Personal Finance

People looking at personal finances and money marketNot many of us were brought up learning the ins and outs of personal finance in school or at home. Talking openly about money has always carried with it a bit of a stigma because of this lack of understanding, and most put off gaining a greater degree of comprehension because it seems overwhelming and confusing. However, to make the most of your income, credit, savings, and investments, it is necessary to understand how money works sooner rather than later. Whether it is getting a better handle on how to manage income taxes throughout the year, ramping up your budgeting game with tips and tricks, or knowing the best place to store your emergency cash, education regarding personal finance is a must. Everyone has a different reason for wanting to learn more about how their financial situation affects their situation now and well into the future, but we have you covered. Here, you can find helpful resources for managing your financial circumstances at your own pace, on your own terms.

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How We Should Remember Our Veterans

Veteran’s Day is now here and I’m reminded about my own tour of service in the U.S. Army, way back in the early 80s. The country had recently exited the Vietnam War and folks were trying to heal from that trauma. Unfortunately, the U.S. military suffered, insofar as its reputation was concerned.

Posted on November 11, 2017 by Henry

Credit Unions vs. Banks – What’s the Difference?

Financial institutions exist so that consumers and businesses have a method to manage their finances with various deposit accounts, like checking, savings, and certificates of deposit, and lending, like mortgage, auto, and consumer loans. Banks and credit unions are the most commonly used financial institutions for these different products and services. However, while most financial […]

Posted on November 3, 2017 by Melissa

Understanding the Different Credit Card Payment Technologies – Magstripe, EMV and NFC

It wasn’t too long ago that all consumers had to worry about was having enough cash in their wallet to make a purchase. In today’s technology-infused marketplace, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone walking around with wads of cash in hand. Instead, the use of plastic or in some cases, metal, is far more prevalent […]

Posted on October 30, 2017 by Melissa

Understanding Digital Wallets and How They Work

Just about every consumer has seen firsthand the shifts taking place in the economic landscape. It may not be something you consciously take note of, but changes like chip-enabled cards, money transfer apps, and digital wallets are creating a new environment for doing business. Technology companies focused in the financial sector have been working diligently […]

Posted on October 13, 2017 by Melissa

Broker or Fiduciary? The Wrong Choice Could Cost You Thousands

When it comes to maximizing wealth over your lifetime, and making the wisest financial choices in general, almost nothing matters more than who you turn to for advice.  And in this day and age of constant, aggressive advertising, it’s easier than ever to get caught up in the glitzy marketing of finance firms pushing their […]

Posted on August 18, 2017 by Devin Trim

What to Do When You’re Turned Down for a Loan

It can be devastating to have your loan application denied, but it’s not uncommon. While it will be difficult to adjust in the moment, it really is a situation where you’re able to make lemonade from lemons – if you know how. Why were you denied credit? When you apply to any financial institution for […]

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Nicole White

Common Types of Savings Accounts – When it’s Best to Use Each

When you’re trying to save money it’s important to know that you have options. Most of us know about the savings accounts offered by our bank, but are there others? There are just a few types of savings accounts, and the one that is right for you depends on what you want to do with […]

Posted on June 30, 2017 by Nicole White

8 Steps to Budgeting and Keeping a Close Eye on Your Finances

Budgeting has gotten a bad rap. It’s not all about reusing paper towels and stockpiling money under the mattress. It’s definitely not about depriving yourself. Budgeting is all about telling your money where to go so you won’t wonder where it all went. Doesn’t that sound nice? Of course it does! But how do you […]

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Nicole White

5 Major Financial Mistakes We Keep Committing

As individuals, Americans are not directly in control of macroeconomic policy in the United States, but our behaviors impact the economy in a collective manner. For example, now that the economy is recovering, consumers are spending again, giving it an additional boost. But much of this spending is also fueling a significant rise in consumer […]

Posted on June 9, 2017 by Ryan

Regions Bank vs KeyBank vs Capital One – $200 Checking Account Promotions Compared

For most consumers, having a checking account is a necessary part of money management. With features like free direct deposit of earnings, bill pay options, and ATM access, a checking account is often used for a variety of life’s inevitable financial moves. However, not every checking account is created equal. Currently, three attractive promotions are […]

Posted on May 15, 2017 by Melissa