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Simple: Why It’s Incredibly Hard to be a Banking Startup

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I’m not that familiar with Simple, the online bank that promises built-in budgeting and savings tools, no unnecessary fees and everything you need to make managing your personal finances “effortless.” Even though it’s affiliated with The Bancorp Bank, where users’ money is actually held, Simple is a startup company — and it’s seen its share […]

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I’m Interviewed on Mint.com About Automating Your Finances

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The fine folks over at Mint.com, probably the most popular account aggregator online, reached out to me a few weeks back about sharing the process and thoughts behind automating your finances. Obviously, I was happy to share. They had a handful of questions to ask, including: What’s the advantage in automating your finances? Just how […]

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Are Online Savings Accounts Rates On Their Way Up?

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I tell this story all the time, and I’m sure I’ve written about it here, too, but I can’t seem to find a post about it. When I opened up my first online savings account way back in 2006 with ING Direct, it was a good time to be saving. Interest rates were well above […]

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Can We Finally Send Money to Friends Without a Fee?

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I’m that guy. You know me. When we go out with friends, and the check comes, I’m the one who never has any cash for splitting the bill. Sorry. I know. It’s just that I don’t carry cash on me – or else it burns a hole in my pocket. I pay for everything with a debit […]

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Is Getting a PhD Worth It? On Jobs, Salaries and the Market

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I continue to see articles describing the grim job market for those pursing and finishing PhDs. A recent article from the Washington Post (“U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren’t there”) describes a surplus of science doctorates looking for research positions. The article uses examples of four people: a new neuroscientist yet to […]

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Verizon Now Charging for Online – But Not Automatic – Payments

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Verizon has announced that they will begin charging customers a $2 fee for paying their bills online via credit card, in order to “continue to support these single bill payment options in these channels and is designed to address costs incurred by us for only those customers who choose to make single bill payments in […]

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Day 13: Set Your Bills to Be Paid Automatically

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I hate paying bills. But who doesn’t? It’s so arcane to take a couple hours out of a beautiful day, or a night when you could be sleeping, or otherwise doing something fun or productive, and write a ton of checks and stuff a lot of envelopes and stick a lot of stamps. Today, you’re […]

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