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
Aug 16, 2019

Most Recent Articles

Creating a CD Ladder for Your Emergency Fund or Other Savings to Earn a Better, Safe Return

As I’ve mentioned before, my family has a pretty good sized cash emergency fund, somewhere around nine months’ worth of…

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Oct 5, 2008
Money Market Accounts vs Savings Accounts

Understanding Money Market Accounts Kathleen writes in with a good question: A lot of personal finance books I read suggest…

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Aug 16, 2019
What Features Are Most Important For Your Primary Bank? My Thoughts and Recommendations

As most longtime readers know, I’m a very happy customer of ING Direct for both my primary checking account and…

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Nov 1, 2018
How to Budget Using ING Direct

As regular readers know, I’m a very happy user of ING Direct. They provide my checking services, my savings services,…

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Sep 15, 2014
Some Notes on SmartyPig

First of all, a disclaimer: while I’m not directly involved with SmartyPig, I did speak with the development team in…

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Mar 19, 2008
The Fed Cuts Rates – What Does That Mean For Me?

Whenever the Federal Reserve makes a move, it dominates headlines. I watched CNN for a while yesterday while waiting for…

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Jan 23, 2008