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Fiscal Stimulus Is Here. Are We Out of the Woods Yet?

What a difference a week makes. The S&P 500 climbed 18% in a three-day winning streak, breaking a 28-day drought without back-to-back gains (one of its longest in recent memory). The conversation on Wall Street shifted dramatically, investors went from fearing the bottom was far away to wondering how quickly the economy can return to […]

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What is Fully Paid Securities Lending?

When you invest in a stock, you typically expect to make returns in one or two ways: dividends and/or profit from appreciation when you sell. But whether you’re a long-term investor or seeking extra income in the short-term, you can enhance your portfolio with another option: fully paid securities lending. What is fully paid securities […]

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Lule Demmissie and Lindsey Bell: The Women Moving Ally Invest Forward

As two successful women who have risen through the ranks at leading investment banks and financial research firms, Ally Invest’s Lule Demmissie and Lindsey Bell have firsthand knowledge about the excitement of investing. But they also recognize the areas in which the industry has room to grow. As part of our celebration of Women’s History […]

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Should Women Invest Differently than Men?

One of the most important steps to take in closing the wealth gap between genders is to recognize the various differences between men and women. That includes more than just the wage gap — it’s the time that many women spend out of the workforce to care for their families and women’s longer average lifespan, […]

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Extraordinary Times in the Stock Market

It was another roller coaster of a week for the stock market. Every day this week, the S&P 500 Index traded in a range of at least 5% (the distance between the high of the day and the low of the day), a level of volatility we’ve seen in less than 1% of days since […]

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Don’t Fear the Bear

Investors found themselves in a uniquely harrowing position this week, as the S&P 500 Index fell into its first bear market (or 20% decline from a 52-week high) since the 2008 financial crisis. The selloff in stocks has been painfully swift. Two days this week, the S&P 500 fell at least 7%, triggering market circuit […]

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Riding the Waves of a Volatile Stock Market

You may feel a bit anxious after the sharp up and down movements in the market this week, and you’re not alone. This is an unusually turbulent market. Coronavirus may lead the headlines, but the Federal Reserve Board’s (Fed) emergency rate cut on Tuesday, and a narrowing of the Democratic presidential nominee also played a […]

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Ready, Set, Go Get That Money: The Inspiration You Need to Start Investing

From far away, the road to financial wellness might look steep, winding, or cluttered with roadblocks. But the truth is, it doesn’t have to be as bumpy a ride as it first appears. In fact, the key to taking control of the financial steering wheel is in your hands — you just have to grab […]

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Why a Robo-Advisor Is a Smart Move in Any Market

You’ve probably come across the term “robo-advisor” in the media at some point. It has become a popular way to refer to the more automated approaches to managed investing that have emerged in the past several years. The name implies that robots or computers are calling all the shots regarding your investment strategy and financial […]

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An Emergency Rate Cut: Our Perspective

The Federal Reserve Board (Fed) just took an unusual step in response to coronavirus fears: It announced it would cut interest rates by 50 basis points (0.5%). This is the largest rate cut since the 2008 financial crisis. Notably, the Fed changed the policy two weeks ahead of its regularly scheduled Fed meeting, implying that […]

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