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Why Chase’s Basic Checking Account Struggles to Beat Online Checking Accounts
Dec 10

Why Chase’s Basic Checking Account Struggles to Beat Online Checking Accounts

As one of the nation’s largest banks, Chase often comes to mind for people who are looking for a new checking account. However, other banks have become such attractive alternatives that it is hard to leave them out of the conversation. Online banks, in particular, are worth noting. Because online banks don’t have to pay

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Bank Tellers Reveal the 10 Naughtiest Customer Habits
Dec 09

Bank Tellers Reveal the 10 Naughtiest Customer Habits

The holiday season is here and for people working in customer service positions, December can be a difficult time as they handle a flood of stressed-out shoppers. It’s not just the stores where tensions run high and patience levels are low; bank tellers are also dealing with plenty of folks who aren’t exactly overflowing with

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What to Consider Before Opening a Joint Checking Account With Your Partner

What to Consider Before Opening a Joint Checking Account With Your Partner

These days, getting married isn’t an automatic part of life for many serious couples. According to the latest U.S. Census in 2010, 12 percent of couples were unmarried and this doesn’t even include serious couples who weren’t living together. If you’re in this kind of relationship, managing money can get a little tricky. While you

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Lessons Learned When Wells Fargo Didn’t Honor Widow’s CD
Dec 05

Lessons Learned When Wells Fargo Didn’t Honor Widow’s CD

Why is that we always get stuck with the short end of stick when banks mess things up? A perfect example is Arizona’s KPHO’s story on Rosemarie Braunstein, a widow who recently found her late husband’s $18,000 paper certificate of deposit (CD) from 1984 that Wells Fargo refused to honor because they had no record

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Conquer Your Fears and Learn How to Deal With Bad Credit
Dec 04

Conquer Your Fears and Learn How to Deal With Bad Credit

How to deal with bad credit isn’t as easy as it used to be. Not so long ago, when you tried to avoid bill collectors, you just let the phone ring or you ripped it off the wall if the calls became too frequent. Today, those avoidance tactics won’t do you much good because your

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10 Answers to Help You Get the Most from Bank Reviews
Dec 03

10 Answers to Help You Get the Most from Bank Reviews

As editor of MyBankTracker.com, editor Claire Tak has had the opportunity to read literally thousands of bank reviews over the years that customers have posted on the MyBankTracker website. In that time, she has noticed recurrent themes and trends that have drawn the ire and praise of customers. Because of Ms. Tak’s position, she is

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Why a $95 Credit Card Annual Fee Can Be Worth It

Why a $95 Credit Card Annual Fee Can Be Worth It

The idea of paying an annual fee on a credit card is blasphemous to some people. That includes me, considering that I’ve personally found no need for all the perks that come with such a card. However, I know that everyone has different spending habits. Yours may legitimately justify a card with an annual fee

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4 Ways to Get the Best Interest Rates for Your Money
Dec 02

4 Ways to Get the Best Interest Rates for Your Money

Part of being American means wanting the best for you and your family — and that should include the best interest rates for your money, which include your savings accounts, mortgages, credit cards and CDs. You might not think a few percentage points, up or down, can make a big difference, but over time they

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Important Decisions to Make When Picking a Bank
Dec 01

Important Decisions to Make When Picking a Bank

How do you choose a bank to do business with? To some, the selection of a bank carries no more weight than tossing a coin, but it’s an important and potentially expensive decision. Bank rates and fees can vary and add up to as much as $50 a month — or up to $600 a

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4 Credit Card Alternatives Every 20-Something Should Use When Making Big Purchases
Nov 29

4 Credit Card Alternatives Every 20-Something Should Use When Making Big Purchases

The millennial generation, on the whole, seems to shy away from using credit cards. The Great Recession and mounting student loan debt has apparently soured millennials on plastic. Compared to their elders over 30, almost twice as many consumers in their 20s don’t have a single credit card. A recent study of credit trends found the

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