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Chase to Raise Monthly Fees In Certain States: Tips to Avoid These Fees
Yesterday, May 23

Chase to Raise Monthly Fees In Certain States: Tips to Avoid These Fees

Higher monthly fees are incoming for many Chase customers with basic checking and savings accounts. It’s another round of fee hikes that are sure to anger customers who struggle to avoid those fees. Fortunately, the fee waiver requirements are not changing. I’ve got a couple of neat tips to help you waive these monthly fees

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Are Banks Open on Memorial Day?
May 22

Are Banks Open on Memorial Day?

In 2015, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 25. It’s a day when we honor those who died while serving in the U.S. military. For most Americans, the holiday also marks the beginning of summer which means they’re busy preparing for picnics, BBQs and road trips. What shouldn’t be on the list of things to

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Lesson From Starbucks: Creative Ways That Hackers Can Steal From You
May 20

Lesson From Starbucks: Creative Ways That Hackers Can Steal From You

The recent news of the Starbucks hack is one of the warning signs against increasingly-convenient payment methods. Cybercriminals were able to steal money from Starbucks customers though the Starbucks mobile app without actually obtaining much financial information. The incident shows that hackers are looking to steal from us, indirectly. How else can they do it?

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Online Checking Accounts at Ally Bank and Capital One 360 Have a New Rival: MyCBB
May 19

Online Checking Accounts at Ally Bank and Capital One 360 Have a New Rival: MyCBB

When I heard of the new MyCBB (an online division of California Business Bank) checking account that was launched in April, it really did sound too good to be true. It’s a free checking account that has a very attractive interest rate — with no strings attached. I just had to compare it to the

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How to Never Pay for Bank Fees When You Travel Abroad
May 17

How to Never Pay for Bank Fees When You Travel Abroad

If you’re planning a trip overseas this summer, don’t settle for spending more money than you have to. Bank fees can easily eat into your vacation budget, so today I’m offering up the best tips on how to get out of paying them when traveling abroad. Switch to an online bank Online banks are gaining

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4 Signs That Indicate a Bank Account Bonus Offer Is Worth It for You
May 15

4 Signs That Indicate a Bank Account Bonus Offer Is Worth It for You

You’ve probably seen more than one bank advertising a new checking or savings account sign-up bonus of a few hundred bucks for new customers. However, not all bonuses are created equally, and if you’ve been on the fence about opening a new account at a bank because you’re unsure if it’s worth it, read on

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How to Open an IRA Retirement Account In 10 Minutes
May 14

How to Open an IRA Retirement Account In 10 Minutes

This past weekend, a friend finally mustered up the willpower to open an IRA, but she asked me to help guide her through the process. I realize that she’s not alone — many people find it to be a daunting task. That’s why I decided to write this article: to show how quickly you can set one

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How to Prioritize Your Emergency Fund With Other Financial Goals
May 09

How to Prioritize Your Emergency Fund With Other Financial Goals

As a frequent visitor of many personal finance forums throughout the web (including Reddit), I’ve noticed one glaring question that definitely gets asked more than anything else: “Now that I can put money into savings, how do I juggle an emergency fund along with my other financial goals?” See my recommended approach to prioritizing your

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Customer Service Hold Times Compared at 10 Big Banks
May 05

Customer Service Hold Times Compared at 10 Big Banks

When you’ve got a problem with an existing bank account or a question about opening a new one, calling customer service is often more convenient than visiting a branch. However, with more banks converting to automated systems, getting an actual person on the line may mean waiting a little longer than you’d like. I put

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Insider Secrets from a Chase Banker: How to Complain the Right Way
Apr 23

Insider Secrets from a Chase Banker: How to Complain the Right Way

“The customer is always right” is not a concept that translates well to the banking industry. However, despite their reputation for fee-gouging customers, banks will occasionally play nice and give in to customer complaints and demands. However, you need to also know the rules of the game, and luckily for me, I was able to

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