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
Nov 13, 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?

To get started, make sure you’re eligible to open an account. You’ll need to be at least 18 years old…

Cynthia Paez Bowman
Cynthia Paez Bowman
Nov 21, 2019

Most Recent Articles

Online Banking and Contingency Plans

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would…

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Jul 7, 2011
Can You Actually Make Money Chasing Rates?

One common tactic I see on personal finance blogs is what I like to call “rate chasing.” This tactic usually…

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
May 12, 2010
Personal Finance 101: An Online Banking Primer

Understanding Online Banking and Finding the Right One for You Katie writes in: I was wondering if you could do…

Trent Hamm
Trent Hamm
Sep 3, 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