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Dan Egan

Managing Director of Behavioral Finance & Investing, Betterment

Dan Egan

About Dan

Dan Egan is the Director of Behavioral Finance and Investments at Betterment. He has spent his career using behavioral finance to help people make better financial and investment decisions. Dan is a published author of multiple publications related to behavioral economics. He lectures at New York University, London Business School, and the London School of Economics on the topic. Contact Dan at

Articles written by Dan

Diversification: Winning the War by Losing Battles

Diversification involves knowingly accepting some individual losses in order to gain long-term returns.

What Our Investment Philosophy Means for You

Betterment’s investment philosophy plays a major role in how we help you make the most of your money. From this philosophy, we can derive five principles that we believe all investors should follow.

Our Evidence-Based Approach to Improving Investor Behavior

Betterment’s rigorous testing helps to ensure that we know what works (and what doesn’t) when it comes to improving design and investor outcomes.

Personal Investing Strategies Tailored For You

We’ve long tailored customer portfolios based on factors like goal type, and risk tolerance. Now, we’re further personalizing our advice at the level of the portfolio strategy itself.

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.

The Investment Strategy that Could Get You to Mars

The privatization of space travel—and the ambition of Elon Musk—means that Mars colonization might be closer than you think. If we’re to believe recent statements on cost, it is a surprisingly accessible goal with the right long-term saving strategy.

A Live Q&A with Betterment’s Managing Director of Investing

Here’s a recap of our online educational question and answer session with our very own Dan Egan, Betterment’s Managing Director of Behavioral Finance and Investing.

After the 2016 Election: Focus on the Future and Filter Out the Noise

Making investment changes when emotions are running high is always dangerous—including when it comes to this election. The wise thing to do is to remain calm and stay the course.

How Will the Election Affect Your Investments?

Elections and political events aren’t likely to impact your long-term returns. Instead, focus on lowering your fees where possible, and maximizing your tax efficiency across your portfolio.

How Active Is Your ETF’s Index?

Many investors assume that because ETFs track indexes, they follow passive index investment strategies. That’s no longer true.

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