Are y'all getting tired of checking all of your financial assets separately? Well, that can all change today by getting an investment app to keep track of your entire portfolio—stocks, mutual funds, bonds, ETFs, IRAs, and 401(k)s all in one location! Keeping tabs on all of your financial assets can be exhausting, and I'm sure if you're a regular investor, you check your financial growth frequently versus once a year to do your taxes.
Fortunately, plenty of mobile apps provide real-time data on all of your investments in one single app! Check out some of the best investment apps—for beginners and advanced investors—that will make your stock portfolio life easier to manage.
The best investment apps for beginners
Robinhood is one of the most popular stock portfolio apps that everyone is talking about. It's free to open an account, and they have no account minimum. One of their best features is offering free trading for stocks, options, ETFs, and cryptocurrency. It's very easy to function, and they offer Robinhood snacks, a daily financial newsletter to fill you in on financial updates or launches that boost company shares, etc.
Once you get the Robinhood app, you instantly get a stock and also get a free stock for every person you share the app with. If you choose to upgrade your account for the Robinhood Gold membership for $5 a month, you'll be provided research on 1,700 companies from Nasdaq Level II quotes, Morningstar, and access margin loans.
E-Trade is a great app for beginners because they offer several resources and educational pointers, and they have a wide range of no-fee funds. The company has two mobile apps and offers no minimum fee to obtain an account, and it's free to trade stocks. On the E-Trade app, you can move money using the mobile check deposit, and it's really easy to track the market, trading ETFs and stocks. The second app is called Power E-Trade and allows users to enter orders inclusive of complex options trades on a single ticket.
This is a great investing app to start with because they offer extensive educational information for new investors, including articles, videos, and live educational services.
Bank of America's Merrill Edge is another great option for beginning investors, especially if you're a Bank of America customer. If you are a current member of Bank of America, you have immediate access to cash transfers to your brokerage's account, and you'll have access to a Merrill adviser in over 2,000 Bank of America locations. There is no minimum needed to open an account, and it's also free to trade stocks.
One of their best features lies in their educational materials; they offer articles and videos explaining college planning, personal finance, retirement, and how to begin investing.
It's better to start small versus not at all!
Fidelity is known to be one of the most investor-friendly broker apps in the industry, making it an excellent option for new investors. There are no minimums to open an account, and they offer one of the lowest published margin rates at just 4.00%. Fidelity is committed to educating their clients with in-depth research from over 20 independent providers, and they offer zero expense ratio index funds.
The site is easy to navigate, and users have access to various webinars and see previously recorded classes in almost every area of investing.
TD AmeritradeTD Ameritrade offers a range of services for all level users. It's especially great for new investors because they have interactive courses and webcasts, so no questions are ever considered a dumb question because we're all learning. Beginning investors also have access to over 200 instructional videos and tutorials. There is no minimum to open an account, and they are going to integrate with Charles Schwab investment company in the upcoming future.
The best investment apps for intermediate and advanced investors
Ellevest is an investment app built for women and created by women! Let's go feminine divine! This is an excellent app for goal-based investing in multiple investing categories. Ellevest charges a monthly fee ranging from $1 to $9, based on your financial needs. The primary tier provides you an investment portfolio, banking features like ATM reimbursements, and access to educational services.
If you choose to invest in their higher tiers, they offer goal-oriented planning, executive coaches, and reduced fees on meetings with financial planners. They also provide monthly progress reports to celebrate when you're on track with your financial goals, and they provide suggestions if you're not meeting your financial objectives.
Betterment is an automated investment platform, also known as a robo-adviser. They have an algorithm that calculates your portfolio based on your goals and preferences. They create portfolios by investing in expansive market sectors through ETFs — because they are tax-efficient and low-cost. Betterment also uses the data you give them to provide retirement advice by recommending an allocation and advising what amount is safe to withdraw. Your inflation and portfolio performance are factored into their ongoing advice — which is all up to you if you want to take their pointers.
You can open several different investment accounts with Betterment, like a Roth IRA, trust account, SEP IRA (single participant only), and Betterment for business (this is their 401(k) for small employers). They charge a minimum of 0.25% annual fee.
SoFi is an all-in-one investing service that provides robo-advisers and investor-friendly service. They provide goal-based planning to assist your financial objectives and offer automatic rebalancing. There is no management fee, and the company's account minimum is $1. SoFi provides access to financial advisors, career services, and discounts on other SoFi products for no extra fee.
The company also provides a unique option that allows you to choose the stocks, crypto, ETFs you'd like to invest in, or they provide the option to create a portfolio for you with automatic investing. And if you're on a budget, investing they have a stock bits option which lets you invest in your favorite companies without committing to purchasing a whole share.
Choose from the best investing apps
Personal Capital is a free mobile and online personal finance and investment management app. It's available on iOS and Android, and it lets you analyze your entire investment portfolio visually regardless of where you store your assets(401k, Fidelity, etc.). They even suggest stocks you should sell and invest in alternate assets.
And of course, that's a basic example but a helpful one; they also analyze your portfolio by market cap, industry, and a ton of other variables. Personal Capital has a feature called "You Index", which keeps track of your holdings and assesses their performance against leading market indices, so you can easily see how you're doing across cash, stocks, mutual funds, and ETF.
Stash is a great investment app for first-time investors and advanced investors. They offer three different plans ranging from paying $1-$9 a month, which makes it affordable and easily accessible to build wealth. Stash provides an option to invest what you can afford with their fractional shares; you have the opportunity to choose how much to invest.
Their $1/ month plan includes their stock-back card, personal investment account, personalized advice, and $1,000 of life insurance coverage through Avibra. The company's higher tier approach is $9/month including a stock-back card that earns double stock, a Roth IRA or Traditional IRA retirement account, investing for children, and $10,000 of life insurance coverage through Avibra.
The bottom line
Guys, any of the investment apps you choose, y'all are all winning and saving time and money! Stock portfolio apps help you keep track of all your investments on the go. All of the listed apps are iOS and Android friendly. Some apps require you to manually pop in your data versus other apps syncing your existing apps. All of the apps give great tips to read in less than a handful of minutes and provide tools to make your financial dreams become your financial reality!
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Exclusive: Gabrielle Union On Radical Transparency, Being Diagnosed With Perimenopause And Embracing What’s Next
Whenever Gabrielle Union graces the movie screen, she immediately commands attention. From her unforgettable scenes in films like Bring It On and Two Can Play That Game to her most recent film, in which she stars and produces Netflix’s The Perfect Find, there’s no denying that she is that girl.
Off-screen, she uses that power for good by sharing her trials and tribulations with other women in hopes of helping those who may be going through the same things or preventing them from experiencing them altogether. Recently, the Flawless by Gabrielle Union founder partnered with Clearblue to speak at the launch of their Menopause Stage Indicator, where she also shared her experience with being perimenopausal.
In a xoNecoleexclusive, the iconic actress opens up about embracing this season of her life, new projects, and overall being a “bad motherfucker.” Gabrielle reveals that she was 37 years old when she was diagnosed with perimenopause and is still going through it at 51 years old. Mayo Clinic says perimenopause “refers to the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause, marking the end of the reproductive years.”
“I haven't crossed over the next phase just yet, but I think part of it is when you hear any form of menopause, you automatically think of your mother or grandmother. It feels like an old-person thing, but for me, I was 37 and like not understanding what that really meant for me. And I don't think we focus so much on the word menopause without understanding that perimenopause is just the time before menopause,” she tells us.
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"But you can experience a lot of the same things during that period that people talk about, that they experienced during menopause. So you could get a hot flash, you could get the weight gain, the hair loss, depression, anxiety, like all of it, mental health challenges, all of that can come, you know, at any stage of the menopausal journey and like for me, I've been in perimenopause like 13, 14 years. When you know, most doctors are like, ‘Oh, but it's usually about ten years, and I'm like, ‘Uhh, I’m still going (laughs).’”
Conversations about perimenopause, fibroids, and all the things that are associated with women’s bodies have often been considered taboo and thus not discussed publicly. However, times are changing, and thanks to the Gabrielle’s and the Tia Mowry’s, more women are having an authentic discourse about women’s health. These open discussions lead to the creation of more safe spaces and support for one another.
“I want to be in community with folks. I don't ever want to feel like I'm on an island about anything. So, if I can help create community where we are lacking, I want to be a part of that,” she says. “So, it's like there's no harm in talking about it. You know what I mean? Like, I was a bad motherfucker before perimenopause. I’m a bad motherfucker now, and I'll be a bad motherfucker after menopause. Know what I’m saying? None of that has to change. How I’m a bad motherfucker, I welcome that part of the change. I'm just getting better and stronger and more intelligent, more wise, more patient, more compassionate, more empathetic. All of that is very, very welcomed, and none of it should be scary.”
The Being Mary Jane star hasn’t been shy about her stance on therapy. If you don’t know, here’s a hint: she’s all for it, and she encourages others to try it as well. She likens therapy to dating by suggesting that you keep looking for the right therapist to match your needs. Two other essential keys to her growth are radical transparency and radical acceptance (though she admits she is still working on the latter).
"I was a bad motherfucker before perimenopause. I’m a bad motherfucker now, and I'll be a bad motherfucker after menopause. Know what I’m saying? None of that has to change. How I’m a bad motherfucker, I welcome that part of the change."
Gabrielle Union and Kaavia Union-Wade
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“I hope that a.) you recognize that you're not alone. Seek out help and know that it's okay to be honest about what the hell is happening in your life. That's the only way that you know you can get help, and that's also the only other way that people know that you are in need if there's something going on,” she says, “because we have all these big, very wild, high expectations of people, but if they don't know what they're actually dealing with, they're always going to be failing, and you will always be disappointed. So how about just tell the truth, be transparent, and let people know where you are. So they can be of service, they can be compassionate.”
Gabrielle’s transparency is what makes her so relatable, and has so many people root for her. Whether through her TV and film projects, her memoirs, or her social media, the actress has a knack for making you feel like she’s your homegirl. Scrolling through her Instagram, you see the special moments with her family, exciting new business ventures, and jaw-dropping fashion moments. Throughout her life and career, we’ve seen her evolve in a multitude of ways. From producing films to starting a haircare line to marriage and motherhood, her journey is a story of courage and triumph. And right now, in this season, she’s asking, “What’s next?”
“This is a season of discovery and change. In a billion ways,” says the NAACP Image Award winner. “The notion of like, ‘Oh, so and so changed. They got brand new.’ I want you to be brand new. I want me to be brand new. I want us to be always constantly growing, evolving. Having more clarity, moving with different purpose, like, and all of that is for me very, very welcomed."
"I want you to be brand new. I want me to be brand new. I want us to be always constantly growing, evolving. Having more clarity, moving with different purpose, like, and all of that is for me very, very welcomed."
She continues, “So I'm just trying to figure out what's next. You know what I mean? I'm jumping into what's next. I'm excited going into what's next and new. I'm just sort of embracing all of what life has to offer.”
Look out for Gabrielle in the upcoming indie film Riff Raff, which is a crime comedy starring her and Jennifer Coolidge, and she will also produce The Idea of You, which stars Anne Hathaway.
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What would you do if you just got laid off from your corporate job and you had a serendipitous encounter with someone who gave you the opportunity of a lifetime? Tamara Taylor was faced with that decision in 2013 after she was let go from her sales profit and operations coach job in the restaurant industry and met a then-up-and-coming stylist, Law Roach, on a flight to L.A. She and Roach struck up a conversation, and he shared how he was looking for someone to run his business and was impressed by her skills. While she took his business card, she was unsure if it would lead to anything. But, boy, was she wrong. Two weeks later, after packing up her home to move back to her hometown of Chicago, she called Roach; he asked if they could meet the following day, and the rest is herstory.
Taylor founded Mastermind MGMT, an agency that represents some of Hollywood’s best “image architects” like Roach, Kellon Deryck, and Kollin Carter, who are responsible for creating unforgettable style and beauty moments for celebrities like Zendaya, Megan Thee Stallion, Taraji P. Henson, and more. Taylor and her company possess an array of functions, but her biggest role is to be her client’s advocate. We hear endless stories about how creatives aren’t paid or underpaid in the entertainment industry, but Taylor ensures that her clients get their piece of the pie. The entrepreneur opened up about her company and her non-profit, Mastermind Matters, in an exclusive interview with xoNecole.
“I always say that I'm an artist advocate first, deal closer second. So my primary focus is to just make sure that the artist is getting everything that they deserve, whether it's compensation or, you know, certain accommodations, but just making sure that they have everything that they need to be able to show up and provide the best service that they're hired for,” she explained.
“So you know, in the beginning, it was hard because I didn't have any experience, and the artists who I was working with at the time–we were learning together, meaning neither of us had assisted anyone. We didn't have mentors in our specific fields. So every deal was like a new learning experience for us from the styling side and also from the business side, and so it took, you know, doing some research, using some very creative tactics, to find out information in the industry and just starting to request accommodations that I knew other artists were granted, who maybe didn't look like my artists.”
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Ten years later, there’s still not many people who are doing what Taylor is doing. However, things have gotten easier thanks to the research and connections she made in the beginning. During Mastermind MGMT’s ten-year anniversary celebration, she announced her non-profit, Mastermind Matters, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that focuses on helping young entrepreneurs through a 12-week program. The program is divided into “two routes.” The first route is for aspiring creative artists who want to start a business from their talent and all the things they need to learn about business, such as taxes, life insurance, etc. The second route is for practicing creative artists who are already in the industry but need resources such as how to plan for retirement or how to sustain themselves if they can’t work for a short amount of time, i.e., the pandemic.
“I just feel that I'm able to have a business and be successful because of their art as well. And so there are things that I know, I tried to teach it to them but understanding that I can only do so much because I'm not a subject matter expert in those fields,” she said. “So I at least want to be able to provide the resources, and then if they make their grown decision not to do it, then that's on them. But you know, I could be guilt-free and taking advantage of the resources that I'm also providing to them.”
Taylor continues to be an innovator in her industry by always pushing the boundaries of creativity and thinking one step ahead of everyone else. The Chicago-bred businesswoman is moving into the tech space thanks to a new invention created with her clients in mind, and she is looking forward to bigger collaborations in the future. Follow Mastermind MGMT on Instagram @mastermind_mgmt for more information.
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