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Weekend Reading: Managing Your FSA and Engineering a Portfolio Optimization

A weekly round-up of content, curated by the Betterment community

Articles by Katherine Buck

By Katherine Buck
  |  Published: November 9, 2013

At Betterment, we’re constantly sharing content around the office — now we share it with you in a list of weekend reading. If you found an article insightful, helpful, or interesting during the week, let us know on Twitter or Facebook. You may find your name on the Betterment blog.

Weekend Reading

From around the web:

It’s Autumn, Time to Check Flexible Spending Accounts (New York Times)

Do you have a balance in your healthcare flexible spending account? Read about new rules that will allow unspent money to be rolled over, held in a grace period, or both.

Farhad Manjoo: Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Invest In Twitter (Wall Street Journal)

Investing in individual stocks is bad news, especially if you don’t understand what the company you are buying does. Read why tech IPOs probably aren’t your best investment bet (even if they are entertaining to read about).

Young Google Employee With A Clever 401K Move (Forbes)

Nice one! This young employee found a way to hack his retirement account the first year on the job. Read about how he did it, and other ways to cleverly get the most out of your tax-favored savings.

Don’t miss these on the Betterment blog:

Engineering the Trading Platform: Inside Betterment’s Portfolio Optimization 

We needed to enhance the code in our existing trading platform to accommodate dynamic asset allocation, with an eye towards future enhancements. Here’s how we did it.

Keeping Our Code Base Simple, Optimally

If you enjoyed our  post on how we engineered the upcoming portfolio optimization, we suggest this post also written by one of our engineers. Learn how we turned regulatory compliance rules into an optimization problem to improve the readability of our code base.

And here’s a bonus from the web…

Betterment Review (YouTube)

This is a wildly entertaining review of Betterment that we came across on YouTube. The reviewer does a great job of describing our product, and we don’t hate his accent. Note: We promise we did not solicit this video.

Have a great weekend and happy reading // watching!

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