FutureAdvisor Review – Investment Management and Advice With Low Fees (Even Free)

FutureAdvisor

FutureAdvisor is a web-based investment platform that automatically manages your portfolio.

The site offers comprehensive investment management and does so with one of the lowest fee structures in the industry.

Read on as we review FutureAdvisor and you’ll see whether they are a great investing platform for you.

FutureAdvisor – Get Professional-Grade Investment Management at a Low Price

Who Is FutureAdvisor?

FutureAdvisor

FutureAdvisor gives you automatic investment management as well as free tracking.

Based in San Francisco, FutureAdvisor began in 2012.  The founders and management team of the platform are made up of finance gurus, data scientists and software engineers, who are backed by the same venture capital team that started PayPal and Google.

The service is available for the management of traditional taxable investment accounts, as well as both traditional and Roth IRAs, Roth rollover accounts, and SEP IRAs. Continue Reading

tradeMONSTER Review – Low Commissions With Professional Quality Tools

tradeMONSTER Review

tradeMONSTER is a real time investment trading platform that features some of the lowest trading fees in the industry.

Though it has only been around a few years, it has grown steadily in to one of the most popular trading platforms for active, self-directed investors.  If this describes you then read on see if tradeMONSTER is for you!

Who Is tradeMONSTER?

tradeMONSTERtradeMONSTER was co-founded by Jon and Pete Najarian and Dirk Mueller-Ingrand.  All are professional traders and respected investment industry experts.  When founded, the company was a subsidiary of tradeMONSTER Group Inc.

The founders initially created optionMONSTER.com, a provider of financial market intelligence and analytical commentary.  The site was created in 2006 to help make their investment approach available to the general investing public, in an attempt to close the gap between self-directed investors and institutional investing.

tradeMONSTER began operations in 2008 as a real-time trading platform, and immediately won a four star rating from Barron’s.

The platform has continued to grow and to earn industry accolades since.  In fact, last March, Barron’s named tradeMONSTER “Best For Options Traders” in its Best for Online Brokers of 2014 survey for the fifth consecutive year.

In May of 2014, the company announced a merger with OptionsHouse, a subsidiary of PEAK6 Investments.  Under the agreement, both companies will be acquired by General Atlantic, who will be the majority shareholder in the combined company.  The combination was completed in early September, but the two companies will continue to operate as separate entities for the time being. Continue Reading

ShareBuilder Review – Easy to Use and Low Commissions, Great For the New Investor

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ShareBuilder isn’t the lowest cost investment platform around, but it’s the complete package for the individual investor.

Is it one of the best platforms you can get?  That will depend on what’s important to you, and what features interest you most.

Who is ShareBuilder?

Capital One ShareBuilderShareBuilder is part of Capital One which is one of the largest financial institutions in the US.  Capital One started in 1988 and has grown from a small bank to becoming a Fortune 500 company, with over 45 million customers nationwide.

ShareBuilder is the individual investment platform of Capital One, that offers “online investing, without clutter”.  It has become one of the most popular investment platforms available, as well as one of the longest running platforms in the industry.

ShareBuilder seeks to offer low-cost trading through a dynamic website that offers all of the tools that investors will need in order to be successful.  The platform has innovative tools and applications, some of which are unique to the industry. Continue Reading

The Best Online Discount Brokerages for Cheap Trades – Investing Doesn’t Need to Be Expensive

Consider this when opening a brokerage account

Do you recall the days when you needed to call up a stock broker in order to make a stock trade?

And you needed to make the trade in a “round lot” (you had to buy 100 shares)?  Did I just date myself? 

Thanks to the internet that’s no longer the case and it’s easy for anyone to invest in stocks with an online brokerage (like, you can do it on your smartphone easy).  And not only is it easy but it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to get started.

“So which account do I open,” you ask?

There are a number of places to go these days thanks to the rise of online trading and brokerages.  I want to make sure you find one that works well for you.

I’m going to tell you about some great brokerages but I want you to first understand what you should look for before you open up an online brokerage account.

Consider the Following When Opening a Brokerage Account

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Loyal3 Review – Is Fee Free Investing for Real? Maybe

fee free investing with Loyal3

How do you pick a brokerage firm?

Is it based on a funny commercial or the latest print ad you saw?  (I hope you take your retirement more seriously than this!)

Or it is based on a careful analysis of costs, investment options, and overall value?

Here’s the deal: Not all brokerage accounts are the same. Many are similar in investment options and cost leaving only marketing to differentiate them.  Every once and a while you run across a new brokerage that really is running their business significantly different than their competitors.

Loyal3 is one of those firms.  Read on and find out what they are all about and if they are for real in our Loyal3 review.

What is Loyal3?

Loyal3 is a brokerage firm with a different take on investing.
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Betterment.com: Investing in Stocks and Bonds Made Simple – Review

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Have you been wanting to invest your money but haven’t been sure how to go about it?

Let’s face it, there are lots of choices out there when it comes to investing.  Even if you choose a couple of funds to cover everything you need to know which ones and find a brokerage to invest with.

There may be a simpler, easier way to do it for those who those who want to invest but don’t know where to start or think it is too difficult for them.

That answer may be Betterment.

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What is Betterment?

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Don’t Forget Your 401(k) When You Leave Your Job! Here’s What You Can Do With It

What to do with your 401(k) when you leave your job.

A 401(k) plan is an awesome vehicle to save for retirement!  

You get to lower your tax basis (the income you get taxed on).  You might get a great company match… What’s not to like?

But what do you do with your 401(k) if you leave your job? 

Do you take the 401(k) with you?  Where do you put it?  Should you leave it?

You have some choices for your 401(k) which I’ll outline for you below:

Choices For Your 401(k) When You Leave Your Job

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