Online vs. Traditional Banking: Which is Better?

According to credit behemoth Discover, 82% of U.S. customers used online banking in the last 30 days. But they aren’t just using a standalone computer for their banking needs; they’re turning to smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices to get the job done. In fact, according to recent data, the number of people banking on […]

Published or Updated: September 4, 2015

Interview with Green Dot’s Founder and CEO, Steven Streit

A listener to the Dough Roller Money Podcast recently emailed me about online security. He wanted to know whether our online financial lives—think banking, investing, credit cards, and the like—are safe. And what happens if a hacker does manage to compromise are accounts? Are just out of luck? To begin answering this question, I interviewed […]

Published or Updated: May 21, 2015

Synchrony Bank Review

Synchrony Bank is a newcomer to the online banking market, and it offers an interesting blend of old-fashioned and high-tech banking. Like many online banks, it runs on a lightweight business model so it can offer lower fees and higher rates of return. Unlike online-only banks like Ally, Synchrony has a physical location in Bridgewater, […]

Published or Updated: April 1, 2016

Capital One 360 Black Friday Cash Bonus Deal

Update: This offer has expired. You’ll find current banking promotions on our bank bonus page. Capital one 360 has just launched a limited time Black Friday sale. From November 28th at 12 am ET to December 1st at 11:59 pm ET, earn bonus cash when you open a new 360 Checking® account or 360 Savings® […]

Published or Updated: December 1, 2015

Manilla to Close–Here are 5 Alternatives

Manilla recently announced that they will be closing effective July 1, 2014. It’s unfortunate as Manilla provided a free and very unique service. In addition to tracking your bills, Manilla could also keep track of your explanation of benefit forms for several major health insurance companies. The notice really took me by surprise. I had […]

Published or Updated: May 25, 2014

5 Factors to Consider Before Using a HELOC for Your Emergency Fund

A reader named Brian asks whether it’s a sound move to use a home equity line of credit as an emergency fund: Rob, I enjoy your podcast, and I have great respect for your approach to personal finance. The 31-Day Money Challenge actually had me looking forward to my daily commute. I have a simple […]

Published or Updated: April 15, 2014

GE Capital Bank Review

In January, 2013, GE Capital Bank acquired MetLife’s online bank, creating the new GE Capital Online Bank. This online bank offers great yields and several good Certificate of Deposit options, but a quick online search also turns up hundreds of customer complaints. So what’s the real deal? Is GE Capital Bank worth checking out? As […]

Published or Updated: November 17, 2015

Barclays Bank Review

Click here to go directly to Barclays Bank Barclays Bank is a great option for a high-yield online savings account. Relatively new, Barclays’ online division for US customers offers some of the highest savings account yields out there. Even though Barclay’s online banking option is new, the bank itself is not. Founded in 1690, Barclays […]

Published or Updated: March 15, 2016

4 Options When You Can’t Open a Bank Account

According to CNN Money, about 15% of bank account applicants are denied regular savings and checking accounts because of their banking history. Banks usually get information about this history from a company called ChexSystems, which maintains a file of information on your checking account history similar to your credit report. ChexSystems, which is governed by […]

Published or Updated: April 1, 2016

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