We are proud to announce that your portfolio has been optimized for better risk-adjusted expected returns. While many of the new enhancements are under the hood, you will be able to see the improved selection of bonds when you look at the “Portfolio” tab of your account.
Over the last year, Betterment has more than tripled assets under management. In that time, we have cemented our status at the most trusted online investment manager by attracting many times more customers than any other fully automated online investment platform. We thank you for that.
Optimal asset allocation to drive performance
We have been working for several months to ensure that this transition is seamless. With this portfolio update, we have blended the best of investment finance with the best engineering to create more efficiency and better expected returns.
On the investment side, we used powerful computational models to drive better performance through optimal asset allocation. We did three important things to the investments: We added more assets, improved diversification, and created a smarter way to allocate assets at any level of risk. (We did not change any of the stock funds at this time.)
On the engineering side, we built a new trading system and ran massive optimization simulations to support the new portfolio. The engineering done for the new portfolio also laid the groundwork for future enhancements, as Betterment continues to expand and customize its offerings in the future.
The result is a portfolio that is optimally diversified across 12 asset classes—and should provide on average 0.57% outperformance compared to our old portfolio.
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.
Your Investments: Why Neatness Counts
It’s not a perfect science, but when it comes to investing, neatness counts. Or perhaps more accurately, neatness adds up to real dollars that compound over time.
Cash Analysis Methodology
Betterment's cash analysis aims to provide smart feedback when we think you have extra cash that could be earning you more value if it were in a higher yield account.
Explore your first goal
This is a great place to start—an emergency fund for life's unplanned hiccups. A safety net is a conservative portfolio.
Whether it's a long way off or just around the corner, we'll help you save for the retirement you deserve.
If you want to invest and build wealth over time, then this is the goal for you. This is an excellent goal type for unknown future needs or money you plan to pass to future generations.