A 60 Second Guide to the W-9 Form

The W-9 Form, titled “Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification,” is an IRS form used to request a taxpayer identification number. The form is generally used when an individual, freelancer or independent consultant (i.e., non-employee) is hired to provide goods or services to another individual or business. The purpose of the form is to […]


Five Reasons Why TradeKing Is a Great Online Discount Broker

Even with the stock market slipping, there are a good number of diverse online discount brokers to choose from.  Discount brokers offer quick, electronic trades and the convenience of being able to trade from home, the office, or a smart mobile device.  If you’re thinking about opening an account with a discount broker, you may […]


Sallie Mae Online Bank Account Review

When you or I think of Sallie Mae, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t their online savings account. To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure that the 1,000th thing to come to mind would be a savings account. Yet, Sallie Mae has recently launched just that, and with a current savings rate […]


FNBO Direct Review

First National Bank of Omaha, a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska, is currently the largest privately owned bank in the United States today.  Founded in 1850 and opened in 1857 by a group of Iowan settlers, FNBO was also a pioneer in getting women in the workforce.  In 1913, First National Bank of Omaha […]


How Much Money is in Circulation Today?

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has quite the task of determining just how much money should be printed and distributed each year.  Once the number of economic importance has been figured out, the fun part of shredding old bills to compensate for the new ones takes place and the value of a dollar is […]


Current Wells Fargo Mortgage Rates

One day, in the not-so-distant future, I plan to become a homeowner.  Where that home is and how much it costs is anyone’s best guess but you can bet I’ll spend hundreds of hours researching the best mortgage rates available before I commit to anything. The first bank I will be checking is Wells Fargo.  […]