USAA Auto Circle and Home Circle

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USAA recently flew me and several other military bloggers down to their headquarters in San Antonio to get a sneak peak at two of their new iPhone applications, the USAA Auto Circle and USAA Home Circle. These new iPhone apps are great tools, but before I get into the details, I want to thank USAA […]

How Do Banks Make Money by Offering High Interest Rates?

Have you ever wondered how banks can offer higher than average interest rates on savings or checking accounts? Banks are in the business of making money, even if that means taking a loss sometimes. While that might sound counter-intuitive, it often works out well in the long run. Take a look SmartyPig and PerkStreet Financial, […]

How Banks Make Money

Have you ever wondered how banks make money? Banks are in the business of making money, that much isn’t a secret. But how do they do it? And how can some banks offer much higher interest rates on savings and checking accounts than their competitors, or on the flip side, offer much lower interest rates […]

Sallie Mae Bank Online Savings Account Review

Sallie Mae Online Savings Account Rates

When you mention the term Sallie Mae, the first thing that comes to mind is probably student loans. While student loans are a large part of their business model, they also have a solid online savings account worth considering as a primary option, especially if you are saving money for college. That may sound ironic […]

SmartyPig Review – SmartyPig is Smart Banking

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SmartyPig is one of the most unique online banks, and I mean that in a good way. What is SmartyPig? In a nutshell, it is an online bank with best in class interest rates that helps you reach your savings goals. You choose the savings goal and time line, and Smarty Pig will help you […]

How New Overdraft Rules will Affect You

July 1, 2010 marked the beginning of new overdraft rules for financial institutions. Starting on July 1, you will have to opt in for overdraft “protection” when you open a new account. For existing accounts, the new rules don’t take effect until August 15, 2010. The fact that you will have to consciously enroll in […]

PerkStreet Financial Review – Debit Rewards Card

Update: PerkStreet Financial is no longer accepting new customers. Here is a list of the best free online checking accounts. PerkStreet FinancialSM offers what is quite possibly the best nationally available rewards debit card program. The current offer is up to 2% cash back program on all purchases at select retailers, 1% cash back on […]