The past few years have seen an explosion in startups aimed at helping you save, invest and spend in a cheaper and wiser way.
It’s mostly a good thing. For too long, the financial industry hasn’t had much competition from the technology industry—and it’s made it all too easy to take advantage of consumers as a result. But that’s not the case anymore.
The financial technology (or: “fin-tech”) industry is slowly stripping away the ways banks make money, leading to a growing group of startups offering services to help you manage your money
But with an explosion in choices, there comes some confusion along with it. For example, one of the most popular kinds of these apps are focused on personal savings—Digit, Acorns and Stash all promise to help you sock away money, and in some cases, even invest it, in an attempt to grow it.
But what’s the difference between them? And which one’s the best for you, and your digital piggy bank? Take a look below, and find out how you can start to build that nest egg you’ve always wanted, with the help of only your smartphone, our guide, and your own spare change.
Hello Digit, Inc.
Digit’s a savings app that moves small amounts of money from your checking account to your Digit account. The idea here is for you to hit predetermined savings goals that you set up with Digit.
When you download the app, you’ll link it to your personal checking account. Digit then analyzes your spending habits by looking at your checking account balance, paychecks or predictable income, incoming unpaid bills, and recent spending. You then set up a specific savings goal like “bachelorette party weekend,” an amount you’d like to save, say $600, and how long until you’ll need the money.
So what’s the difference between Digit and using a basic checking account to save up the $600? If you’re bad at budgeting for an upcoming expense, that’s basically what Digit does for you. Digit takes money from your checking account and puts it in your Digit account in small amounts so you can hit the goal you’ve set up, without doing any work.
Here comes the tricky part: Money sitting in a savings account at your bank earns interest. Keep in mind that this is different than your checking account at your bank.
Cash that you have sitting in your Digit account doesn’t pay interest. They give you a “savings bonus” of .05% on every $100 every three months. The interest you earn on your Digit savings is pretty small, at least compared to the interest you’d earn with a high-interest online savings account with a bank.
Digit’s great for short-term savings goals and little things you need to stash money away for. The savings feels like free money. However, your Digit account isn’t necessarily the best for your long-term saving strategy, nor do they claim to be. In fact, they cap your annual savings bonus (their version of quasi-interest) at $600, to discourage you from putting too much money in your Digit savings account. If it’s long-term savings you’re after with a safe and dependable interest bonus, you’re better off putting that money in a high-interest online savings account.
Acorns rounds up your purchases (from your debit or credit card) to the closest dollar amount and puts the difference in your Acorns account. Acorns then invests that spare change or “found money” for you.
Acorns is more of a savings/investing hybrid app. After you download the app you will link your checking debit account or a credit card to your Acorns account. Then come the “round ups.”
Let’s say you spend $8.60 on a sandwich. Acorns takes the “round up” of 40 cents—the amount to round up to the nearest dollar—and drops that $0.40 cents in your Acorns account. Once you reach $5 in your Acorns account, they invest your round money for you in six exchange traded investment funds.
The fee? $1 per month, and that includes rebalancing. You can also set up monthly deposits into Acorns if you’d like.
With the round up strategy, you’re spending more money to invest, right? This could be called a savings app, as long as the money you’re spending to invest makes money instead of loses money. How would you lose money? If the investment funds that Acorns puts you in lose money!
Yes, it’s possible. Based on the comments I read, some Acorns users don’t seem to get that their money is subject to the performance of the funds Acorns puts your “round ups” in.
Acorns feels like a less sophisticated robo-advisor. Robo-advisors ask you a bunch of questions online and then invest your money for you in these same low cost ETFs. The difference is robo-advisors ask you tons of questions about your risk tolerance and make it very clear that these funds will lose money under various market conditions.
Acorns doesn’t. They just asked me my birthday, I assume, to determine my age and then made a cursory judgment call on my asset allocation. Asset allocation is how they split my money between the six stock and bond funds with my “round up” money.
If you’re serious about a long-term savings and investing plan or strategy, this isn’t your app. Serious, meaning, you want to save larger chunks of money to invest in low cost funds. Robo-advisors are better for that.
That being said, this is a great place to start for people who are too afraid to invest any larger sums of money, such as what you would need to do when picking funds for your retirement funds. If you want to start following the stock and bond market and want to dip your toe in the water to start learning, Acorns is a good app for that. Acorns would actually be a great starting point to get people in the door investing, with the goal of eventually converting them to robo-advisor services where you can set up a long-term savings/investment strategy with larger chunks of money.
Stash allows you to open an account for as little as $5 and then choose from a curated list of funds or individual stocks to invest in. Once you link your checking account to your Stash account, you set up auto payments, with your dollar amount of choice, to your Stash account.
The biggest difference between Stash and Acorns is that while Acorns invests your round ups for you, Stash offers a recommendation, but then, you have to pull the trigger yourself, and actually pick the investments. How would you know how to do that?
Stash asks you your investing style (conservative, moderate, aggressive) and a few other questions. They then tell you what bucket of investments they recommend and you can either take their recommendation or let your auto payments sit in your Stash account.
I picked the “moderate mix” and the underlying fund they recommend for that is the iShares Core Moderate ETF. This is a fund that invests in other funds. This means that there’s a fee to invest in the main fund (in this case the iShares Core Moderate ETF), but then there’s an additional layer of fees on your underlying funds that’s taken out of your investments’ performance. So that’s less money for you in investment returns. You pay a fee to invest in the main fund, but then the fees on the underlying Blackrock funds are waived, according to Stash.
They do recommend a decent amount of these types of funds—they’re called “fund of funds.” For an individual investor with little money, fund of funds aren’t the best option for the reason we mentioned above: fees. But in this case, the fees are waived on the underlying Blackrock funds, Stash later told us.
We spoke to Stash’s founder, Ed Robinson, and asked him why they wouldn’t just recommend a handful of low-cost funds and scrap the “fund” extra layer. His answer was pretty straightforward. “When we get more assets, we will build our own investment team,” he said. In other words, it’s easier to have iShares (Blackrock’s funds) determine the fund allocations for the funds until Stash can beef up their investment staff.
That being said, they already recommend portfolios of stocks, so it’s hard to see how recommending individual funds (instead of a fund of funds) is any different. Your first three months on Stash are free, then fees are $1 per month. When you hit $5,000 in your Stash account, the annual fee drops to .25% per year on the balance in your Stash account.
Stash gets slammed for fees. For example, if you have $600 in your Stash account at $1 per month fee, that’s a 2.0% annual fee. Robo–advisors (that do all the work for you including rebalancing, which Stash doesn’t do) have much lower fees at less 1% per year.
Stash is very focused on education. Stash is a good educational tool (better than Acorns) but missing some key features that would make it a great educational tool. Educating investors on the fee structure of fund of funds would be a good place to start. Also, some basics on interest rate risk would be good. The “moderate mix” recommendation, which I assume is pretty popular, has a lot of bond fund exposure for a young person, so they should understand interest rate risk before investing.
The big takeaway? If you have problems saving yourself, these apps are here to help you, and they do. That being said, it’s good to make sure you understand the role these apps should play in your life. They’re not gonna replace a long-term savings or investing plan, but they’re a good place to start learning.
Digit is my the best of these apps for savings. Stash is definitely onto something, too, with its emphasis on education.
So, to recap, here are the key differences between Digit, Acorns, and Stash:
Digit’s great for saving for a specific, small event or purchase, but not for long-term savings planning, so use it accordingly. Check out high-interest online savings accounts for your savings that is sitting in cash in your bank account. You’ll earn a much higher interest rate than your savings account at your bank or any money that’s in your Digit savings account.
Acorns: Great for dipping your toe in the water if you wanna follow how a slice of money is doing, relative to market performance. But avoid using it for a long-term investment strategy. Don’t kid yourself into thinking of Acorns as a replacement for setting aside larger chunks of money in, say, a tax-advantaged retirement account—it’s not.
Stash would be much more appealing if they took their education one step further—say, in-app explainers for good old boring finance terms, almost like an encyclopedia, would be hugely helpful. But it’s a good place to get your feet wet understanding what goes into investing.
Ultimately, if you’re trying to save, and need help, these apps are absolutely great places to begin that process. That being said, it’s good to make sure you understand the role these apps should play in your life. They’re not gonna replace a long-term savings or investing plan, but they’re a good place to start learning. Digit is my the best of them for savings, and Stash is on to something with their emphasis on education. Check them out wherever you download apps, and maybe, you can even start to put yourself on the road to a healthy stash of cash outside of your checking account.
Written by Kathryn Cicoletti
Edited by Jason Abbruzzese
Top 10 Big Data trends of 2020
During the last few decades, Big Data has become an insightful idea in all the significant technical terms. Additionally, the accessibility of wireless connections and different advances have facilitated the analysis of large data sets. Organizations and huge companies are picking up strength consistently by improving their data analytics and platforms.
2019 was a major year over the big data landscape. In the wake of beginning the year with the Cloudera and Hortonworks merger, we’ve seen huge upticks in Big Data use across the world, with organizations running to embrace the significance of data operations and orchestration to their business success. The big data industry is presently worth $189 Billion, an expansion of $20 Billion more than 2018, and is set to proceed with its rapid growth and reach $247 Billion by 2022.
It’s the ideal opportunity for us to look at Big Data trends for 2020.
Chief Data Officers (CDOs) will be the Center of Attraction
The positions of Data Scientists and Chief Data Officers (CDOs) are modestly new, anyway, the prerequisite for these experts on the work is currently high. As the volume of data continues developing, the requirement for data professionals additionally arrives at a specific limit of business requirements.
CDO is a C-level authority at risk for data availability, integrity, and security in a company. As more businessmen comprehend the noteworthiness of this job, enlisting a CDO is transforming into the norm. The prerequisite for these experts will stay to be in big data trends for quite a long time.
Investment in Big Data Analytics
Analytics gives an upper hand to organizations. Gartner is foreseeing that organizations that aren’t putting intensely in analytics by the end of 2020 may not be ready to go in 2021. (It is expected that private ventures, for example, self-employed handymen, gardeners, and many artists, are excluded from this forecast.)
The real-time speech analytics market has seen its previously sustained adoption cycle beginning in 2019. The idea of customer journey analytics is anticipated to grow consistently, with the objective of improving enterprise productivity and the client experience. Real-time speech analytics and customer journey analytics will increase its popularity in 2020.
Multi-cloud and Hybrid are Setting Deep Roots
As cloud-based advances keep on developing, organizations are progressively liable to want a spot in the cloud. Notwithstanding, the process of moving your data integration and preparation from an on-premises solution to the cloud is more confounded and tedious than most care to concede. Additionally, to relocate huge amounts of existing data, organizations should match up to their data sources and platforms for a little while to months before the shift is complete.
In 2020, we hope to see later adopters arrive at a conclusion of having multi-cloud deployment, bringing the hybrid and multi-cloud philosophy to the front line of data ecosystem strategies.
Actionable Data will Grow
Another development concerning big data trends 2020 recognized to be actionable data for faster processing. This data indicates the missing connection between business prepositions and big data. As it was referred before, big data in itself is futile without assessment since it is unreasonably stunning, multi-organized, and voluminous. As opposed to big data patterns, ordinarily relying upon Hadoop and NoSQL databases to look at data in the clump mode, speedy data mulls over planning continuous streams.
Because of this data stream handling, data can be separated immediately, within a brief period in only a single millisecond. This conveys more value to companies that can make business decisions and start processes all the more immediately when data is cleaned up.
Continuous Intelligence is a framework that has integrated real-time analytics with business operations. It measures recorded and current data to give decision-making automation or decision-making support. Continuous intelligence uses several technologies such as optimization, business rule management, event stream processing, augmented analytics, and machine learning. It suggests activities dependent on both historical and real-time data.
Gartner predicts more than 50% of new business systems will utilize continuous intelligence by 2022. This move has begun, and numerous companies will fuse continuous intelligence during 2020 to pick up or keep up a serious edge.
Machine Learning will Continue to be in Focus
Being a significant innovation in big data trends 2020, machine learning (ML) is another development expected to affect our future fundamentally. ML is a rapidly developing advancement that used to expand regular activities and business processes
ML projects have gotten the most investments in 2019, stood out from all other AI systems joined. Automated ML tools help in making pieces of knowledge that would be difficult to separate by various methods, even by expert analysts. This big data innovation stack gives faster results and lifts both general productivity and response times.
Abandon Hadoop for Spark and Databricks
Since showing up in the market, Hadoop has been criticized by numerous individuals in the network for its multifaceted nature. Spark and managed Spark solutions like Databricks are the “new and glossy” player and have accordingly been picking up a foothold as data science workers consider them to be as an answer to all that they disdain about Hadoop.
However, running a Spark or Databricks work in data science sandbox and then promoting it into full production will keep on facing challenges. Data engineers will keep on requiring more fit and finish for Spark with regards to enterprise-class data operations and orchestration. Most importantly there are a ton of options to consider between the two platforms, and companies will benefit themselves from that decision for favored abilities and economic worth.
In-memory computing has the additional advantage of helping business clients (counting banks, retailers, and utilities) to identify patterns rapidly and break down huge amounts of data without any problem. The dropping of costs for memory is a major factor in the growing enthusiasm for in-memory computing innovation.
In-memory innovation is utilized to perform complex data analyses in real time. It permits its clients to work with huge data sets with a lot more prominent agility. In 2020, in-memory computing will pick up fame because of the decreases in expenses of memory.
IoT and Big Data
There are such enormous numbers of advancements that expect to change the current business situations in 2020. It is hard to be aware of all that, however, IoT and digital gadgets are required to get a balance in big data trends 2020.
The function of IoT in healthcare can be seen today, likewise, the innovation joining with gig data is pushing companies to get better outcomes. It is expected that 42% of companies that have IoT solutions in progress or IoT creation in progress are expecting to use digitized portables within the following three years.
Digital Transformation Will Be a Key Component
Digital transformation goes together with the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and big data. With IoT connected devices expected to arrive at a stunning 75 billion devices in 2025 from 26.7 billion presently, it’s easy to see where that big data is originating from. Digital transformation as IoT, IaaS, AI and machine learning is taking care of big data and pushing it to regions inconceivable in mankind’s history.
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Could you be looking for means of supplementing your monthly earnings? Well, investment is among the most effective methods to implement. It can possibly help payout regularly. One can use different approaches to get passive income. Some require a starting amount, whereas others need higher commitment levels. Regardless of the reasons you’d wish to increase your monthly paycheck through various sources, the planet contains numerous opportunities that can make your dream come true. That’s why this blog examines some of the most compelling investment ways to earn money steadily every month.
Investment areas to get monthly income.
Stocks, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), and bonds
Did you know that stocks are an income source you can continuously earn every month? Yes, get into the business and start trading with multiple exchange platforms. It provides equity business ownership for investors. Additionally, bonds can be part of your portfolios, acting as a contract between one issuing and the investor. A lender will often get interested in whatever was invested regularly.
On the other hand, all dividend kinds can be paid by ETFs as a certain form of a regular passive income earner. It may not be monthly, but quarterly. However, getting income after every quarter is far much better than nothing at all. When looking for value investments, it’s best to pick stocks that can give dividends no matter the economy. You should do proper research to find out stores that forever stand out in history, even during difficult financial moments. Suppose those who lack more knowledge about stocks please seek professional guidance from a financial advisor.
Securing a property or mortgage payment alongside your other income generators is likely the most reliable income you can have. Nevertheless, you may sometimes be forced to incur costs such as unforetold bills, maintenance, or repair of a leaking ceiling. You can still find other, more sustainable, and efficient ways of using your rental property to make money. Even the housing landscape advises the young to aim at renting property rather than buying. It’s because there will always be inhabitants in need of a place to stay as long as it’s accessible with essentials.
Start a high production savings fund.
Having a high yield savings account is also a reliable money investing method. The reason is it doesn’t need to use large amounts to purchase anything beforehand. You again retain your liquidity and not lose it as you grow or build an income. It’d be best if you saved in an online bank and not others due to the rates given. For instance, the CIT bank can earn higher interest on money kept for ten years and above as likened to other traditional savings accounts. After such a period, the money earned will be more significant, mostly if it was a more considerable sum initially.
Crowdfund real estate
Crowdfunding in real estate isn’t as hard as people imagine. Through crowdfunding sites, including Fundrise, you can start saving as low as $500 in assets. Such platforms are excellent in assisting investors in utilizing a real estate investment trust, which offers more profitability and flexibility to its users. For Fundraise, annual reports indicate returns amounting to 12.25% on the original investment. Another platform is called RealtyShare, which also gives its investors a significant monthly income.
Generally, this site requires $5,000 as a minimum investment. Besides, suppose you invest a more initial amount, you get a higher property control level, instead of reliance on the portfolio’s performance. We’ve got various other crowdfunding forums out there. Still, for the above mentioned, they function as private funds, not public stocks. In other words, one can easily liquidate an investment made and get access to cash. However, you can receive payment quarterly or monthly. It depends on the investment type you chose. Remember, for monthly returns, the income may rise or fall.
Connect to a sharing community
You can earn extra coins from a sharing economy business. The most familiar example of such is Airbnb and Uber. Presently, sharing involves any high-value equipment or asset for a streaming income throughout. For example, you can rent out your car on Taxify, and find an alternative means of getting to work, maybe cycling. Additionally, a piece of unique filming equipment that won’t be found any sooner to the cameralends will do. Spinlister and Sailo are other lending platforms for bicycles and boats, respectively. Another way is, for instance, if you plan to have a vacation in Spain, why not the Andalusian villa, make a profitable asset through Airbnb for some time to secure a place for you and your family when the time comes?
Explore online gigs
Are you good with the computer? Did you know income can be generated from doing what you love and do best? You can work as a freelancer on various websites in need of content creation, blog and article writing, transcribing, etc. Numerous platforms, such as Fiverr and UpWork, offer such services. Freelancers earn from these networks in exchange for their knacks and know-how. You can also make money by starting an online course teaching anything enticing to people’s lives. Your work is simply collecting and transferring cash into your account whenever a purchase is made.
Moreover, your hobbies and creativity can earn you more cash. Create beautiful products and enroll in the Etsy platform to sell. You can do more research to find any other online service that’s rewarding without requiring a higher prior investment, but software or a few materials.
The bottom line
No matter what your goal for investing, investing smartly rewards an investor when they become willing to do it. There are various practices to carry out to achieve getting monthly income from investments.
Individuals should also remember that there’s a difference between investing and saving money. You could be having a lot of portfolios generating a lot of money, but it’s good to have some savings ready. It’s essential to cover emergencies, including health, insurances, and other expenses. However, you will avoid some risks if you take the time to learn what to consider before investing in specific platforms from https://www.bugiscredit.sg/.
Headout & Nuclei partner to enable customers to book events & experiences directly from their mobile Banking applications
Nuclei, a leading provider of lifestyle banking and marketplace solutions, has entered into a partnership with Headout, an experiences platform that connects travelers to local activities around them at the push of a button. This partnership helps Banks in India, Middle East and the rest of Asia, to offer their customers the feature to discover and book local events & experiences from within their mobile banking applications.
Nuclei and Headout have come together to enable Banks to provide a superior digital experience and expand options for the customers to engage with their banks on a more regular basis. Banks across Asia have embarked on the path of digital transformation, looking to provide a more holistic experience to their customers and evolve their mobile applications to become more like Super Apps.
Nuclei will add events and local experiences booking to their lifestyle merchant marketplace solution for Banking apps which currently has close to 15 categories including flights, hotels, offers, gift cards, credit score, utility payments, etc. Partner Banks will be able to offer a collection of unique and personalized local events and experiences to their customer base, through a single integration.
Ankur Joshi, Founder & CEO of Nuclei, spoke on the announcement, “We are stoked to onboard a partner of the likes of Headout. They are an incredible team that has achieved something unique in the field of travel. Our Banking partners in India, the Middle East and the rest of the globe are equally excited to add their collection of events and experiences to Banks’ mobile applications.”
“Headout’s mission is to enable users’ to experience the best of our world seamlessly. Partnering with Nuclei helps us put world class experiences right at the tap of discerning travelers who are loyal customers of various partners bank across Asia and the Middle East. This partnership is a win-win for all involved and is a testimony to the ease of use of our partner technology and the quality of our experiences worldwide”, said Varun Khona, Co-Founder and CEO of Headout.
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