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Built on Nobel

prize-winning

research

The Betterment Portfolio Strategy is a globally diversified mix of exchange-traded funds, chosen to help you earn better returns at various levels of risk. Read more about our selection methodology.

Invest in thousands of companies across the world.

Your Betterment portfolio can benefit from growth in both developed and emerging markets, so you're less exposed to the economy of any one country.

See a complete list of our stock ETFs and bond ETFs.

Lower Costs

Expense ratios well below the industry average.

Low Taxes

Funds that are typically the most tax-efficient.

Optimal Risk

Exposure across domestic and international markets.

Allocate assets for optimal performance.

How your money is spread across stocks and bonds can impact your long-term returns. We'll recommend how much risk to take on based on when you'll need your money.

Historically better results.

Betterment would have outperformed the average private client investor in almost all periods over the last decade. Learn more about how we determined this.

Additional Portfolio Strategies

Select from one of our four curated strategies, or create your own. All strategies can be customized to a desired risk level.

Socially Responsible Investing

Based on the Betterment Portfolio Strategy. Increased weight in stocks of companies meeting certain social, environmental, and governance criteria.

Key features:

Helps express investment preference for social impact

Maintains diversification and low costs

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Goldman Sachs Smart Beta

Diversified portfolio strategy that uses certain factors that attempt to outperform a conventional market-cap strategy

Key features:

Designed to provide exposure to drivers of investment returns beyond market cap, with different risks

Seeks to maintain tax efficiency and low cost similar to traditional, market cap-weighted strategies

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BlackRock Target Income

100% bond portfolio with different income yields. Helps insulate against the ups and downs of the stock market.

Key features:

Expects to provide more return from income, rather than capital appreciation

Limits exposure to stock market volatility

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Get even more control with a Flexible Portfolio.

Unique market views? External Holdings? If your investment preferences differ from our recommendations, you can adjust individual asset class weights in the Betterment portfolio to express them.

Available for Betterment accounts over $100,000.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an ETF?

An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is a security that tracks an index, a commodity or a basket of assets just like an index fund, but trades like a stock on an exchange. Betterment uses ETFs in both our stock and bond portfolios because of the liquidity, diversification, and low management fees they offer. Read more.

Will a taxable portfolio be different from a non-taxable portfolio?

Yes—We distinguish between taxable and retirement accounts when allocating bonds for additional optimization. Taxable accounts generally hold federally tax-exempt municipal bonds, providing portfolios more favorable after-tax return. Tax advantaged retirement accounts generally maintain exposure to U.S. investment-grade bonds.

Will my Betterment portfolio be globally diversified?

Yes—By using the world's markets as its baseline, the Betterment portfolio diversifies risk on a number of levels including currency, interest rates, credit risk, monetary policy, and economic growth country by country. As economic circumstances may drag down one nation, global diversification helps decrease the risk that one geographic area alone will drag down your portfolio. Read more.

Can my Betterment portfolio decrease in value?

Yes—Far from unusual, downturns are a normal part of even the highest returning investments. Investors often worry and react with panic in response to market drops, even if they are invested properly for their long-term goals, but interim losses are to be expected even during the best investment periods. Read more.

Can I use more than one portfolio strategy in my Betterment account?

Yes, you can have multiple portfolio strategies within your Betterment account. Portfolio strategies are selected at the individual goal level.

Where can I learn more about the Betterment portfolio and investing strategy?

You can read more about the Betterment portfolio, investment strategy, ETFs, taxes and more at our Resource Center.

How would you like to get started?

Your first step toward a smarter investing future starts here.

Create a Betterment account

Go ahead and join the smart, modern way to invest.

See what we can do for you

Tell us a bit about yourself, and we'll show you the benefits of investing with us.

Get a free investing checkup

Help us get a sense of your investing approach and see how you could improve.

Transfer a 401(k) or an IRA

Move an existing retirement account into a Betterment IRA.

Download the mobile app

Enjoy the Betterment experience anywhere on the go.

Are you on track for retirement?

Try our retirement calculator to see if you're retirement-ready.

Could your 401(k) be worth more?

Learn how rolling over an average 401(k) to a Betterment IRA could mean 60% lower fees.

Want more retirement guidance?

Read the latest on investing for retirement on our Resource Center.

1 As of August 2017, all mutual funds and/or ETFs used to construct GSAM's Model Portfolios have fees lower than the overall average expenses within their respective Morningstar categories.

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