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Personal Finance 101: What Is a Debit Card?

A debit card looks like a credit card — and functions like one at the cash register — but acts as a direct link to


What Do I Need to Open a Bank Account?

If you’re wondering how to open a bank account, take heart: It’s a fairly painless process if you know what you need, what kind of

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Where to Find a Second-Chance Checking Account

Second-chance checking accounts are exactly what they sound like: another chance for you to use a checking account responsibly, even if a bank closed one

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Best Apps to Send Money

If you’ve ever wasted your breath on the phrase, “The check is in the mail,” now’s the time to stop: Several apps allow you to

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Free Business Checking Accounts

If your small business is closely watching a tight bottom line, you’ll be happy to know that free business checking accounts are out there, whether


Ally Bank Review

As traditional banks struggle with customer frustration over hidden fees and insultingly low interest rates, Ally Bank has positioned itself as the antidote to these


Best Banks in 2016

If you’re searching for the best bank, you have a dizzying number of choices. The growth of online and mobile banking means there are more

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Money Management 101: Why You Should Track Your Spending

Do you ever wonder why you run out of money by the end of the month? Do you earn plenty but still live paycheck to


What Is FDIC Insurance?

FDIC insurance protects customer bank deposits in the event of a bank failure. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the independent government agency that runs the

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Why Americans Aren’t Ready for an Emergency

Let’s talk about our saving skills for a minute, America. Because it seems that while we’re improving, we have yet to master the skill of

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Three Apps for America’s Money Management Woes

Americans, as a whole, are not very good at managing their finances. And it seems the biggest challenge — for those of us not among


Joint Finances: Why I Share My Money With My Husband

When I met my husband in 2004, he was sharing an apartment with two roommates and I was a poor student with a low-wage job

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How ‘Letting Your Money Work for You’ Really Works

Let your money work for you. All of us have heard that saying at some point, but what does it really mean? For some of


Cyber Insurance and Personal Data

Imagine if complete strangers could look inside your head and see your every thought and know everything about you. Imagine if they could use that

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How to Use Technology to Start Saving More

The numbers on who is saving money in America — or more commonly, who isn’t — may shock you. According to a survey by Bankrate, 76% of


The Financially Underserved and Second Chance Banking

On June 4, Spent: Looking for Change premiered on Youtube. It’s a powerful documentary on the financially underserved in the United States – people without


The Future of Banking and Credit Cards

If you’re a fan of plastic payments, it may be difficult to imagine a world without credit cards. It’s no wonder they are such an


Credit Unions vs. Banks: Understanding What Works for You

From a street view, a credit union looks just like a bank: rows of teller windows, convenient drive-through lanes and attractive lobbies. But hidden within

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