Money Management

Want to Live in a Cashless Country? Welcome to Sweden

I rarely carry cash. I’ve talked about it before, but it’s basically because I rarely get cash, would prefer to pay with a way that makes it easy to track my spending, and … because I have a really small wallet. So I love the fact that Sweden is becoming the first cashless country, according to […]

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Salary Sharing Taboos and the Memory of Gordie Howe

The title of the article reads “Salary-sharing taboo a big hurdle for pay equity.” No single bit of American pretension, vanity and egotism does more to harm the common cause of labor than pay secrecy. It harms more than pay equity; it lowers wages for all. The article cites a LinkedIn survey of a thousand […]

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These are the Best Online Savings Accounts Right Now

I’ve loved online savings accounts ever since I saw my first bit of interest accrue in my ING Direct account way back in 2006. I was at work, had checked my balance in the morning, and then checked again later in the day … only to find I had more money in my account. It […]

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How We Saved Enough Money for a Down Payment on a House

We’ve owned our house for nearly 6 years now, which is pretty unbelievable. It doesn’t sound like an incredibly long time, but over the course of those six years, a lot has happened. Our daughter was born just a few months before we moved into the house, so it was a pretty crazy time in […]

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Zenbanx is the Follow Up to Arkadi Kuhlmann’s Revolutionary ING Direct

If you’ve ever read anything on this site, then you probably know how much we love(d) ING Direct, the ultimate game changer in online banking, online savings accounts, and online money management. Day to day, not a ton has changed since their purchase by and renaming to Capital One 360, but for many of us […]

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Retire a Millionaire

I was speaking with a financial advisor but not at his office. It was at a party where there was lots of informal chit-chat over a nip of the grape. One thing he said to me and some others standing close by was meant as humor, a joke. It was “People sometimes ask me, How […]

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Antoine Walker, NBA Star, On Blowing $110 Million

Professional athletes tend to make a lot — and often lose a lot — of money. For many, it’s because they come into it quickly. They may not have ever had much to begin with. Others make poor investments. And others blow it all, then have the IRS on their tails. For Antoine Walker, the former […]

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Wearable Banking? Yeah, I Think I’ll Pass.

Technology’s done a lot of good for society — that’s obvious. And in the world of personal finance, it’s revolutionized the way we access and manage our money, automate our finances, and save ourselves from overdraft fees. As a guy who has covered the technology space and loves a good gadget, I’m usually at the forefront […]

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Is a Big Bank The Right Choice for You?

It’s incredibly easy to dislike (and make fun of) the biggest banks in the country — and often for very good reasons. They don’t care about you – they just care about their profits. They don’t make it easy for you to save money – they just want you to spend money and take out […]

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Bank of America Talks Their Mobile Banking Strategy

Everyone loves to hate Bank of America — myself included. I certainly don’t feel bad about it (especially when you see things like this), but as one of the country’s giant banks, they can clearly influence the way the market goes — from the negatives like fees to the positives like technology. So as banking […]

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What’s to Worry About Mobile Banking?

Mobile banking only continues to grow, with new apps launching every day, and banks making it easier and easier to do business on your smartphone. With that in mind, GOBankingRates wanted to find just how comfortable people are banking on their smartphones — and what concerns they have. The results are pretty interesting.

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What’s The Best Way to Protect Your Money Online?

No one wants to be the victim of an online scam or security breach. But it’s going to happen to someone — and you definitely don’t want it to be you. So what should you do to protect your money online? Well, there’s a lot of things. In fact, there’s a whole, long article in Bloomberg […]

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Please, Don’t Use a Checking Account With Fees

The Motley Fool published an article last week called “You Can Thank Millenials for Your Checking Account” about the (recent) history of the free checking account. It’s an interesting read if you’re curious about how banks introduced free checking accounts to get new customers, but then got caught up in the fee game (something we’ve […]

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