Banking Blog

There’s more to banking than just paying bills and saving for a rainy day. Whether you’re trying to grow your savings faster, find a better way to pay friends instantly, or just teach your kids about money, we’ll help you get the most from your bank account — or find a better one.

Featured Articles

Do Check-Cashing Services Provide a Banking Alternative?

A couple of weeks ago, Business Insider published an amazing article by Alex Morrell...

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Mar 11, 2019
How Does A Bank Work?

The Basics of Banking Recently, I received a lengthy email from a reader who had a ton of basic personal…

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Aug 16, 2019
What Do You Need to Open a Bank Account?

Here\'s what you need to open a bank account in person or online.

Saundra Latham
Saundra Latham
Sep 17, 2019

Most Recent Articles

Where Does All of Our Money Go?

Kimberly writes in: A few months ago (yep, one of those New Years Resolutions!) I pledged to get a better…

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Mar 16, 2010
Trimming the Average Budget: Savings

Cash Contributions (optional retirement and cash savings) – $1,821/year The average American family contributes $150 a month to their retirement…

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Sep 10, 2014
Personal Finance 101: Getting Started with Banking

Banking Basics: Savings, Online, and Otherwise We all did it at the beginning of our financial lives. We grew up.…

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Sep 3, 2014
Personal Finance 101: What Does FDIC Insurance Really Mean?

Understanding FDIC Insurance and What It Means In the Case of Bank Failure One of the biggest things I encourage…

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Sep 4, 2014
Checking Accounts and Bernie Madoff

Ronnie writes in: I’m curious what your thoughts are on fractional reserve banking. It seems to me that this method…

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Sep 17, 2014
The Backup Checking Account

Not too long ago, my wife and I combined our checking and savings accounts, mostly in an effort to make…

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Oct 24, 2013