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Be Your Own Financial Planner: 5 Things to Know about Ally Invest Self-Directed Trading

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. (do-it-yourself) investing approach could be just what your portfolio needs. But if […]

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How Inflation Impacts Investing & What You Can Do About It

Most people tend to think of inflation on a micro level—how it impacts the price of groceries, for example—but it also has a very real effect on your investments. Inflation can influence stock market returns, outpace savings interest rates, and reduce your purchasing power during retirement. The future depends on what you do today. Understanding […]

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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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Glass Ceiling-Shattering Moments by Women of Wall Street

Updated May 25th 2018 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 workforce, there’s clearly more work to be done on Wall Street. […]

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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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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 […]