Citi Checking $400 Bonus

Citi Checking $400 Bonus

My wife and I have banked with Citi for 20 years. While recently there has been a big push to online banks, we’ve been very happy with Citi. (One new cool feature is that you can have an ATM receipt emailed to you rather than printed.) Now Citi has just added another reason to consider […]

Published or Updated: April 7, 2013

The Future of Mobile Banking

future mobile banking

Mobile banking apps make banking and managing finances more convenient and less time consuming. They also reduce the need for working with loads upon loads of paper, like all those forms you need to fill out in brick-and-mortar banks. The most common activities performed by mobile banking app users include scanning and depositing checks, monitoring […]

Published or Updated: March 24, 2014

Capital One 360 Review

Capital One 360 Mobile

As you may have heard, Capital One recently purchased ING Direct. Now called Capital One 360, it’s an online bank that offers everything from checking accounts to savings accounts to bank accounts for children. My wife and I have had a savings account at ING direct for a number of years. We’ve also opened up […]

Published or Updated: July 24, 2015

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

Click here to go directly to Ally Bank 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 […]

Published or Updated: April 30, 2015

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 2015

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 here’s […]

Published or Updated: July 24, 2015

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