D.I.Y. Investing: 5 Things to Know Before You Get Started

Sometimes you just want to take matters into your own hands, especially when it comes to your money. After all, you know your capacity for risk and your long-term financial goals better than anyone else. If this rings true to you, a D.I.Y. investing approach could be just what your portfolio needs. But if you’re […]


Are You a Female Finance Superhero? Test Your Knowledge With This Quiz

When it comes to investing, many women agree that knowledge and confidence go hand-in-hand as key factors for getting started. In fact, nearly 90% of women say having more financial education would make them feel more self-assured in managing their money. Especially during times of market volatility and economic uncertainty, feeling more certain in your […]


What Are Unsettled Funds?

Before the internet enabled money to be instantly transferable, owning a stock meant possessing a physical stock certificate, and trading a security required several days to complete. That’s why the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) created settlement periods — to allow time for buyers and sellers to physically exchange their respective halves of the trade. […]


Is Investing in REITs Right for You?

When you begin investing, stocks and bonds may be a natural place to start. These types of securities can help you build a base for your investment portfolio, whether you’re in it for the long-run (e.g. retirement) or working toward shorter-term goals. But once you’ve found your footing in the market, you may be itching […]


A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Stocks Online

You can buy almost anything online these days, from the mundane — lightbulbs, diapers — to the downright weird. (Bacon-flavored dental floss, anyone?) Like adding items to your digital cart, buying stocks online can be straightforward. The hard part is for you to determine which stocks (and/or other securities) you’re going to buy for your […]


Trading Psychology: Keep Your Cool Around Hot (and Cold) Stocks

Great news: A company you have been thinking about purchasing stock in just unveiled groundbreaking technology that’s captivating everyone, and its share price is surging. You don’t want greed or fear to lead you towards emotional trading, so how do you navigate this situation? When a stock suddenly becomes “hot”, meaning it is in high demand […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 21.9% of executives in financial services firms are held by women. Then, there’s the pay gap. According to ADP, the financial sector has the second largest gender wage gap, with women […]

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