At Betterment, we want to help you achieve your personal financial and retirement goals, regardless of your relationship status.
But if you’re one half of a couple and thinking about investing in a taxable account, rolling over your old 401(k) or IRA, or starting a new IRA with Betterment, then there are additional features that may be right for you—and they are available to all current and new customers.
One Household, One Fee
Regardless of whether couples are cohabiting or married, separate Betterment accounts tied to one household can benefit from a combined “householding fee.”
For example, let’s say partners Alex and Blake are Betterment customers, invested with $30,000 and $70,000, respectively.
Instead of having two separate management fees of 0.25% for each of their accounts, they can benefit from a householding fee of 0.15% (10bps lower) based on their higher combined balance of $100,000. Their separate Betterment accounts will be treated as a linked account.
For couples, Betterment includes tax-efficient features for investment accounts. By turning on Tax Loss Harvesting+ (TLH+), investors are able to offset taxes on both gains and income because the sold security is replaced by another optimal asset in an investor’s portfolio.
Our tools are so advanced they’ve even been shown to provide two times the tax benefit, versus methods used by other automated services.
For married couples, TLH+ is designed to prevent inadvertent wash sales (where securities are sold and repurchased shortly thereafter) between two separate accounts or one joint account, and it allows the IRS to consider Betterment joint account activity as one.
When you enable TLH+ on your Betterment account, you’ll be asked for your spouse’s Betterment account information so that we can help optimize your investments across your accounts.
Long-Term Planning with RetireGuide
With RetireGuide, couples can stop questioning how much money they’ll need to live happily ever after, together.
Betterment’s RetireGuide recommends to couples how much they need to save for retirement based on their income—including Social Security income, their 401(k)s and other savings, and when and where they plan to retire.
RetireGuide stays updated with your current Betterment account and synced non-Betterment account balances, and it’s always available for couples to revise.
We use the information we already know about you as a couple, as well as a few extra inputs, to help personalize your plans and determine how much your current savings plan may allow you to spend together in retirement.
Couples can adjust nearly all the inputs in their retirement plans, from the ZIP code of where you plan to retire, and even upload your Social Security income data files. By adjusting these variables, Betterment can offer as many personal retirement scenarios as desired.
RetireGuide makes key calculations to provide a roadmap that is as accurate as possible. We even analyze scenarios for taxes, and always provide a range of outcomes—from worst case to likely case—in order to help provide a more accurate view of what’s in store for you.
To get started with using RetireGuide, click “Set up plan” next to any retirement account on your Summary page. If you don’t yet have a retirement account, choose “Set up plan” from the dropdown on the Advice tab.
Read important information about Tax Loss Harvesting+ here.
Betterment is not a tax advisor. This information is provided for educational purposes only.
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