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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 Office Hours: April 8, 2020

Watch the video from our first Advice and Investing Office Hours and get answers to questions that customers just like you asked our team.

What Should I Be Doing With My 401(k)?

With the spread of COVID-19 and recent market volatility, it’s natural to wonder what you should do with your 401(k).

How To Transfer Assets In Volatile Markets

Have a high-fee or high-risk brokerage account that you’ve been avoiding transferring due to potential tax consequences?

Recent Articles

Jon Stein: Thoughts on the Volatile Market

Much of what Betterment has worked toward the past 10 years has been purpose-built to endure all the worst and the best the market has to throw at us.

Should Investors Be Worried About Coronavirus?

While many factors affect stock market volatility, coronavirus is the leading cause of recent ups and downs.

Acceptable Reasons for Using Flexible Portfolios

If you have reasons not to follow our exact portfolio recommendation, small deviations are likely okay in moderation, although they are not advised.

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

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

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.

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.

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