Is Online Banking Safe?

Growth of Online Banking

Online banking has risks, but you can take simple steps to safeguard your money Photo: Todd Ehlers I‘ve banked online for years. First my brick and mortar bank went online. Then I opened several accounts with online banks that don’t have branches. My guess is you bank online, too. In fact, a 2012 comScore report […]

Published or Updated: January 30, 2013

Ally Bank Review

Ally Bank Review

I just opened an online savings account at Ally Bank. It took all of about seven minutes to open the account, and Ally offers one of the highest interest rates available on an FDIC-insured account. So it seemed that a detailed review of Ally Bank was in order. Opening an Account at Ally As an […]

Published or Updated: July 16, 2014

CIT Bank Certificates of Deposit

CIT Bank

Anytime I find a 12-month certificate of deposit paying more than 1% APY it’s worth talking about. And the one I have today comes from a well-known bank I’ve never heard of–CIT Bank. CIT Bank is an online bank that specializes in certificates of deposit. As a matter of fact, it only offers CD’s. CIT […]

Published or Updated: February 12, 2013

What is an ABA Routing Number and Why You Should Care

ABA Routing

This past weekend I set up direct deposit for a business payment I receive each month. The vendor required just three pieces of information: (1) the name of my bank, (2) my account number, and (3) the bank’s ABA Routing number. There are several situations when knowing your bank’s routing number is really important. For […]

Published or Updated: October 15, 2012

The Best Bank CD Rates of 2014

My very first investment was in certificates of deposit. I was a teenager, and CDs paid more than 10%. While we can’t get that kind of return today, a certificate of deposit is a safe place to hold cash. And if you pick a high yield CD, you will earn a decent return. So I […]

Published or Updated: April 3, 2014

Save 5% Cash Back with a PerkStreet Debit Card – August 2012 Categories

A few years ago, a small outfit named PerkStreet launched a free online checking account that offers amazing debit card rewards.  Rather than offer an interest rate, PerkStreet decided to provide cash back on all debit card purchases, sometimes in the amount of 5%.  The amount of cash back that you can earn as an […]

Published or Updated: September 10, 2012

Reader Question: How to Find a Good Checking Account for a Teen

A reader named Ann recently published the following question on the Dough Roller Facebook page: Why are banks not opening checking accounts for teens, even though their parents are on the account? My 16 year old granddaughter has only the option of her salary being direct deposited into a checking account or receiving a card […]

Published or Updated: March 24, 2014

ING Direct Promotional Deals

Update: Capital One 360 has purchased ING Direct. We have a comprehensive review of Capital One 360, and you can also visit our list of checking account promotions. One of the best deals in online banking comes from ING Direct. Not only does the bank offer excellent interest rates and virtually no fees, but it […]

Published or Updated: June 23, 2014

Ally Introduces 2 New Ally Bank Mobile Apps

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Recently Ally Bank released two mobile phone applications. The apps, designed for the iPhone or Android phones, are a big step into mobile banking for Ally. Frankly, Ally Bank has been behind the curve on its move toward mobile banking, but the Ally Mobile Banking and Ally ATM and Cash Locator apps move it in […]

Published or Updated: June 12, 2013