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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.

How Betterment Works During Volatile Markets

How Betterment Works During Volatile Markets

It can be difficult to ride out a market downturn when you can see it affecting your investment portfolio. We have automated features in place to address volatile markets when they occur.

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?

Riding Out Rollercoaster Markets

Riding Out Rollercoaster Markets

Riding out market volatility is much like riding a rollercoaster: staying securely in place with your investments will help safeguard you from those drastic market dips.

Recent Articles

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.

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.

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

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

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

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’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.

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.

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