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Chase Sapphire Preferred Changes Travel Benefits, Cuts Points: Is It Worth Keeping?
Aug 15

Chase Sapphire Preferred Changes Travel Benefits, Cuts Points: Is It Worth Keeping?

The Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card has been heralded as one of the best travel credit cards around. But, changes are coming — some good, some bad. Is it time to start looking for a new travel card? In an official announcement, Chase posted a list of upcoming changes to the card. Here are the major focal

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How Insurance Companies Like Nationwide Are Making a Push to Be Your Next Bank
Aug 12

How Insurance Companies Like Nationwide Are Making a Push to Be Your Next Bank

Insurance companies are telling banks to step aside as they make an aggressive push — you’ve probably seen some of their advertisements — to become your next bank. While big banks have seemingly-recovered from their tarnished reputations following the financial crisis, the entire consumer-banking industry has been booming, especially non-brick-and-mortar financial institutions. Major insurance brands

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How the CIT-OneWest Bank Merger Could Affect You
Aug 06

How the CIT-OneWest Bank Merger Could Affect You

Customers of CIT Bank and OneWest Bank, prepare yourselves. The merger of the two banks will create a financial powerhouse that easily sits as one of the biggest retail banks in the U.S. Changes will happen, and it could affect your finances when the transition process begins. Online-only CIT Bank is set to acquire OneWest

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Benefits of the Barclaycard Ring MasterCard to Reduce Your Interest Payments
Aug 05

Benefits of the Barclaycard Ring MasterCard to Reduce Your Interest Payments

Interest is the financial phenomenon that keeps you in credit card debt. So, avoid it like the plague. Understandably, it is difficult for many people to pay off all debt at once, which is why the Barclaycard Ring MasterCard deserves a mention. The card’s benefits get you on a path towards a debt-free life, mostly

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Capital One® Platinum Prestige and Citi Simplicity Compared
Aug 01

Capital One® Platinum Prestige and Citi Simplicity Compared

During your search for the most suitable low-interest credit card, you surely must have come across the Capital One® Platinum Prestige Credit Card and Citi Simplicity. They are two of the popular credit cards that many people will consider when they want to cut down on the interest paid on their credit card balances. But,

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Will CIT-OneWest Merger Deliver More Bank for Your Buck?
Jul 29

Will CIT-OneWest Merger Deliver More Bank for Your Buck?

As last week’s proposed acquisition of OneWest Bank by CIT Group illustrates, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the banking sector is on a tear, no matter how you parse the numbers. Through mid-May of 2014, there were 87 bank deals, a 32 percent leap over the same period a year earlier and more than double

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Try These 3 Easy Tricks to Avoid the American Express Serve Monthly Fee
Jul 28

Try These 3 Easy Tricks to Avoid the American Express Serve Monthly Fee

To consumers like you and me, monthly fees are the bane of financial accounts. If we’re not paying those fees, we’re jumping through hoops to avoid them. Even for an extremely consumer-friendly prepaid card such as American Express Serve, there’s a pestering $1 monthly fee ($0 in NY, TX and VT). Frankly, it’s not much.

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How Wealthy Executives Still Remain Untouched by the Great Recession and Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank
Jul 26

How Wealthy Executives Still Remain Untouched by the Great Recession and Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank

On the same day as the four-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank bill — signed into law to make U.S. banks more stable and better capitalized — it was announced that CIT Group had purchased OneWest Bank for $3.4 billion. The two headliners in the deal were none other than John Paulson, who once infamously collected

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Amex Serve Stands as the Better American Express Prepaid Option
Jul 25

Amex Serve Stands as the Better American Express Prepaid Option

Leave it to American Express to make things more confusing in an already-crowded market by offering two very similar options for people who are looking for an alternative to a traditional checking account. They are the Amex Serve prepaid card and the Bluebird account — both of which are assuredly great options. But, if you were

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3 Reasons You Don’t Need to Spend $100 on This Credit Card Innovation
Jul 03

3 Reasons You Don’t Need to Spend $100 on This Credit Card Innovation

In an age where innovation is to be expected at practically every turn, it’s no wonder why so many entrepreneurs are looking towards ways in which to change how consumers handle their personal finances. The days of carrying a number of different credit and debit cards in one’s wallet may soon be coming to an

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