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As investment technology becomes more easily available, even big-name brokerages are looking for ways to get into the robo-advisor space. The goal is to offer personalized investment management at a lower cost to customers, and that’s where Vanguard is looking to expand their services with their new Personal Advisor Services platform.
Automated investment platforms seem to be springing up all over the web. Some are gaining a reputation well ahead of the pack. Two examples of this are Betterment and Wealthfront. In so many ways, the platforms function in a similar fashion. But there are differences between the two that could serve you and your investments better.
In this low-interest rate environment most investors know parking their money in a bank CD is almost a surefire way to lose money against inflation. For the average individual, investing in the stock market can be complicated. So, what is someone to do?
If you’ve spent much time on investment sites, you’ve doubtlessly heard of Fisher Investments, or at least its founder, Ken Fisher. His ads are all over the financial web. As of 2013, the firm manages approximately $65 billion in assets, and has been called the largest wealth manager in the U.S.
Editor’s Note: We liked The Mint Manual so much that we acquired the rights to the eBook on July 1st, 2015. Everything about the review remains the same. By now you’ve probably heard about Mint.com and how to use it to manage your finances. By linking all your accounts, you get an overall snapshot of where your money is going, and the progress you’re making on your goals. But do you really know how to make Mint.com work to your advantage? This is where The Mint Manual comes in!
If you’re at all concerned that storm clouds are gathering over the U.S. economy and financial markets, or that chronic structural problems (like debt) are unlikely to be remedied, you might take a close look at Casey Research. This organization — and its services and newsletters — have been created with those assumptions as the basic premise behind their investment strategies and advice.
Building a budget is one of the basic premises of personal finance. A budget can help you come up with a spending plan, so you can give each dollar a job and actually know where your money is going. In the past few years, Mint.com and YNAB (You Need a Budget) have reigned supreme in the battle of budgeting software, but a new contender is entering the ring.
With the amount of personal finance apps and tools available, it can be overwhelming to know which ones are the best, and how they can help you manage your money. This is why we created this list as a shortcut for your personal finance needs.
Formally known as Robinhood Financial, LLC, the Robinhood app takes from the rich and gives to the poor. Well, no it doesn’t do that, it just allows you to make stock trades for free. Robinhood is a no-frills stock broker with no minimum deposit.
The financial systems is full of regulations, old-school ideas, and processes for saving money. But thanks to up-and-comers like Acorns, Digit, and now a new banking software called Simple, we have access to better banking and saving methods. I had a chat with Amy Dunn, who’s the lead for the communications department for Simple and how they plan to revolutionize the world of banking.