All articles tagged Investing (42)

Acorns’ COO Joins the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Advisory Committee

Acorns’ COO Joins the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Advisory Committee

In a Nutshell: Acorns has risen to prominence in the financial tech world in recent years for its simple but effective approach to helping users learn how to invest their money. The company takes the spare change from bank and credit card transactions and automatically invests it into a portfolio for the user. With a similar eye toward utilizing technology, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau works to find ways to improve and protect the financial lives of Americans. It only makes... read more »

New ProShares ETF Aims to Revolutionize How Consumers Invest in Online Retail Giants Like Amazon and Alibaba

New ProShares ETF Aims to Revolutionize How Consumers Invest in Online Retail Giants Like Amazon and Alibaba

In a Nutshell: Investors have turned to Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) for nearly 30 years to diversify their individual portfolios or fuel their retirement savings. Rather than investors choosing individual companies, these funds collect the top performers from specific sectors into one holding that investors transact with as they would any other stock. ProShares has spent the last 12 years cementing itself as a leader in the ETF space and proved its innovative standing when it recently... read more »

How the Council of Institutional Investors® Protects Individual Investor Rights through Advocacy of Greater Corporate Regulation

How the Council of Institutional Investors® Protects Individual Investor Rights through Advocacy of Greater Corporate Regulation

In a Nutshell: If you’re one of the millions of Americans who has money saved in a pension or 401(k) retirement plan, you may not know the work taking place every day to keep your funds properly invested and growing. The Council of Institutional Investors (CII) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that has fought for corporate governance standards and practices since 1985. The Council has been successful in creating change in the ways corporations elect their directors and report... read more »

Expert Jean Chatzky Discusses Women’s Unique Retirement Savings Goals (& How to Reach Them)

Expert Jean Chatzky Discusses Women’s Unique Retirement Savings Goals (& How to Reach Them)

In a Nutshell: Over the course of the last century, the role of women in the global economy has steadily grown, with women today holding 30% of the total private wealth. With that growing wealth, however, comes growing responsibilities — including the responsibility women have to themselves to create their own financial security. We talked to financial expert Jean Chatzky about how women can adapt to longer lives, a pay gap more akin to a chasm, and caring for their families so they... read more »

Investors Gain an Average of 2.66% More in Long-Term Earnings with Betterment’s Automated Investing Platform

Investors Gain an Average of 2.66% More in Long-Term Earnings with Betterment’s Automated Investing Platform

In a Nutshell: Investors can be their own worst enemy. The impediments of fear and overthinking can turn a successful portfolio into a flat one. To help remove the second-guessing from investing, Betterment created a robo-investing platform that uses Modern Portfolio Theory to minimize risk and maximize returns. Betterment claims its approach to investing enables better investor behaviors, such as patience and discipline across all accounts, that help its customers earn 2.66% more than... read more »

How to Take the Long View When Choosing a Financial Advisor

How to Take the Long View When Choosing a Financial Advisor

In a Nutshell: Financial advisors aren’t just for the super wealthy. In fact, the people who could most benefit from an advisor’s services are usually the same people who think they don’t qualify for or can’t afford them. We recently spoke to Joni Youngwirth, Managing Principal, Practice Management, at Commonwealth Financial Network to get her opinion on what to look for when hiring a financial advisor. Youngwirth’s advice includes researching the individual advisor and the... read more »

Diversify Your Portfolio with The Entrust Group: Empowering Investors to Make Self-Directed Retirement Investments

Diversify Your Portfolio with The Entrust Group: Empowering Investors to Make Self-Directed Retirement Investments

In a Nutshell: The Entrust Group has been helping everyday Americans take control of their retirement investments with self-directed IRAs for more than 35 years. From real estate to private lending to eco-friendly investments in solar and wind energy or biofuel — there are myriad investment options to explore when you're the one in control of your own IRA portfolio. The Entrust Group's investment professionals and Learning Center provide investors with the knowledge and the tools... read more »

PeerStreet Users Craft Diverse Portfolios in Short-Term, Private Real Estate Loan Investments

PeerStreet Users Craft Diverse Portfolios in Short-Term, Private Real Estate Loan Investments

In a Nutshell: In terms of real estate investments, purchasing first lien debt is a low-risk way to go, but the practice has only recently become more available to a broader investment group. Now, more investors can gain access to this market through PeerStreet. By making a minimum $1,000 buy-in, accredited investors can create a diverse portfolio and enjoy average annual returns typically between 7% and 8%. With no principal lost to date, low foreclosure rates, zero fees charged to... read more »

Investing in a Sustainable Future: US SIF Helps Individuals and Institutions Invest for Positive Social and Environmental Impacts

Investing in a Sustainable Future: US SIF Helps Individuals and Institutions Invest for Positive Social and Environmental Impacts

In a Nutshell: As individual investors and institutions turn a keen eye toward the future of the planet and the quality of its inhabitants' lives, the movement toward sustainable investment is stronger than ever before. Today, up to three-quarters of individual investors express an interest in sustainable investing. The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF) serves as the leading voice in the United States for sustainable, responsible, and impact investing (SRI). US... read more »

Afford Anything — Paula Pant Shares the Secrets to Her Success in Real Estate Investing and Achieving Financial Freedom

Afford Anything — Paula Pant Shares the Secrets to Her Success in Real Estate Investing and Achieving Financial Freedom

In a Nutshell: Afford Anything is the highly rated podcast and website of Paula Pant, speaker, author, blogger, and real estate investor. Pant saved enough money to quit her job as a newspaper reporter in 2008 to pursue her dream of traveling abroad and experiencing other cultures. It was her approach to saving and her frugal lifestyle that allowed Pant to travel the world for two years, and she now shares her financial secrets with her followers. Today, Pant is a successful real... read more »