Betterment Alternative – Public Features vs. Betterment Features

When you switch to Public from Betterment, you’ll gain access to our next-level investment app that combines trading slices of shares in real-time with the social support and connection of your peers. Our goal is to make investing accessible to every individual regardless of their current financial status or investment experience. That’s why we’ve designed a platform that fosters information and provides investment opportunities that everyone can afford. And it’s all commission-free.

We slice shares so you can own any company

Our unique platform allows investors of all financial means and experience to buy and sell stocks and ETFs at their own pace. To help make investing even more accessible, we’ve provided sliced shares that Public account members can invest in real-time, commission-free. Our mission is to accelerate all people’s prosperity, and providing sliced shares for those investing in the stock market is just one way we accomplish that goal.

Fractional trading
Real-time settling of investments-
Real, registered brokerage-
Invest in U.S. stocks
Invest in U.S. ETFs
Automatic dividend reinvestment
See what brands a company owns-
Search stock by brands the company owns-
Discover companies based on themes-
See other people's trades-
Comment on other people's investments-
iOS app
Android app
In-app live chat support-

No minimum balance

We understand that no two investors are the same. Some members will come to our platform having engaged with the market for years, while others will be brand new to investing. Your experience level and the amount you plan to invest shouldn’t be allowed to dictate your access to a brokerage. At least that’s the way we see it. All of our Public accounts come with a zero minimum balance requirement, meaning you can buy and sell sliced shares at any amount that makes sense for your financial lifestyle.

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No paywall

Ever get really great at something only to get penalized? We don’t make you pay to level up. With a Public account, you’ll have access to the same features, support, and services that even the most successful investors use to select and make their investments. We also don’t make you pay more money to invest at a higher level. You can create a free account for Apple or Android to see what we mean.

Total portfolio control

At Public, we put the power over your portfolio in your hands. Unlike other investing apps, we allow you the freedom to control your investments. Everyone with a Public account has the ability to take charge and only invest in the companies and brands that matter to them. You’ll be able to hand-select each and every investment you make, choosing the exact amount to invest. If a breaking news story changes your opinion of a company, you’ll be armed with the power to change your portfolio.

Brand clarity

Public also provides you with total brand transparency. It’s part of our greater mission to connect investors with the companies that matter to them. In our app, you can browse brands and discover the brands and companies owned by those you invest in. This feature helps you make smarter, more informed investment decisions. We’re all about empowering your investment choices and demystifying the ins and outs of the stock market.

Automatically reinvest dividends

When a company you’ve invested in pays out dividends, we think you should have the opportunity to reinvest the way you see fit. That’s why our automatic dividend reinvestment program exists. With Public, you won’t have to miss your moment to increase your financial gains on the stock market by leaving dividends sitting in your account. The Public platform allows you to purchase additional sliced shares in the companies that are already bringing value to your portfolio.

Live chat support

Not the phone call type? Our support team is available via chat, as well. We’re here to help you in whatever channel you prefer to use. It’s important to us that you reach a real, human person each and every time you reach out to Public. That’s why we banished chatbots from our platforms. The real value of our company comes in the form of the human connections we make. Chatbots just don’t cut it as far as we’re concerned.

Be social

Did we mention focusing on human connection and support means a lot to us? With a Public account, you have the opportunity to connect with fellow investors, comment on their activity, and exchange ideas in a transparent environment. Our community features allow you to discover new companies that fit into your existing ideals and can help you reach your investment goals. Of course, if you prefer to keep your activity private, then that’s an option for you, too.


If you’re new to investing, it’s normal to be a little intimidated. It’s even more normal to worry about losing the hard-earned money you took a risk to invest. That’s why all members who invest with the Public app are guaranteed the protection of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). Your investments will be insured up to $500,000 on your securities accounts. For more information, head to to learn more about how the SIPC insures your investments and provides peace of mind.

Genevieve Schoepke is a freelance writer with a special focus in business and finance. She’s produced copy for a wide range of clients from CPAs to digital content marketing specialists. Her favorite projects are those that communicate complicated topics in ways that inspire and reveal pathways to success.

The above content is provided is paid for by Public and is for general informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute investment advice or any other kind of professional advice and should not be relied upon as such. Before taking action based on any such information, we encourage you to consult with the appropriate professionals. We do not endorse any third parties referenced within the article. Market and economic views are subject to change without notice and may be untimely when presented here. Do not infer or assume that any securities, sectors or markets described in this article were or will be profitable. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. There is a possibility of loss. Historical or hypothetical performance results are presented for illustrative purposes only.