Swell 101

  1. Who is Swell for?
  2. Is Swell a mutual fund?
  3. Who manages Swell’s portfolios?
  4. What Is Swell Investing?
  5. Am I buying into a fund?
  6. How are Swell's portfolios different from sustainable ETFs?
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Sign Up Process

  1. What information do I need to provide to open an account?
  2. What is account verification?
  3. How long does it take to open an account and be fully invested?
  4. I want to link my bank. What do I do if I can’t find my bank?
  5. Can Non-US citizens open a Swell account?
  6. Why do I need to submit my Social Security number and address?
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Funding My Account

  1. I want to link my bank. What do I do if I can’t find my bank?
  2. How long does it take to invest my cash?
  3. Can I link my money market account to fund my Swell account?
  4. How do I fund my account?
  5. How do I set up a recurring deposit?
  6. Do you accept international bank accounts?
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Account Types

  1. Is it possible to have a flexible investment account AND a retirement account with Swell at the same time?
  2. What is the difference between a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA?
  3. What types of accounts does Swell support?
  4. What are the different types of IRA?
  5. What is a taxable brokerage account?
  6. Can I open multiple accounts?
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  1. How is my portfolio mix constructed once I choose the portfolios in which I want to invest?
  2. Can I edit my portfolio mix?
  3. Why does the performance chart sometimes show less than a month or a week worth of data?
  4. How do you invest $50 in all the portfolios via fractional shares?
  5. What is the basic structure of my portfolio?
  6. Can I choose how much money goes in each portfolio?
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  1. Does investing in impact mean I should expect lower returns?
  2. What’s the difference between SRI (Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing), ethical investing, ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and Impact Investing?
  3. Why would I choose to invest in socially responsible portfolios?
  4. What is SRI (Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing)?
  5. How do you select the companies that are included in a portfolio theme?
  6. What determines a company’s weight within a portfolio?
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Flexible Accounts

  1. How can I know the status of my account transfer?
  2. How long does it take to withdraw money?

Retirement Accounts

  1. Can I withdraw from my retirement account?
  2. Can I make deposits into my IRA while a transfer is in progress?
  3. How do I know my IRA account type?
  4. Can I have an IRA and a Roth IRA?
  5. Can I open a beneficiary or inherited IRA account?
  6. What happens if I over contribute into my IRA account?
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  1. Can I rollover my retirement account (IRA, Roth IRA, SEP IRA)?
  2. Can I transfer multiple IRA accounts?
  3. Can I rollover my 401(k) from my previous employer into an IRA?
  4. Can I roll over my existing 401(k) plans to Swell?
  5. If I have a “Rollover IRA” or “Rollover Roth IRA”, can I transfer them to Swell?

Transfers & Withdrawals

  1. How do I withdraw my funds? What is the timing?
  2. What does it mean when my account is “pending”?

Closing Your Account

  1. Is there a fee to close my account?
  2. I have closed my account, but I see cash left in it. What should I do?

Taxes & Fees

  1. What are your fees? How does Swell make money?
  2. What is it going to cost me to invest $50?
  3. How much does Swell cost?
  4. What is an Self Regulatory Organization (SRO) Fee?
  5. Does Swell charge trading commissions on its accounts?
  6. Is there a custodial fee?
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  1. What guarantees exist to protect my funds?
  2. Who is Folio Institutional?
  3. What’s a brokerage account at Folio Institutional?
  4. Where are my investments held?
  5. What would happen if Folio Institutional becomes insolvent?
  6. How do Swell and Folio Institutional work together?
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  1. What is a fractional share?
  2. What is the MSCI KLD 400 Social Index?
  3. What is the Russell 3000?
  4. What is the S&P 500?
  5. What do you mean by “Small-cap” and “Mid-cap” companies?