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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 last several years. It can be a bit misleading, however, since it implies that robots or computers are calling all the […]

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What Is An Option? DIY Investing with Brian Overby [Video]

Typically, option traders are self-directed investors, meaning they don’t work directly with a financial advisor to help manage their options trading portfolio. As a do-it-yourself (DIY) investor, you are in full control of your trading decisions and transactions. While having complete control of your investments is desirable for some, it can also be very overwhelming […]

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Glass Ceiling-Shattering Moments by Women of Wall Street

As various individuals, organizations, and initiatives work to reduce the gender gap in the financial services industry — the facts are still staggering. Only 14% of executives at Gender-Equality Index member firms are female. While parity has been achieved in the overall workforces, there’s clearly more work to be done on Wall Street. As the […]

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African Americans Who Broke Barriers on Wall Street

It’s hard to imagine an industry with a history more patrician than that of Wall Street. For at least the first 150 years, it was a place that offered no opportunity for women or people of color. But as was the case in many industries throughout the 1940s, 50s and 60s, a small group of […]

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What Is Option Trading? 8 Things to Know Before You Trade

Investing with options— an advanced trader will tell you— is all about customization. Rewards can be high — but so can the risk— and your choices are plenty. But getting started isn’t easy, and there is potential for costly mistakes. Here’s a brief overview of option trading that cuts through the jargon and gets right […]

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Investor Mindset Survey Results: Bye-Bye to the Bull and Bear?

The bull and bear have long been two symbolic beasts of investing and finance. But we wondered if today’s independent investors still relate to those symbols when it comes to their finances. So we asked. And we heard from more than 2,000 adults of all ages and income levels from different places around the U.S. […]

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What Is Your Investing Animal Spirit?

When it comes to the mindset of an investor, times are changing. Our recent survey revealed, only one in 10 Americans say they consider themselves a bull or a bear when it comes to investing. What’s more, the vast majority of those surveyed believed their investing approach better aligns with one of 10 different “animals […]

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How to Channel Your Investing Animal Spirit

Despite setting financial goals, do you end up being your own worst enemy? Like you tap into some of your investments to fund a trip. Or you tell yourself to tolerate a little risk, but you panic and withdraw all your money from the stock market. Turns out, you’re not alone. Market researchers have been studying […]

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Your Cheddar: What We Know About the Millennial Investor [Video]

In case you missed it, Rich Hagen, President of Ally Invest, appeared on a recent episode of Your Cheddar, our weekly livestream from the NYSE floor in collaboration with Cheddar. Rich’s segment introduced one of the newest additions to Ally’s range of product offerings: Ally Invest. He also shed some light on the millennial investor […]

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Investing Advice Brought to You by the Animal Kingdom

As humans, we’re hard-wired for instant gratification. Yet over the millennia, we’ve created a modern society which rewards deferred gratification and forward thinking – very much removed from our basic animal instincts. Our big brains allow us to pursue higher education, maintain careers, and build wealth.  But, we’re still animal at the core. So we […]