Barbara A. Friedberg, MBA, MS

Barbara Friedberg, MBA, MS brings decades of finance and investing experience to Robo-advisor Pros. She is a former investment portfolio manager and taught Finance and Investments at several universities. Barbara Friedberg's published work includes Personal Finance; An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management (Greenwood Press), Invest and Beat the Pros-Create and Manage a Successful Investment Portfolio and How to Get Rich; Without Winning the Lottery. Follow her on twitter

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Robinhood vs. Acorns vs. M1 Finance – How to Choose the Best Investment App

Robinhood vs Acorns vs M1 Finance – Compare the 3 Best Investment Apps Choosing an investment app can be a challenge. With micro investing apps popping up regularly and robo-advisor apps offering broad services, how can you choose the best investing app or robo-advisory app for you from among the top three – Robinhood, Acorns, …

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6 Best Portfolio Management Software Tools for Investors – 2022

The Best Portfolio Management Software Makes Your Life Easier Investors need the best portfolio trackers to monitor their mutual and exchange traded funds, individual stocks and bonds for many reasons. You want to examine your investment returns, fees, asset allocation, as well as plan for retirement and more. And you need the best personal investment …

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Goldman Sachs Smart Beta Portfolios at Betterment – Everything You Need to Know

Betterment’s adoption of Goldman Sachs smart beta portfolios underscores the steep competition among robo-advisors. With robo-advisor algorithms becoming increasingly sophisticated and affordable, all companies in the financial services industry are looking for ways to stand out against the competition. Betterment’s Goldman Sachs Smart Beta Portfolio proposes a new way of looking at investing that takes …

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Marcus Invest Review | Pros, Cons, + Top Features

It’s exciting when a new robo-advisor hits the market, and Marcus Invest is no exception. This Marcus Invest review covers the Goldman Sachs’ robo-advisor arm, which is designed to give average folks – not just the uber wealthy – access to Goldman Sachs’ financial wisdom. Marcus Invest appeared on the market in early 2021. The …

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5 Best Robo-Advisors for Beginners | Invest Now!

The best robo-advisors for beginners are those that allow you to invest with a small amount of money, have low fees, and a sound reputation.  If you want to begin investing and grow your wealth then a robo-advisor is an ideal place to start. Investing is a proven way to build long term wealth. Imagine investing just $500 …

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Is M1 Finance Safe? Learn How M1 Keeps Your Money Secure

We talk about M1 Finance a lot here on Robo-Advisor Pros, and for good reason: it’s one of the most affordable robo-advisors, with low minimum investments and zero account management fees. This is one of those robo-advisors that reminds us everyone should have an opportunity to invest, no matter their current net worth. Online investors …

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Is Wealthfront Safe? All Security Questions Answered

Before making an investment decision, determining the safety of your money should be your top priority. Robo-advisors can sometimes seem like higher-risk investment options, since they often exist solely online and many do not often have a human financial advisor counterpart. However, robo-advisors have many ways to protect your data and ensure your investments stay …

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How Do Robo-Advisors Make Money? You Might be Surprised!

Free and Low Fee Robo-Advisors Still Need to Make Money How robo-advisor make money can be confusing, especially with the availability of free-robo advisors. In fact, robo-advisors are frequently praised for their low- or no-free structures, meaning that those who invest in them are often getting a great deal. After all, with fewer overhead costs …

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Robo-Advisor Fees from Lowest to Highest – a Comprehensive List

Robo Advisor Fees are Typically Lower than Those of Human Financial Advisors Whether you’re still learning what robo-advisors have to offer or an experienced investor, you’re probably looking for low fee robo-advisors. The good news about robo-advisors is that with little to no overhead costs, the savings get passed directly to investors. This means that …

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Personal Capital vs. Betterment Robo-Advisor Comparison

Personal Capital vs. Betterment Review Choosing a robo-advisor can be daunting. This Personal Capital vs. Betterment Review will help you sort out the  similarities and differences. As a former portfolio manager and investment expert, I’ve discuss the differences in fees, investment style and provided insight into who is best suited for each robo-advisor.  I use …

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Fidelity vs Vanguard Robo-Advisors – Which is Best for You?

Both Fidelity and Vanguard offer two robo-advisor choices each – an all digital and a hybrid model with financial advisors and digital investment management. Fidelity Go is the all digital offer while Fidelity Personalized Planning and Advice offers financial coaching and computerized management. Vanguard’s robo-advisors – Digital Advisor and Personal Advisor Services also serve clients …

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The Future of Robo-Advisors-Are Human Advisors and Small Players Doomed?

With recent leaps in artificial intelligence technology, many financial advisors worry whether their position will be replaced by machines. The future of robo-advisors looks strong, and human advisors are uneasy. Human financial advisors are particularly worried because of the explosion of new AI platforms. These AI systems are a competitive challenge. Human advisors are scrambling …

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Robo-Advisors vs Index Funds – Which are Best?

Robo advisors have revolutionized investing during the last decade. You can invest your money in a robo-advisor or index fund for low or no fees. If that weren’t enough happy news for investors, most of the major brokerage houses also offer comission-free stock and fund trading! Both do-it-yourself investors and those seeking low fee investment …

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M1 Finance Socially Responsible Investing-Do Good and Make Money

“M1 believes people should always have their money working for them in a way that aligns with their objectives and values.” ~Brian Barnes, CEO M1 Finance Regardless of what you call it; socially responsible, impact, sustainable or socially conscious investing, the genre is exploding. A CNBC article pegged SRI investing at $30 trillion in 2018. …

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