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

5 Places to Invest Your Cash

Are you one of those people who has a lot of cash on hand? Maybe you’re getting ready for a home purchase, or you just received a bonus, or you want to know where to keep your emergency fund. Is it worth it to buy a CD? Should you keep it in a high yield […]

Published or Updated: March 24, 2014

8 Banking Options for College Students

If you held a part-time job in high school, you may have a bank account or even a credit card in your name. But if you didn’t work — maybe you just cashed those babysitting checks — you may not be used to dealing with more than just some money in your pocket. In college […]

Published or Updated: July 28, 2014

The Best Checking And Savings Account Promotions and Deals

We just opened a new checking account at Capital One 360 (formerly ING Direct). We not only got a $50 bonus, but we earn interest on our balance. This experience got me to wondering just how many great checking account promotions are available. With a little bit of research, we came up with what I […]

Published or Updated: June 10, 2016

Mutual of Omaha Bank Review

Mutual of Omaha Bank is a subsidiary of the century-old Mutual of Omaha insurance company, and, like its parent company, it’s known for its conservative values. This FDIC-insured bank offers a wide range of financial products and accounts, including a credit card, money market savings account, checking account and mortgage program. Though its values may […]

Published or Updated: April 23, 2015

Best Online Savings Accounts with High Interest of 2016

Online savings accounts are one of the best places to stash your cash. Also called high yield savings accounts, you earn some of the highest available interest rates for a savings account, and you get the convenience of online account management and easy transfers to and from your existing bank accounts. Recently, a reader e-mailed […]

Published or Updated: June 22, 2016

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

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

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: May 29, 2016

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