investments During Market Highs

Nervous about the stock market being at record highs? Instead of making short-sighted knee-jerk decisions, consider these five investing actions instead.

Brexit and Your Betterment Account: Why It’s Important to Keep Calm and Carry On

The Brexit vote ended with the U.K. electing to leave the European Union. As global markets react, Betterment continues to proactively manage your investments.

Financial Changes That Will Impact You in 2016

This year, expect debt to cost more, more expensive health insurance, and a new rule that will help to ensure all investors receive unconflicted financial advice.

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.

How to Earn Returns Through Volatile Times

Markets are moving on news about Greece—however, for appropriately invested goals investors, this is no big deal. Here's what you need to know about volatility and investing.

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