How does Wealthfront protect the assets in my investment account?

Wealthfront maximizes the protection of your assets by doing the following:

  1. SIPC Insurance: Wealthfront Brokerage Corporation is a member of SIPC, which protects securities customers of its members up to $500,000 (including $250,000 for claims for cash). An explanatory brochure is available upon request or at

    An IRA is considered a different type of account than a taxable account for this purpose, but different types of IRA accounts are considered one account for this purpose.
  2. All fully-paid (i.e. not on margin) securities are held in street name: Wealthfront only invests in SIPC covered securities registered in street name at the Depository Trust Company (DTC). That means the securities purchased on your behalf by Wealthfront are held separately from other Wealthfront assets.
  3. No proprietary trading: What this means is that neither Wealthfront nor Wealthfront Brokerage Corporation trade in securities for their own accounts. We only make trades for on behalf of our clients' accounts.

Note: Wealthfront's cash account is protected with FDIC insurance. Learn more here.

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