Summary While no dividends were paid, the Acorns account appreciated by $28.98. Betterment reports on a quarterly basis, so no report is available for this month. Prosper continued it’s steady returns with $36.33 over principle repayments. Because the Prosper loans return principle and interest throughout the month, the account is securing more dividend-paying loans throughout the month, valued well in excess of income it returned. Swagbucks retuned only $5.00 Perk returned nothing. I only run Perk when I’ve finished earning SwagBucks, and I do the daily quiz for 3 cents a day because I’m a masochist. I really think Perk isn’t worth it anymore. The big passive breakouts this month were shopping loyalty program rebates and Ebates, returning $77.50 combined.Read More →

Today Acorns (internal link) announced a new service, Acorns Later – investing in a tax advantaged account according to your profile. Basically, Acorns will peruse your profile and ask some questions and recommend either a Traditional, Roth or SEP IRA. This IRA can be funded from recurring payments (like Betterment (internal link), or any other IRA servicer) or incidental investments you choose to make. The cost of Acorns Later is $1.00 per month. I already invest in IRA’s from Aspiration, and Betterment which, given the amount of money I have invested, have much preferable cost structures. Still, Acorns works well for some, and I have generally been very happy with their performance. My Acorns investment account is an aggressive one,Read More →

Acorns (internal link) announced new “found money” offers today from Mod Cloth, The Body Shop, Michael Kors. Vitamin World and KiwiCo. Investopedia (external link) defines found money as: “A sum of cash or financial account that the holder controls, has forgotten about, then rediscovered. Found money can refer to something as simple as leaving cash in a warm coat and finding it the next season, or a utility deposit that was uncollected after moving to a new address. Each state operates an unclaimed property agency to connect forgotten funds with rightful owners and many belong to a national database.” On Acorns, found money is essentially a rebate, except, rather than find money you previously held, here, the partner companies invest aRead More →