7 Myths About Big Banks

11/06/2018 | Personal Finance

Big banks dominate the financial and social landscape. Their advertising is pervasive on television and online and millions of Americans use their services every single day. But are big banks really the best place to do your banking? To help you decide, here’s a look at seven myths about big banks.   1. Myth: Big […]

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What You Need to Know About Overdraft Protection

10/30/2018 | Personal Finance

If you make a payment that exceeds the balance in your checking account, that is an overdraft. Depending on your arrangements with the bank, you may be have a fee imposed, or the draft may be rejected by the bank. Overdraft protection is designed to protect you from these issues. Here’s a look at the […]

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Community Banks Versus Big Banks

10/23/2018 | Personal Finance

Some people think community banks are just a smaller version of big banks, but that’s generally not the case. These entities don’t just differ in size. They differ significantly in their priorities, how they treat their customers, and their commitment to customer service. To help you get a sense of the differences between big banks […]

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Do You Really Need a Large ATM Network?

10/16/2018 | Personal Finance

ATM surcharges add up over time. To avoid this expense, many consumers think they need to choose a bank account connected to a large ATM network, and typically, that means choosing a big bank with ATMs all over the country. However, it may not be necessary. You can avoid these surcharges without a large ATM […]

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Are Free Checking Accounts the Best Checking Accounts?

10/09/2018 | Personal Finance

People are naturally drawn to the word “free”, and when it comes to checking accounts, free accounts do offer a lot of advantages. However, are they really the best checking accounts? The answer depends on your situation and your bank’s definition of a free checking account. What Is a Free Checking Account? A free checking […]

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Cheers to Safe Online Shopping

12/07/2017 | Fraud Education, Personal Finance

Source: StaySafeOnline.org

While the increased availability of online shopping is convenient, it also makes it more lucrative for scammers to trick buyers into paying for goods they won’t receive or obtain their personal information for financial gain. So, what can you do about it?

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The Fun Ratio

05/18/2017 | Personal Finance

It’s hard enough to get your kids to brush their teeth, put away their clothes and do their homework, what’s the rush on getting them to learn about money?

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Home Equity Line of Credit vs. Home Equity Loan

03/10/2017 | Personal Finance

There are many options for borrowing money for various purposes.  Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit are good options for homeowners who, generally, have at least 20% in equity. While both loans and lines of credit use your home’s equity, they structured very differently and each have their own benefits.   First things, first: […]

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