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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.

Featured Articles

Betterment Everyday™ Cash Reserve Has A Variable APY: What That Means For You

Betterment Everyday™ Cash Reserve Has A Variable APY: What That Means For You

Interest rates change over time, but at Betterment, we are always working hard to help give you one of the best rates possible so you can make the most of your money.

Why Only “Buying Local” When Investing Is Risky

Why Only “Buying Local” When Investing Is Risky

Currently, U.S. investors may be asking themselves why they should be investing outside of their home country when their own stock market is doing so well. Just a few decades ago, U.S. investors were asking themselves the opposite question.

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

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.

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.

Understanding The Inverted Yield Curve

Our economy is about to make history. June of 2019 marked 10 years of expansion of the U.S. economy, which ties with the previous record spanning March 1991 to March 2001.

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

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?

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.

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