Managing your money should be easy, but it usually isn’t. If you’re like half of Americans and keep your money at more than one financial institution, you probably find yourself moving money between accounts, committing multiple logins to memory, and monitoring lots of transfers. Whether you use traditional banks, fintech companies, or a mix to manage your money, it can be exhausting to coordinate across clunky interfaces that don’t work well together. This hassle is what inspired our vision of Self-Driving Money™. 

For years, we’ve worked towards building a future where software would make it easy to manage your finances automatically – so they’d become a point of pride, not a source of stress. We’re thrilled to announce that Self-Driving Money™ is finally here. The Wealthfront Cash Account now allows you to instantly organize your cash into categories and route your money exactly where you want it, so you can effortlessly manage your finances from end to end.

From the moment your employer direct deposits your paycheck to your Cash Account, you can let our software handle the details – it will automatically keep money for everyday spending (like paying bills), send checks as needed, top off your emergency fund and other savings goals, and even invest money within minutes so you can build long-term wealth. When you build your savings plan, we’ll apply our industry-leading automation so your money gets routed automatically with no extra effort on your part. It’s a whole new way to make your money work for you.

You make the rules, we’ll automate them

It takes just a few taps to organize your cash into categories and build an automated plan to route your paycheck – both are extremely flexible and you can edit them at any time. For example, let’s say you want a category to save up an emergency fund (which we think is a great idea!). You can set a target total balance for your emergency fund (or a monthly saving target) and our software will automatically move money to meet that goal while ensuring you have enough for everyday spending. 

Of course, you’re probably saving for more than one thing. Our software takes the work out of routing money to multiple goals. In addition to saving for an emergency fund, maybe you also want to save for the down payment on a home. You can create another category and update your plan so that cash gets automatically routed to both categories instantly to meet your specific needs. You might also decide you want all excess cash to go to your emergency fund until you hit your target balance, and then start saving for a down payment – that’s fine, too, and it’s easy to set up. 

At Wealthfront, we want to save you both time and stress by simplifying the way you manage your money. Our Cash Account offers all of the checking features you expect, plus the sophisticated automation you need to effortlessly route your money exactly where you want it. And when you’re ready to transfer your long-term savings to a Wealthfront Investment Account, your money can be invested within minutes.

Self-Driving Money™ is here

We’re unbelievably excited that Self-Driving Money™ is now a reality, making Wealthfront the ideal home for your cash and investments. That doesn’t mean our work is done, though. Very soon, we’ll be rolling out even more features that give you additional control and personalization in how you manage your money. We have big things planned for 2021, and we can’t wait to show them to you. 

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