Curious about investing, financial literacy, and getting your bank account popping? Has the language, the entry barrier, and the giant heap of information you need to learn to be successful discouraged you from taking that first step? It's a universal problem actually, with more than a quarter of the population having admitted that missing just one paycheck has sent them into dire financial straits. So some brilliant minds have worked to solve that by developing apps that help us overcome our human inertia and make saving and investing a really fun adventure. Here are 5 apps that will help you get your bank account in action.
Stash is cool because they present you with the tools and options to build a portfolio based on your lifestyle and values. Free for the first 3 months, and then just $1 per month after, you can start investing for as little as $5. Stash also provides simple savings and investing tips to help you develop smarter financial habits. Set your funds on auto-pilot and watch your stash pile up.
An app that makes investing for us common folk effortless, I'm personally fond of Acorns. Acorns syncs with your with your bank account and credit cards, rounds up the spare change from your purchases and invests it, and you watch as your piggy bank grows
Many of the reviews of this app are from more seasoned investors who say Betterment makes investing easier and allows you to see all your account balances in one central location. Betterment provides a range of different account types that you can customize, tailored for optimal returns. Betterment boasts tax-efficient rebalancing, automatic dividend reinvesting and automatic deposits. Betterments mission is to help people better manage, protect, and grow their wealth.
An outlawing the investing world, much like its namesake, Robinhood provides free stock trading on a slick platform tailored for smartphones and smartwatches. While this app is still too new to have any reviews in the app store, it is an Apple Design Winner, and a critical darling. With no minimum balance required it's a great way for beginners to bend the learning curve, and an awesome tool in the back pocket of the savvy vet.
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