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Ally Bank Review: One of the Largest and Most Well-Known Online Banks

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Although Ally began as an insurance agency, they are now one of the largest and most well-known online banks. Since 2006, Ally has received hundreds of awards from various companies for their banking and insurance operations. Here is a look into … Continued

Evolve Federal Credit Union Rewards Checking Account Review: 5.00% APY Up To $10,000

by John Catral @ Bank Checking Savings

Available for residents of Texas, Evolve Federal Credit Union is currently offering a generous 5.00% APY when you sign up and open a new ePriority Checking account. If you are currently interested, the bank is offering you the attractive APY rate on a balance up to $10,000. Not only are you able to bank with ease with... Keep Reading↠

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How to Balance a Checkbook in 2018

by Jeff Gitlen @ LendEDU

After we entered the digital age of banking, many people felt comfortable giving up check registers and balancing checkbooks because they can monitor their checking account online. However, being able to balance a checkbook is still a useful skill to have in personal finance. If you are living paycheck to paycheck, then you might benefit […]

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What You Need to Open a Bank Account

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What do you need to open a bank account? Whether you are opening your first bank account, or you are creating a new account in addition to other bank accounts you own, there is some basic information that is required … Continued

Accelerated Death Benefit Rider

by Ryan Guina @ Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career

This article was originally published on Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career at Accelerated Death Benefit Rider.

Having life insurance means that those you love and care about may not have to suffer financial hardship at an already difficult time in their lives. That is because the proceeds from a life insurance policy can be used for a wide variety of different needs, such as the payoff of debt, the continuation of ... Read More about Accelerated Death Benefit Rider

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Filing a Complaint About a Bank: When and How?

by banksadmin @ Banks.org

Most adults feel comfortable complaining when they feel that their needs have not been appropriately met. If their steaks have not been cooked properly, they will send them back to the kitchen. If their new set of clothes shrinks in the wash, they will return … Continued

Is Online Banking Safe? How to Boost Your Banking Security

by Margarette Burnette @ NerdWallet

When you bank online, you trust that your account is safe from hackers. Even so, online accounts can seem to consumers like easy targets: Instead of robbing a bank, a…

Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Review: 50,000 Bonus Miles + $100 Statement Credit

by Anthony Nguyen @ Bank Checking Savings

When you sign up for a United MileagePlus® Explorer Card you can earn yourself a attractive 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account activation. Also, you can earn $100 statement credit after you make your first purchase. In addition to that, get priority boarding and 2 redeemable United Club passes each year, so I... Keep Reading↠

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Best of Banking Promotions for February 2018

Best of Banking Promotions for February 2018


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Banks are vying for your business with many financial institutions experiencing a decrease in profits. Banking promotions and bonuses are available from a wide

Online Money Market Accounts

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As the financial industry moves into the internet age, more and more options are becoming available for consumers. In the old days, banking required you to go to branch and speak with a teller or a manager to get anything … Continued

Ally Bank Online Savings Account: Earn 1.45% APY Rate [Nationwide]

by Danny Nguyen @ Bank Deal Guy

Available nationwide, Ally Bank is offering you a 1.45% APY on your funds for opening a new Ally Bank Online Savings Account. Below is all the information you need to earn 1.45% APY Rate on your funds when you open an Ally Bank Online Savings Account. Ally Bank Online Savings Account Summary Here is your opportunity to earn a an interest... Read More →

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Do’s and Don’ts When Using Shopping Apps

by Lauren Schwahn @ NerdWallet

Retailers such as Target and Amazon are embracing mobile applications to help consumers save money and time with features like digital wallets and augmented reality. When used strategically, apps can…

How Employment Affects Qualifying for a Mortgage

by banksadmin @ Banks.org

Perhaps you’ve read articles and books on how to qualify for a mortgage. Information buried in these pages might include tips on how to raise your credit score, how to save for a down payment, and tips on how to … Continued

USAA Online Bank Review

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Online banking can some times be tricky to navigate but banks like USAA, make it easy. It is a one stop bank for all needs such as banking, insurance, and loans.   The Upsides: USAA offers more than just a debt … Continued

FDIC Insurance: Protection Against Bank Failure

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With financial market uncertainty, it is comforting to know that there is a base level of protection for bank accounts held at financial institutions that are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). FDIC insurance, which offers coverage for bank … Continued

Simple.com Bank Review

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Online banks are becoming more and more popular for a number of reasons. As we move closer to a cashless society in 2017, physical locations and taking out cash is becoming less and less important to consumers. Individuals can perform … Continued

What is a Cash Out Refinance Plan?

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A cash out refinance plan is a refinancing plan where you can refinance your home for an amount that is greater than the balance that you still owe on your existing mortgage. With your refinance loan you would pay off … Continued

Special Offer for Opening a New Merrill Edge Account

Special Offer for Opening a New Merrill Edge Account


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Get up to $600 when you enroll in the offer and open and fund a new Merrill Edge investment account.

PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Card: 2% Cash Back With Military Service or Checking Account

by Jonathan Ping @ My Money Blog

Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed), the 3rd largest US credit union by assets, launched the PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Card in 2017. This credit card offers up to 2% flat cash back with no earning caps and no annual fee. Here are the highlights: Sign-up bonus: $100 statement credit when you spend $1,500 in […]

Best Bank Bonuses in Florida

by Anthony Nguyen @ Bank Checking Savings

Editor’s Note: If this is not your state, you can click on the state(s) above to see the Best Bank Bonuses being offered in your selected state(s). As the Floridians say,”Visit Florida” for some of the Best Bank Bonuses in Florida! Before you head out to Walt Disney World, grab some awesome bank deals for some extra spending... Keep Reading↠

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Looking for Credit Union Student Loans? Here’s How to Find and Apply for Them

by Christy Rakoczy @ Student Loan Hero

Do you need private student loans to cover the cost of your education? Though many prospective borrowers head straight to a big bank or online lender for a student loan, these aren’t your only options. Consider student loans from credit unions, too. Like banks and online lenders, credit unions are financial institutions that lend money. […]

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5 Insider Tips to Making $15,000 Off Your Side Hustle

by Jordi Lippe-McGraw @ Student Loan Hero

Taking on a side hustle is a great way to make some extra money. For attorney and creator of personal finance blog Financial Panther, Kevin Han, these extra gigs helped him pay off his $87,000 worth of student debt in just two and a half years. Even though he had a well-paying full-time job as […]

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Compare Online Savings Accounts

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A savings account is essential to any successful budget and will help you afford larger purchases in the future. Choosing the perfect savings account is critical, and will depend on a number of factors that include your monthly budget and … Continued

Best Checking Account Offers for February 2018

by Mitch Strohm @ Checking Accounts – CD Rates | Certificate of Deposit Rates

If you're in the market for a new checking account, it pays to do some shopping around. This month, you'll find a number of checking account offers that pay a bonus of $300.

New Bank Deals, Bonuses, & Promotions February 2018: Checking & Savings Accounts

New Bank Deals, Bonuses, & Promotions February 2018: Checking & Savings Accounts


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Best bank deals, promotions and sign-up bonus offers. Bank deals, offers for Checking, Savings account promotions. Best Business account offers.

Tips for Keeping Your Finances on Track when You Need to Go Back to School

by Vanessa @ Cash Cow Couple

When you put together a list of your financial goals for the future, you often realize that to get to where you want to go, you need to head back to school. Having the right education for your dream job is often a key part of becoming financially stable, yet unfortunately going back to school …

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Infographic: Asset Type Breakdown by Net Worth

by Jonathan Ping @ My Money Blog

There are many things that can make up your net worth: cash savings, primary residence, car, IRA, taxable bonds, or private business interest. Visual Capitalist has a infographic called What Assets Make Up Wealth? that shows how this mix changes with net worth. The data is taken from the 2016 Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer […]

Discover Bank Review: Checking, Savings, and CDs | Cash Cow Couple

Discover Bank Review: Checking, Savings, and CDs | Cash Cow Couple


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Vanessa and I have been Discover Bank customers for almost six years. We maintain bank accounts and credit cards with Discover because the company continues to emphasize quality customer service while offering competitive products. In addition to 24/7 customer support (based entirely in the U.S.A), Discover Bank offers competitive interest rates and generous rewards through a … Discover Bank Review: Checking, Savings, and CDsRead More »

Hawaii Hilton Grand Vacations Package (Discount for Attending Timeshare Presentation)

by Jonathan Ping @ My Money Blog

If you’re somewhere cold and dreaming of sunny Hawaiian beaches, I just got this e-mail from Hilton Grand Vacations for a discounted Hawaii vacation package if you attend their timeshare presentation. I appears to be open to all. Offer expires 2/28/18. 5 nights at a Hilton property in Honolulu (Oahu) or Waikoloa (Big Island) for […]

Latest food & drink deals inc Pizza Day discount | Uber Eats/Amazon Restaurant codes

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

The best deals right now for some free or cheap food and drink! From lunch discounts and vouchers to free samples and restaurant deals, read on for the best food and drink deals you currently available. Here are a few quick links to help you navigate. Restaurant deals, including Tastecard offers and Pizza Day discount  […]

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First Tech Federal Credit Union Review

by Jeff Rose @ Good Financial Cents

There are plenty of different banks and credit unions for you to use all across the country. Each of them has different products, perks, and disadvantages you'll need to consider when you're shopping around for the perfect bank. What separates one from another? Today we're going to look at First Tech Federal Credit Union. We'll... Continue Reading-->

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Life Insurance Living Benefits Rider

by Ryan Guina @ Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career

This article was originally published on Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career at Life Insurance Living Benefits Rider.

Having life insurance in place can allow you the peace of mind in knowing that those who love and care about will not have to face financial hardship in the case of the unexpected. That is because, in addition to providing funds for replacement of income, the cash that life insurance offers can also be ... Read More about Life Insurance Living Benefits Rider

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Bank accounts: �200 switch bonus or 5% interest current account

Bank accounts: �200 switch bonus or 5% interest current account


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Martin Lewis reveals how to compare and switch to the best bank accounts that can save you �100s a year.

Best Bank Account Bonuses and Offers February 2018 - NerdWallet

Best Bank Account Bonuses and Offers February 2018 - NerdWallet


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Excellent cash bonuses are available if you open checking or savings accounts with some banks. Here are the best offers this month: Checking account offers and savings promotions Top picks…

America’s Banks Made Over $11 Billion from Overdraft and NSF fees in 2015

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How did America’s largest banks, including JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), and Citigroup (NYSE:C) make over $11 billion from overdraft and NSF fees in 2015? For the first time, the Consumer Financial Bureau has made it easy to understand by … Continued

Chase Banking Bonuses - Earn $250 for Signing Up!

Chase Banking Bonuses - Earn $250 for Signing Up!


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Advertising Disclosure While most people are well aware you can earn cash back with a rewards credit cards, few know banks offer yet another way to earn free cash. With bank bonuses, you can earn a

Chase Bank Business Savings Account $200 Cash Promotion

by MM Team @ Banking Bonuses – Maximizing Money

Get a $200 bonus when you open a Chase Business Savings Account in-branch and deposit a minimum of $15,000 for at least 90 days. [Read More] Chase Bank Business Savings Account $200 Cash Promotion

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Navy Federal Credit Union $25 New Membership Promotion

by MM Team @ Banking Bonuses – Maximizing Money

Navy Federal Credit Union is offering a $25 new membership promotion for simply starting a new membership and opening a new membership savings account with a $5 minimum balance. [Read More] Navy Federal Credit Union $25 New Membership Promotion

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Northern Paper Mills CU $100 Checking Account Cash Bonus – Wisconsin

by MM Team @ Banking Bonuses – Maximizing Money

If you live or work in Brown County, Wisconsin, or work for Georgia Pacific Corporation in Green Bay, Wisconsin, you can earn a $100 bonus for opening a new personal checking account with Northern Paper Mills Credit Union. [Read More] Northern Paper Mills CU $100 Checking Account Cash Bonus – Wisconsin

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Best of Banking Promotions for February 2018

by CashBonusMoney @ Cash Bonus Money

Banks are vying for your business with many financial institutions experiencing a decrease in profits. Banking promotions and bonuses are available from a wide variety of local banks and national banks. So instead of just offering perks just as no fees, free checking, or free check card when you sign up for an account, banking promotions […]

WalletHub Credit Monitoring Review – The Only Daily Updated Credit Score Site !

by The Fastest Growing Personal Finance Blog in 2017 @ Elite Personal Finance – Credit Report , Loans , Identity Theft , Credit Cards : Advanced Guides ; Best Reviews in 2018

Over the years, WalletHub has offered a number of very useful resources in the field of personal finance to the customers in the United States. They have established admirable authority in this field and continue to build it by offering legitimate, relevant and helpful information to many people across the country. In this article, we ...

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The best bank switching, cashback and interest offers

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

One of the quickest ways to make some extra cash is to take advantage of the very competitive current account market and get a switching bonus, cashback or high interest on your savings. If you’ve been with the same bank since your first job or University, you’re probably missing out. Since seven-day switching was introduced in […]

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Bank Holiday Schedule for 2017 and 2018

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Few things are more frustrating than wanting to deposit a check, make a withdrawal or make a same-day online bill payment and then finding out that the bank is closed for a holiday. The Federal Reserve bank observes 10 holidays … Continued

Milwaukee Deal: $200 Checking Bonus

by Susan Ladika @ Checking Accounts – CD Rates | Certificate of Deposit Rates

First Federal Bank is making it pretty easy for anyone who opens any of its four types of checking accounts to collect this checking bonus.

Better than a toaster: Cash to open a bank account

Better than a toaster: Cash to open a bank account


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You won’t likely be awarded with a toaster these days when you open a checking account, but a...

ATM Fees and the Supreme Court

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The ongoing battle between independent ATM operators and the major credit card companies continues as the Supreme Court has agreed to hear in their next term, an appeal made by MasterCard Inc., VISA Inc. and several other leading banks.  The … Continued

Iron Condor: How It Works

by feedback@creditdonkey.com (Kim Pinnelli) @ CreditDonkey

What if you could limit your losses while predicting your profits? It sounds too good to be true. It's possible with the iron condor, though.

This trade isn’t for beginners. You’ll want to get the hang of buying puts and calls first. You should also get a little experience writing puts and calls as well. Once you understand both sides, you can try your luck at the iron condor. This trade gives you protection on both sides of the equation.

What Is an Iron Condor?

The iron condor is a trade for the experienced trader who wants limited risk. You do best with the trade when the underlying stock has low volatility.

The iron condor has 4-legs:

  • Buy a put
  • Write a put
  • Buy a call
  • Write a call

Each option has the same expiration for this trade.

How you structure the strike prices determines your profit/loss.

You’ll buy an out-of-the money call with a higher strike price than the out-of-the-money call you sell. You’ll also buy an out-of-the-money put with a lower strike price than the out-of-the-money put you sell. The combination of trades leaves you with a net credit or profit.

Here’s how it works:

Let’s say XYZ stock currently trades for $40 and you want to trade an iron condor. You’d do the following:

  • Sell a call with a strike price of $45 ($1.00 premium)
  • Buy a call with a strike price of $50 ($0.50 premium)
  • Sell a put with a strike price of $35 ($1.00 premium)
  • Buy a put with a strike price of $30 ($0.50 premium)

You’d spend $100 on the call and put. Each option is worth 100 shares. The premium is $0.50 per share x 100 shares = $50. You buy a put and a call option, costing you $100.

You’d make $200 on the call and put you wrote. The premium is $1.00 per share x 100 shares = $100. You wrote a call and a put, making you $200.

Your net premium made is then $100 ($200 - $100).

Maximum Profit Potential

The maximum profit you make on an iron condor is the net premium made. In the above example, this means $100. If the market price of the underlying stock lands between $35 and $45, all options expire worthless. You walk away with the net premium.

If the stock’s price lands outside of the narrow $35-$45 range, you’ll experience a loss. But your net premium helps to offset the loss.

Maximum Loss Risked

Although you cap your profit with this trade, you also cap your losses. Your maximum loss occurs when the stock’s market price is outside of the outer legs of the iron condor. In our example, the outer legs are $30 and $50.

You can figure your max loss with the following equation:

Max loss = Strike price of the long call – Strike price of the short call – Net premium received

Using our above example, your max loss = $50 - $45 - $1 = $4, or $400.

Here’s an example:

The market price of XYZ stock ends at $30 at expiration. All options would expire worthless except the $35 written put. The buyer of the put would exercise the right to sell to you at $35. You’d have to pay $3,500. If you turned around and sold the stock in the open market, you’d get $30/share, or $3,000. This is a loss of $500. But you have a net premium of $100; this offsets the loss, making it $400.

Even if the stock dipped below the outer leg of the iron condor, you’d still cap your loss at $400. Let’s say the price fell to $28. The two left-sided options would be exercised. You’d exercise your bought put. This allows you to sell your stock for $30 per share. You’d buy 100 shares for $28 and sell them for $30. That gives you a $200 profit.

Your buyer would also exercise their put, forcing you to buy their shares at $35/share. You’d then sell them on the open market for $28. You’d suffer a loss of $700.

This loss is offset by your $200 profit on the bought put and the $100 net credit received. You walk away with a maximum $400 loss.

The same scenario occurs on the right side options of the condor. If the price exceeds the long call’s strike price of $50, your maximum loss is still $400.

Figuring Out Your Break-Even Point

It’s always important to determine your break-even point before entering a trade. In this case, there are two break-even points:

  • Upper break-even point = Strike price of the short call + Net premium paid
  • Lower break-even point = Strike price of the short put – Net premium paid

Using our above example, it would look like this:

  • Upper break-even point = $45 + $1 = $46

If the stock landed at $46 at expiration, the only option that would be exercised is the short call. The buyer of the call would want to buy the stock from you for the strike price of $45. You would have to buy the stock in the open market for $46. This is a loss of $100. But that loss is offset by the $100 net premium received. You walk away without a gain or a loss.

Your lower break-even point looks like this:

  • Lower break-even point = $35 - $1 = $34

If the stock landed at $34 at expiration, the only option that gets exercised is the short put. This option has a strike price of $35. You’d have to buy the stock at the strike price of $35. You could then sell it in the open market for $34. That’s a loss of $100, but again, you offset the loss with the net premium received of $100.

The Bottom Line

The iron condor is a good neutral strategy. You don’t think the stock will move wildly one way or the other. You limit your profits while maximizing your losses. It’s a way to make a little bit of quick money while trading options. You don’t have a large capital outlay and you don’t put your entire portfolio at risk.

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Places Where Americans Live the Most Balanced Lifestyles

by Kali McFadden @ MagnifyMoney

As Americans, we’re often focused on status markers, like the amount of money we make, but research indicates that time we spend with people we care about, good health and income equality are some of biggest factors that lead to happiness. It’s not just how much we earn, it’s what we have to do to … Continue reading Places Where Americans Live the Most Balanced Lifestyles

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After Holidays Saving Money Plan

by The Fastest Growing Personal Finance Blog in 2017 @ Elite Personal Finance – Credit Report , Loans , Identity Theft , Credit Cards : Advanced Guides ; Best Reviews in 2018

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! And we wish you to recover from holidays too, for they can be rather difficult to process both to your tummy and your wallet. Indeed, if you had stood on your weight scale before and after holidays (and we are sure some of you ...

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Are you oversharing on social media?

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

It’s easy to reveal more about yourself online than you realise – and that could help scammers and hackers. This week a couple of blogging friends shared one of those little games that are so popular on Facebook. This one used your answers to tell you “Who you are”. The month you were born decided […]

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Pros and Cons of Online Checking Accounts

by banksadmin @ Banks.org

The internet has changed the way we operate as a culture on many levels, specifically the way we communicate and interact with others.  Community is now a global term, and while we may be able to transfer information more easily, … Continued

Best Personal Checking Account Promotions in 2017 - The Simple Dollar

Best Personal Checking Account Promotions in 2017 - The Simple Dollar


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If you need a new checking account, banks from coast to coast are offering attractive promotional bonuses to lure your business. A bank checking account bo

A Checkless Checking Account Could Save You Money, Simplify Your Life

by Susan Ladika @ Checking Accounts – CD Rates | Certificate of Deposit Rates

If you're one of those people who never carries a checkbook and hates writing checks, a checkless checking account could help you cut down on paper and fees.

Making Savings a “Dream”: A Review of Barclays Online Bank

by banksadmin @ Banks.org

Barclays Bank has its roots in 17th century London and its legacy includes financing the world’s first industrial steam railway and introducing the world’s first automated teller machine. While Barclays is still headquartered in London, it has operations in more than … Continued

$5 per referral from Ebates

by CashBonusMoney @ Cash Bonus Money

If you do great deal of online shopping, you should consider Ebates to get some cash back bonus. This is a great offer from Ebates! If you have never used Ebates – here is an opportunity to earn cash bonus money. They are currently offering a extra bonus to current members if you refer a friend […]

Five Star Bank Checking Account Bonus: $250 Promotion (New York Only) *In-Branch*

by Howard Young @ Bank Checking Savings

Are you interested in making free money? Five Star Bank is currently offering qualified residents of New York a $250 bonus when you apply and qualify for a new Premier Checking Account by April 30, 2018. To get started, you must open a new account in-branch. For those who are not familiar with the current promotion, you... Keep Reading↠

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Chase Freedom Credit Card $150 Bonus + 5% Quarterly Cash Back + No Annual Fee

by Anthony Nguyen @ Bank Deal Guy

Compare this card with other cash back cards here. With the Chase Freedom® Card, you can earn a $150 bonus after you spend $500 on purchases during your first 3 months of opening an account! Additionally, you can enjoy a 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in bonus categories each quarter you activate and unlimited... Read More →

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Bank Of The West Review: $150 Checking Account Bonus

by Tony Phan @ MoneysMyLife

Get the latest Bank of the West bonuses and promotions here. There are branches in the following states: AZ, CA, CO, IA, ID, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI, WY. Typical promotions for Checking accounts have been for $150, $200 and $300. They also oftentimes have promotions for their investment services […]

The Best Bank Sign-Up Bonuses and Perks

The Best Bank Sign-Up Bonuses and Perks


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Let’s say your bank sucks, treats you poorly, and you’re ready to break up with them. While you’re on the hunt for a new, better place to store your money, remember this: some banks will pay you to switch.

How to Make Thousands of Dollars From Bank Bonuses

How to Make Thousands of Dollars From Bank Bonuses


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If you're looking for a great way to earn some extra cash, we've put together this guide on how to make thousands of dollars per year from bank bonuses.

SunTrust Bank Holidays for 2017 and 2018

by banksadmin @ Banks.org

Wondering if your local SunTrust bank is open for a specific holiday? Check out the list of 2017 and 2018 dates below that all SunTrust branches are closed on. If a holiday is not listed below, such as Christmas Eve, New Year’s … Continued

Marcus by Goldman Sachs Review: GS Bank Takes on Online Savings, CDs, and Personal Loans

by Lindsay VanSomeren @ MagnifyMoney

Most Americans probably think of fancy white-collar stock traders on Wall Street when they think of Goldman Sachs, a global investment firm that’s been around since the late 19th century. In recent years, Goldman made a major pivot, launching a new arm of the company called GS Bank, which would provide internet-only savings accounts to … Continue reading Marcus by Goldman Sachs Review: GS Bank Takes on Online Savings, CDs, and Personal Loans

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Up to $500 for Opening Chase Checking and Savings Accounts

Up to $500 for Opening Chase Checking and Savings Accounts


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For a limited time, Chase is giving up to $500 in bonuses when you open new checking and savings accounts.

Bank Deals, Bonuses, Promotions, & Offers - February 2018

Bank Deals, Bonuses, Promotions, & Offers - February 2018


Bank Checking Savings

Here are the best national bank deals, bonuses, promotions, and offers. You'll find the best banking perks with no fees, free checking, big cash offers. You'll find the best national bank promotions from both big and small banks both checking and savings accounts such as Chase Bank, Citibank, Bank of America, PNC Bank, Santander Bank, HSBC, Capital One, U.S Bank, Wells Fargo, and many more.

Top 5 States Where Income is Growing Fastest

by banksadmin @ Banks.org

The US census data is out and the information on the fastest and slowest growing states has finally arrived.  This gives state governments a chance to compare records and mark their progress.  Continue reading below to find out which 5 … Continued

Huntington Bank Coupons: $150, $200, $300, $500, & $750 Deals, Offers, & Promotions

by Danny Nguyen @ Bank Deal Guy

Huntington Bank Coupons, Coupon Codes, Promo Codes, Bonuses, Deals, Offers, and Promotions for their Checking, Savings and Business accounts can all be found here. Huntington Bank Coupon & Bonus Promotions are constantly updated throughout the year, so bookmark this page or check back on our Huntington Bank Deals, Offers, Bonuses, and Promotions master post for updates. Check out... Read More →

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Estate Planning with Life Insurance

by Ryan Guina @ Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career

This article was originally published on Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career at Estate Planning with Life Insurance.

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Metromile Insurance Review: Is It Legit?

by feedback@creditdonkey.com (Kim P) @ CreditDonkey

Low-mileage drivers have a pay-as-you-go insurance option with Metromile. Available in 7 states, your premium is based on miles driven plus a base rate.

Metromile puts traditional car insurance to the test for low-mileage drivers. The company recognizes that low-mileage drivers overpay for car insurance. Their solution is a usage-based insurance. They quote drivers a base rate that they determine based on their driving record, type of car driven, and age of the car. This is similar to how other car insurance companies calculate your rate.

The base rate is the only fixed rate. You then pay a premium based on the miles driven. Metromile tracks the miles with their Pulse device, which you place in your car. Each month, Metromile reads the device and bills you for the miles driven.

Who Is Metromile Best For?

  • Occasional drivers: Driving fewer than 10,000 miles per year can provide substantial savings on this pay-as-you-go insurance. If you drive more than 10,000 miles, though, the per mile rate can add up.

  • Tech savvy drivers: Keeping track of your miles driven, gas mileage, or time spent driving is easy with this program. If you keep the GPS activated on the device, you can track your car (ever lost a parked car?) and even get alerts when something is wrong with your vehicle.

  • Drivers who can handle varying insurance bills: Your insurance bill will likely fluctuate from month to month. This means you have to be adaptable. If varying bills drive you crazy or if you are bad at budgeting, it could be hard to keep up with the constantly changing bills.

Why We Like Metromile

  • Rates not based on driving habits: Your rates are not based on how fast you drive or how hard you brake. You know your base rate and your per mile rate upfront. You can even keep track of your miles driven on the app, so you always know where you stand. You can minimize the unpleasant surprises monthly bills sometimes contain.

  • No penalty for occasionally driving more than 250 miles in a day: Driving more than 250 miles in a day won't result in any penalties or large bills. This benefits you if you hit that many miles sporadically, but if it's a regular habit, though, this might not be the right insurance for you.

  • Tech-savvy applications: Savings isn't the only thing Metromile offers. With the Pulse device, drivers can see their speed on trips, how much gas for the trip cost, and even where they parked their car.

  • Get alerts regarding your car's check engine light: The Metromile app helps you decode your check engine light. It also helps you find a mechanic to fix the problem.

  • Full coverage available: You can get as much coverage as you want or as little as your state requires. Metromile offers bodily injury, property damage, uninsured/underinsured motorist, personal injury protection, comprehensive, and collision coverage.

  • Roadside assistance available: If you are stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire or broken down car, Metromile offers roadside assistance, such as towing, flat tire help, and lockout assistance. Each policy differs - you must inquire about the services that may pertain to you.

  • Pet protection available: Driving with pets can put them at risk for injury if you are in accident. You can add pet protection onto your insurance, giving you up to $1,000 coverage if your pet suffers injuries in the accident.

  • Privacy control: If privacy is a concern for you, it's possible to turn the GPS locator off the Pulse device. It won't provide you with any of the perks above, such as finding your parked car, but it will still give you the mileage tracker that helps you save on your car insurance.

Why You Might Look Elsewhere

  • Claims take a while to process: If there's one common theme about Metromile complaints, it's the speed at which they handle claims. You submit your claim online. Then you are at the mercy of the adjustor or customer service agent to call you when they get to your claim. This could mean waiting days or even weeks for a call back.

  • You drive more than 10,000 miles per year: You don't get to take advantage of the low mileage discount if you drive more than 10,000 miles per year. It might even cost you more to use Metromile if you are not well under the 10,000-mile average.

  • You are on a fixed income budget: Unless you drive the same number of miles every single month, which is unlikely, you'll have varying insurance bills. If you prefer fixed bills that you can predict each month, the pay-for-what-you-drive plan may not be a good fit.

Customer Service

Being just a few years old, Metromile is still trying to figure out the perfect way to handle customer service.

They do offer 24/7 claims service. But this basically means you can file your claim 24/7. You may not hear back from an agent for a while. When they do help you, though, Metromile provides you with a dedicated claims professional who will help you through the claim process. They also help you find repair shops near you to speed up the process.

Recently, Metromile introduced automated claims processing. Not only can you file your claim online, but you can also upload the data from your Pulse device to help process the claim. Metromile states that some claims can even be handled automatically, getting you payment right away. We tend to think this is reserved for very minor claims, but it's a nice feature nonetheless.

Customer Service Phone Number: 1-888-242-5204

Dashboard

Drivers can access information about their driving habits, including miles driven, the cost of routes taken, and gas mileage online. All you need is your ID and password to gain access to this information. Basically, the dashboard provides you with ways to save money. It does not, however, give you any feedback on your driving habits. If money is your main concern, the dashboard serves its purpose. If you want to lower your insurance rates based on your driving habits, you'll need to look elsewhere.

App

The Metromile app does many of the same things as the dashboard. The difference is you have access to the information on-the-go. The app takes things a step further though. It will tell you:

  • Your car's health status
  • Decode any check engine light warnings
  • Send alerts when street sweepers are cleaning the street you are parked on (certain cities only)

How It Compares

Low-cost insurance is something many drivers want. Perhaps Metromile's largest competitor in that arena is Geico. Known for its rock-bottom prices for standard insurance, Geico is a fierce competitor. It's not a pay-as-you-go policy, though. You pay the same premium every month based on your individual factors. But those rates are among the lowest in the industry.

Unlike Metromile, Geico offers discounts for various things aside from the multi-vehicle discount, such as:

  • Safety features on your vehicle
  • Good driving habits
  • Defensive driving classes
  • Customer loyalty

Geico is also available in all 50 states, whereas Metromile is still only available in 7 states. Metromile does have a "waiting list" on their website that you can sign up for. You will then be alerted when the insurance is available in your area.

Geico has been around for 80 years and Metromile is still in its infancy, barely hitting 5 years on the market.

If saving money is your main concern, Geico takes the cake for high-mileage drivers and Metromile has a slight edge for low-mileage drivers, assuming you aren't eligible for many other discounts.

Bottom Line

In our opinion, if you don't drive often, Metromile may save you money every month. City dwellers who drive only a few miles at a time see the greatest results. Metromile makes it very convenient to use their insurance and service with one simple device to plug into your car.

We suggest determining how many miles you drive on average per year and compare your cost with standard insurance policies. If you are close to the 10,000-mile threshold, you may want to consider other options. If you are on the other spectrum, though, paying only for what you use could come in handy.

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Chase Bank Bonus Coupon Codes – $150, $200, $350, $500 – New $500 Combo Link Available

by MM Team @ Banking Bonuses – Maximizing Money

Check out these Chase Bank bonus coupon codes to earn a $150, $200, $350, or even $500 cash reward when you open a new Chase checking account or savings account including business accounts, plus there is a new $500 Chase combo link available through March 3, 2018. [Read More] Chase Bank Bonus Coupon Codes – $150, $200, $350, $500 – New $500 Combo Link Available

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Best Interest Rates on Cash – February 2018

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by 1stadmin @ 1st Constitution Bank

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British Airways Visa Signature Card 75,000 Avios Bonus + 3 Avios for Every $1 Spent on British Airways Purchases

by Anthony Nguyen @ Bank Deal Guy

Compare this card with other travel related cards here. The British Airways Visa Signature® Card is offering a chance to earn up to 75,000 bonus Avios. Earn 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. Plus, earn an additional 25,000 bonus Avios after you spend $10,000 on purchases within your first year of account... Read More →

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Chase United TravelBank Card $150 Bonus + No Foreign Transaction Fee + No Annual Fee

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Chase Savings Coupon Code

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There are a variety of strategies that can be used to save money while shopping, but the easiest is getting paid cash back to shop online. When you need to make a purchase, you can either visit your local retail store or shop online. There is nothing at all wrong with choosing to shop in-store, but …

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Chase Coupon Promo Codes: $200, $300, $350, $500 (Feb 2018)

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Which Southwest Credit Card is Right for You?

by feedback@creditdonkey.com (Anna G) @ CreditDonkey

Fly Southwest? You may want to consider a Southwest credit card from Chase. But which one is right for you? We break it down.

Southwest offers a couple of the best airline cards for domestic travelers.

If you fly Southwest at least a couple of times a year, consider one of the two co-branded credit cards offered by Chase: Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus and Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier.

Both cards offer a high sign-up bonus and good reward potential. The Plus has a lower annual fee but is not ideal for international travel. The Premier is the more upscale version with slightly better rewards.

Which makes more sense?

We'll do a full run-down comparing the two cards, so you can make your own choice.

Overview: Southwest Plus and Southwest Premier

Before we start comparing, let's go over how the two cards work in a nutshell. Both cards give you the same sign-up bonus and reward points. There are a couple of major differences:

  • The Southwest Plus card has a $69 annual fee. You get 3,000 bonus points each anniversary year. There is a foreign transaction fee.

  • The Southwest Premier card has a $99 annual fee. You get 6,000 bonus points each anniversary year and earn points toward elite tiers. There is no foreign transaction fee.

Now, with these major differences in mind, let's go over why you may prefer one over the other.

Note: Chase has a 5/24 rule, which means that if you've opened 5 credit card accounts in the past 24 months (from any bank), you will not be approved for a new card. The Southwest cards fall under this rule.

Why Either Card Is a Good Choice

Both cards are designed to earn Rapid Reward points, which can then be redeemed for Southwest award flights (more detail in the next section). With both Southwest cards, you get:

  • Sign-up bonus. You can earn 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.

  • 2x on Southwest purchases. You get 2 points per dollar spent on Southwest purchases, including participating Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases. You get 1x per dollar on all other purchases.

  • Points for balance transfers. You get 1 point for each $1 in balance transfers made within the first 90 days of account opening (up to $10,000 for the Plus, and $15,000 for the Premier). Most credit cards don't let you earn points for balance transfers.

  • Earn points toward Unlimited Companion Pass. If you earn 110,000 Rapid Reward points in one calendar year, you can name one companion to fly free with you on unlimited Southwest flights until the end of the following year. This is one of the best companion deals out there. With the sign-up bonus alone, you're more than a third of the way to the Companion Pass.

    Note: Only points earned with the Southwest credit cards qualify towards a Companion Pass. So, for example, if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred and transfer points to Southwest, they won't qualify.

  • Bags fly free. Your first and second checked bags are free.

  • No blackout dates, seat restrictions, or change fees. You can use your miles to book any seat on any flight. And if you need to change the date of a flight, there's no change fee (though you will still need to pay the fare difference).

  • Rewards never expire. Your miles never expire as long as your card account remains open.

Who the Southwest Plus Card Is Good For

If you're an occasional domestic flyer (you fly Southwest just a few times a year), then this card is probably good enough for you. Since both cards have the same sign-up bonus and reward earnings, the Plus will save you money with a smaller annual fee.

Remember, it also gives you 3,000 points every anniversary year. This doesn't fully cover the annual fee, but it makes it easier to swallow.

Why the Southwest Rapid Reward Premier Card Is Superior

If you fly Southwest more often, the Premier card may be better for you. Here are some other perks that come with the Southwest Premier:

  • Tier qualifying points (TQPs): For every $10,000 spent on the card (on eligible purchases), you earn 1,500 TQPs. You can earn up to 15,000 TQPS per year. TQPs can be used for Rapid Rewards elite status.

    • If you achieve A-List status (35,000 TPQ per year), you get: priority check in, security, and boarding; dedicated phone line; free same-day standby; and 25% earnings bonus on Southwest flights.

    • If you achieve A-List Preferred status (70,000 TPQ per year), you get the above plus: free in-flight Wi-Fi and 100% earnings bonus on Southwest flights.

  • 6,000-point anniversary bonus: You get a bonus 6,000 points every year on your account anniversary. 6,000 points could be worth a flight around $100, so this already justifies the higher $99 annual fee.

  • No foreign transaction fee: The Premier card has no foreign transaction fee for purchases made abroad.

Do you own a business? There is also a business version of the Premier card – the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card.

Both Do Have Downsides

Keep in mind some of these downsides for both cards:

  • No priority boarding. Unlike other co-branded airline cards that give you priority boarding just for owning the card, the Southwest cards don't include this perk. The only way to get this perk is to earn enough TPQs in a year to qualify for elite status.

  • High APR. Neither card has an introductory APR offer for purchases or balance transfers. The regular APR is quite high, so make sure you are able to pay off the balance each month.

  • You only get bonus points for Southwest flights, and hotel and car rental partners. Unless you fly Southwest a lot and use their hotel and car rental partners, it may be hard to rack up points. If your goal is to earn points faster, then consider whether the Chase Sapphire Preferred may be a better fit. It gives you 2x points on travel and dining purchases. Then you can transfer the points 1:1 to Southwest (but they won't qualify for the Companion Pass).

  • You can only redeem on Southwest flights. This isn't much of a problem if you take a lot of Southwest flights. But if you want more flexibility or want to travel to places Southwest doesn't go, then think about whether it's better to get a general travel rewards card that lets you use any airline.

  • The Plus card has a foreign transaction fee. The Plus card charges a foreign transaction fee on purchases made out of the country (3% of each transaction in U.S. dollars on purchases). However, the Premier card has no foreign transaction fee, so it is better if you travel internationally.

How to Use Southwest Rapid Reward Points

Both cards earn Rapid Reward Points, which you can redeem towards any Southwest flight, with no blackout dates and no seat restrictions.

Using your points is very easy. Simply sign in to your Rapid Rewards account (create it for free) to book travel, and select the option “Points.”

You will then see the flight options listed in points. You can also toggle back and forth between dollars and points to compare the points value.

Southwest has three types of fares. Wanna Get Away is the cheapest fare. It's nonrefundable, but can be cancelled for credit good up to 1 year from purchase date. Business Select and Anytime fares are fully refundable.

So what are Rapid Reward points worth?
Southwest points have pretty good value, especially for the Wanna Get Away fights. We find that, generally, each Rapid Reward point is worth between 1.6 and 2.0 cents. This means that 10,000 points could be redeemed for a flight that costs around $160 - $200.

For example, in the sample flight above from Los Angeles to Seattle in March 2018, the highlighted flight costs 4,248 points. If you were to buy it with cash, it costs $86. That means the point value of the flight is 2.02 cents.

You don't pay any taxes or surcharges for domestic flights, except for the $5.60 Security Fee in each direction.

Do You Fly Other Airlines?

Not a frequent Southwest flyer? If there's another airline you prefer instead, consider these cards:

Bottom Line

So, which Southwest card is right for you? Since both cards give the same sign-up bonus and have the same reward structure, which is better?

If you fly Southwest just a few times a year domestically, the Plus card will do the job just fine. If you travel to any of Southwest's international offerings, you'll want the Premier card as it has no foreign transaction fee. It also has a larger anniversary bonus each year, which helps justify the $99 annual fee.

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by feedback@creditdonkey.com (Kim P) @ CreditDonkey

Almost half of Americans claim to hate to cook. For many, it's due to a lack of time to put together a half decent meal. Perhaps because of this phenomenon, meal delivery services have taken over the radar.

One name you probably hear quite often is Home Chef. Founded in 2013, Home Chef delivers more than 1.5 million meals to doorsteps each month. The perfectly portioned ingredients and colorful recipe cards have wanna-be chefs trying new things.

Is it the right service for you?

What Is Home Chef?

Busy families often resort to frozen food or takeout. While it's convenient, it could be unhealthy and costly. Enter Home Chef, the answer to the desire for a home cooked meal in under 30 minutes. This home meal delivery service promises fresh ingredients delivered to your doorstep with delicious recipes even the novice can prepare.

Home Chef delivers all of the ingredients necessary to create your chosen meals. However, they don't provide common staples, such as cooking oil, salt, and pepper. You can skip meal planning, grocery shopping, and recipe hunting. Home Chef works with high-quality food suppliers and professional chefs to deliver the best ingredients and tastiest recipes.

How Home Chef Works

You can sign up for Home Chef in a few simple steps. You'll provide your email address, food preferences, shipping, and payment information. Based on your preferences, Home Chef then suggests meals for you. But you can choose from the more than 11 options each week based on your family's desires. This offers a great opportunity to try something new. Many families try meals they would otherwise never eat.

You can choose your menu on a weekly basis as long as it's by the deadline. But Home Chef also sets their menus 5 weeks in advance. If you like to plan, you can know what you'll be eating for the next month or so. Their site has a countdown to let you know how many days are left to order from a specific week's menu. Once the deadline hits, the menu is no longer available. However, you can still access their recipes for a few months.

You can also choose to add on smoothie ingredients and/or fresh fruit baskets. You choose the number of servings and the items are added to your order.

Once you choose your meals, Home Chef ships the fresh ingredients and recipe cards right to your doorstep. You get to choose the delivery date so you know when it will arrive.

Once you receive your order, you simply unbox the desired meal and follow the recipe steps. Take note: you'll find a list of "extra" items you need, such as olive oil, salt, and pepper, at the top of the card. You'll also see any special notes titled "Before You Cook." This alerts you of any steps you must take before you start cooking.

Each step in the cooking process is broken down into simple instructions and includes pictures. They even offer a "proper plating" picture so you can replicate the look of the meal as you would see it in a restaurant.

Who Benefits the Most from Home Chef?

Home Chef isn't for everyone, but many people do benefit. If you are too busy to cook anything but frozen pizzas and chicken nuggets or you are sick of takeout, it could be worth a try.

However, if you are the type who follows a strict budget or uses coupons religiously, you might find the price a little much to handle. Home Chef charges customers by the number of servings ordered. However, the smallest quantity you can order is 2 servings. Because they charge per serving, you don't get a price break with the more people you feed.

If you were to shop for the ingredients yourself, the price per serving may decrease with the more mouths you feed. You can either buy in bulk or purchase items on sale. At Home Chef, it could cost as much as $60 for one meal to feed a family of six.

But, for some, the price is worth it. Even though you might spend as much as you would on takeout, you get much higher quality food and the satisfaction of preparing it yourself.

If you have a little time to spend in the kitchen, but less time to meal plan and grocery shop, this service may work well. Keep in mind that while you receive fresh produce and meat, you still have to do a little preparing. Many recipes require you to slice vegetables, chop nuts, and season the meat. Typically, it's nothing too time consuming, but something you should keep in mind.

What Are Your Choices?

Home Chef offers a large variety of options even for those on a strict diet. When you sign up, you can specify any allergies or preferences you have.

After entering your email address, Home Chef asks you a variety of questions:

  • How many meals would you like sent to you each week? (Choose 2-6)
  • How many people will you cook for? (2, 4, or 6)
  • Do you prefer meat, seafood, vegetables? You can choose one, two, or all three options.
  • Do you need a low-calorie or low-carb meal plan?

You can then choose to omit any of the following:

  • Pork
  • Soy
  • Red meat
  • Nuts
  • Wheat
  • Milk
  • Mushrooms
  • Shellfish

Based on your preferences, Home Chef offers a variety of menu options. A few examples of past meals offered include:

  • BBQ-Rubbed Chicken and Cheddar Mac
  • Greek Panko-Crusted Cod with vegetables
  • Sirloin Steak with Balsamic Sauce and Potatoes
  • Spaghetti and Ricotta Meatballs

The Pros and Cons of Home Chef

Having fresh ingredients delivered to your doorstep with step-by-step instructions may seem like a dream come true and for some, it is. However, you should know the cons before deciding too.

Pros

  • The recipes are very easy to follow, even if you are not a self-proclaimed chef.
  • You can personalize the options to meet your dietary needs.
  • You can pick and choose the number of meals each week or even skip several weeks at a time.
  • Possibly waste less food, as only the necessary amount of fresh ingredients come in the box.
  • Recipes are categorized by difficulty.

Cons

  • You should be home when the food is delivered, as it's chilled only with standard ice packs.
  • The dietary restriction options don't include vegan or heart-healthy diet options.
  • Single-member households must pay for 2 servings of any meals they order.

How It Compares

Home meal delivery services are quickly on the rise. While Home Chef has been around for almost 5 years, others are popping up all over the internet. They all offer the same idea - fresh ingredients to make restaurant-quality meals in your own kitchen. A few of the options outside of Home Chef include:

Blue Apron
Blue Apron offers a subscription service. You get a box each week unless you cancel your subscription. You choose from the "2-Person Plan" or the "Family" plan. The 2-Person Plan allows you to choose 2 or 3 recipes per week. The Family Plan allows you to choose 2, 3, or 4 recipes per week. They do offer vegetarian plans, but only for the 2-Person Plan. They specialize in unique recipes with new cooking techniques to keep even the most experienced cook learning new things. However, Blue Apron meals tend to take longer to prepare - some even take up to 90 minutes.

Plated
Plated works much the same as Home Chef. You choose your meals from week to week. You can skip weeks, stop delivery altogether, or order as often as you want. They have more than 20 recipes to choose from at a time. They also offer dessert recipe options. You receive most of the necessary ingredients outside of the standard staples you probably have at home. Plated allows you to mix and match the number of servings you get for each meal. This allows some flexibility for entertaining or nights when not everyone will be home for dinner. The food from Plated is often very unique or gourmet, and the recipes can be complicated or time consuming.

Hello Fresh
Hello Fresh provides farm-fresh foods with the option to choose a meat/seafood or vegetarian plan. They also provide a weekly subscription, but you must choose between a plan for 2 or 4 people and 3 or 4 recipes per week. Based on your preferences, Hello Fresh provides you with 15 new recipes to choose from each week. By default, they choose your meals for you, but you have the flexibility to change them if desired. Hello Fresh is a good choice for those who prefer "standard" recipes rather than the more "gourmet" options from other subscription services.

Bottom Line

Home Chef is among the many meal delivery service companies vying for your grocery dollar. They are among the easier meals to prepare, yet they don't lack in sophistication. They are among the services that offer the most options for those on a restricted diet. If you're looking for an alternative to convenience food, this is a great option. You'll create a warm, home-cooked meal for your family with fresh ingredients that will not go to waste.

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Here’s something a little different … A robo-adviser with killer checking

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Return of Premium Rider

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M&T Bank Deals, Bonuses, & Promotions: $150, $160, $200, & $250 Checking Offers

by Danny Nguyen @ Bank Deal Guy

Check out our listing of M&T Bank Deals of $150, $160, $200, & $250 promotions. Let M&T Bank reach your financial goals with their full suite of bank accounts and lending solutions, including savings accounts, checking accounts, auto and home loans, and more! M&T Bank has branches in the following states: CT, DC, DE, FL, MD, NJ,... Read More →

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Kidnapping Statistics

by feedback@creditdonkey.com (Kim Pinnelli) @ CreditDonkey

Every 40 seconds a child goes missing somewhere in the United States. There are more than 460,000 missing children each year. Of those missing children, almost 1,500 of them are kidnapped.

Keep reading to learn more about the staggering statistics of missing children and kidnapping.

The Staggering Statistics

  • How many kids are kidnapped each year?
    There are approximately 1,435 kidnappings each year. This number is an estimate, however, as not every case gets reported, especially as it pertains to family member abductions.

  • How many kids are kidnapped by family members?
    A family abduction is the taking or concealing of a child under the age of 17 against the person’s legal rights. Family members abduct children in 1,230 of the total kidnapping cases.

  • How many kids are kidnapped by strangers?
    A stranger abduction, also known as a non-family abduction, is the result of a stranger taking or luring a child under the age of 17. Of the 1,435 kidnappings per year, 205 were non-family abductions.

  • What is the most common age group of traditional stranger kidnappings?
    Females aged 12-17 were the most commonly abducted group. Among those females, a majority of them did not live with two parents (either biological or adopted).

  • How many children abducted by strangers make it home safely?
    90% of children abducted by strangers make it home safe and sound.

  • What is the most common age of an abducted child?
    Children aged 12 and over are the victims of kidnapping in more than 80% of the cases. Teen behavior and irresponsibility are often considered the culprit before officials consider abduction. This is not the case for children aged 12 and under. A younger child who has gone missing often prompts quicker action.

Missing Children

  • How many children are reported missing each year?
    In 2016, 465,676 children were reported missing to the authorities. During the same year, there were a total of 647,435 missing people.

  • What percentage of reported missing children are not actually abducted?
    In almost 90% of the reported missing children cases, abduction is not the issue. It’s often due to miscommunication, getting lost, or children running away.

  • How many Amber Alerts are issued each year?
    In 2016, 179 Amber Alerts were issued. The alerts involved 231 kids. Amber Alerts are issued if a child under the age of 17 is believed to have been abducted and is suspected to be in immediate danger of injury or even death.

  • How many Amber Alerts turn out to be a hoax?
    In 2016, there were eight “hoax” Amber Alert cases. This means either the parents falsely reported the child missing or the child reported his disappearance in an attempt to throw off law enforcement professionals.

Runaways

  • How many children run away each year?
    As many as 2.8 million teens run away from home each year. The typical age of runaways is between the ages of 10 and 18.

  • What percentage of runaways are female?
    More than ¾ of the teen runaways are female. Of the female runaways who remain homeless, as many as 20% of them end up homeless and pregnant.

  • What percentage of teen runaways left due to physical abuse?
    Almost half of the teen runaways left home due to some type of physical abuse, either from their own family or in the foster care system.

  • What percentage of teen runaways left due to sexual abuse?
    As many as 17% of teen runaways ran away due to unwanted sexual activity from a family member, either in their household or extended family.

Defining Child Abduction

  • What is the definition of child abduction?
    Anyone who wrongfully removes, retains, or conceals a child commits abduction. It can occur with the use of force, such as in the traditional method of kidnapping, or through the use of luring or persuasion.

  • What is the definition of family abduction?
    A family member who takes a child against their will commits a family abduction. The child generally knows the perpetrator well, but does not willingly go with the person.

  • How does a parent kidnap their own child?
    If a child under court-ordered custody orders is taken by another parent, it is considered parental abduction. This goes beyond a custody battle and becomes a legal issue for the accused parent.

  • What is the “typical” abduction?
    When most people think of abduction, they think of a stranger abduction. The victim generally does not know the perpetrator at all. The kidnapper violently attacks, takes, or lures the child into their custody. In a majority of cases, this occurs within ¼-mile of the child’s home.

Today’s technology of cellphones and internet usage has made it much easier to keep track of children and get them home safely. Of course, no child or adult, for that matter, is ever out of danger. Constantly educating your children and staying aware of their surroundings can help keep your children safe with you, where they belong.

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1st Constitution Bancorp to Acquire New Jersey Community Bank

by 1stadmin @ 1st Constitution Bank

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Life insurance can provide peace of mind in knowing that loved ones and survivors will have the funds that they need in case of the unexpected. But, not all life insurance policies are exactly alike, so in many cases, adding various riders can help to better “customize” the coverage to fit specific anticipated needs. A ... Read More about Waiver of Premium Rider

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20+ Best Bank Promotions & Bonus Offers ($100 Minimum!)


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by Anthony Nguyen @ Bank Checking Savings

The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card is currently offering 35,000 Delta Skymiles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs)  when you spend $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Additionally, you can get a $100 Statement Credit when you make a Delta purchase within the first 3 months. For every 5,000 bonus miles redeemed, that’s $50 off... Keep Reading↠

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This article was originally published on Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career at How to Get Out of Debt, Fast! A Step-by-Step Guide.

If you know the basics of personal finance, you may already know the most powerful force in the financial universe is compound interest. With compound interest, it’s easier to grow wealthier over time as the interest you earn compounds on itself over and over again. Unfortunately, compound interest can just as easily work against you as ... Read More about How to Get Out of Debt, Fast! A Step-by-Step Guide

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Can You Fund Your Business Without a Bank?

by Vanessa @ Cash Cow Couple

You already rely on bank loans for your mortgage and credit cards, so when you are ready to start your business, you are likely less than eager to look to your bank for help. Business loans through banks and similar major financial institutions are popular, but they can be difficult to acquire — especially if …

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If you are a resident in one of the following states: AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, MD, NJ, NY, OR, PA, VA, WA, or WV, M&T Bank is offering you a $200 bonus when you open a new personal Checking Account with promo code TE and completing certain requirements! Below is all the information and details you need to... Read More →

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Earn up to $200 in bonus cash with a consumer checking account when you enroll in eStatements and have at least 1 $500 direct deposit, available at various community banks in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, and Wisconsin. [Read More] Heartland Financial USA – $200 Consumer Checking Account Bonus – AZ, CA, CO, IA, IL, KS, MO, MT, NM and WI

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Legacy Texas Bank Checking Review: $200 Bonus (Texas only) *Current Clients only*

by Howard Young @ Bank Checking Savings

Are you currently banking with Legacy Texas Bank? Legacy Texas Bank is currently offering existing clients a generous $200 bonus when you apply and qualify for a new Maximum Checking Account with a minimum opening deposit of $100 by March 31, 2018. Once you have signed up for a new account, all you have to have to... Keep Reading↠

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PNC Virtual Wallet Online Banking Review

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PNC Bank features over 2,600 branch locations throughout the country. If you aren’t in one of the 19 states where PNC operates, you can still enjoy their fully online banking. The Virtual Wallet is a unique financial approach that makes saving … Continued

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by Lindsay VanSomeren @ MagnifyMoney

PenFed Credit Union—also known as Pentagon Federal Credit Union—got its start in 1935. Since then, it has grown to become one of the largest credit unions in the country, with over 1.6 million members and $24 billion in assets. While it does offer in-person branches, anyone can also access their accounts online. Like most credit … Continue reading PenFed Credit Union CD Rates, Checking, Savings, Money Market, and IRA Accounts

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Collect An ‘Easy’ $150 Checking Bonus

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Savers in 19 states from from Missouri to California can open a new checking account at Bank of the West and roundup a bonus of up to $150.

Amazon vouchers & deals: Fire, Kindle and Echo price drop | top-up bonuses | Cheap Prime | Amazon Prime Now code | More!

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

From Amazon vouchers and free trials of Amazon Prime to flash sales and tricks for free delivery. Let’s face it, Amazon is probably the one website that most people will use at some point each year, so it helps to have a voucher or discount stored up. Here are the best deals at the moment. Read […]

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Quotacy Review 2018 | The Easiest Way to Shop for Life Insurance

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Each year, LIMRA surveys a few thousand people throughout the country to estimate consumer trends and perceptions regarding life insurance. This annual survey provides a wealth of information about the life insurance purchase decision made by the average American. The recent 2017 study highlights several important trends: 1) Knowledge doesn’t always lead to action 85% …

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Historical IRA Contribution Limits 2009-2018

by Jonathan Ping @ My Money Blog

Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) are way to save money towards retirement that also saves on taxes. Each year, an individual’s total contributions to both traditional and Roth IRAs cannot be more than a certain dollar limit. If you are age 50+ at some time during the year, you can also contribute an additional amount. (You […]

Banks Will Pay You Up to $400 Just for Opening a Checking Account

Banks Will Pay You Up to $400 Just for Opening a Checking Account


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But you'll have to jump though a lot of hoops to get the cash.

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by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

Get your money in shape so you can start working on your dream job. Five years ago I knew I want to do something different, something outside the normal corporate working regime. Now, I’m my own boss, doing something I love (that’s this blog and podcast by the way). So how do you get yourself […]

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10 Bank Promotions That Pay You To Open An Account

10 Bank Promotions That Pay You To Open An Account


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Find out which banks are running cash promotions this summer.

How to Get The Best Mortgage Rates

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Now is an excellent time to buy a home because values are continuing to rise, which makes owning a house an excellent investment. Although slowly rising as well, mortgage rates are still near their historic lows. A small difference in … Continued

The 8 Best Bank Promotions (Checking and Savings) in 2018

The 8 Best Bank Promotions (Checking and Savings) in 2018


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Looking for the best checking accounts or savings accounts? These bank promotions can get you cash back when you open a new account and a top APR.

Mango Money Review: Earn up to a 6.00% APY on Savings

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Many people are so discouraged with the abysmal interest rates offered for saving and checking accounts today, it seems impossible to think there could be a glimmer of hope on the horizon.  Gone are the days when a person might … Continued

Chase Boosts Spring Bonuses Up To $250

by Mike Sante @ Checking Accounts – CD Rates | Certificate of Deposit Rates

Chase Bank is bringing back its $150 checking account bonus and adding a $100 savings account bonus to the promotion.

Review of Barclays Online Savings and CDs

by Lindsay VanSomeren @ MagnifyMoney

Barclays is one of the largest and oldest banks in the world. In fact, it’s even older than the United States itself, having been founded by two London bankers in 1690. It’s been chugging along ever since, and while it’s still headquartered in the UK, they’ve branched out to become a multinational corporation with operations … Continue reading Review of Barclays Online Savings and CDs

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Cash Chats ep50: Battle of the supermarkets

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

I like Waitrose, and I like Aldi, but which is better? There’s only one way to find out… Fight! We’ve all got different reasons for picking the supermarket we shop in. It could be price, it could be quality, it could just be whichever is nearest. But we’ve all got our favourites too. So in […]

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Discover Card + Amazon 1-Click $10 Promotion

by Jonathan Ping @ My Money Blog

Updated. It looks like this offer is back as of February 2017. I was able to get another $10 credit even though I already got the previous $10 credit back in September even though a Discover card was already my default 1-click payment method. Of course, before clicking on the promo link below, I did […]

15 Best “Bank Bonus” Credit Cards (2018)

15 Best “Bank Bonus” Credit Cards (2018)


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Every time you use your favorite credit card to make a purchase, the merchant must pay the credit card issuer a fee for the pleasure of collecting your money. While the specific fee varies by issuer, it’s generally around 2% of your purchase price — and that adds up quickly. Because these purchasing fees are …

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The banking industry has always been in a state of change, especially over the past decade. With new technologies and ways to improve productivity surfacing every year, banks are engaging in these changes to increase customer loyalty and maintain competition. … Continued

Flying With a Cartoon Penguin, on EVA Air’s Badtz-Maru Airbus A330

Flying With a Cartoon Penguin, on EVA Air’s Badtz-Maru Airbus A330

by J. Keith van Straaten @ The Points Guy

EVA Air's cartoon-themed aircraft offers one of the world's most unique passenger experiences. Pros: Outstanding service and an absolutely unique themed aircraft. Cons: No choice of food in Economy, sub-par lounge options in Fukuoka.

The Best Online Savings Accounts in February 2018

by LaTisha Styles @ MagnifyMoney

Updated February 9, 2018 After years of low interest rates, there is a pricing war happening for online savings accounts. Long gone are the days of 0.01% APY. If you are willing to open an online savings account (which is FDIC insured), you can now easily get a 1.50% APY or higher. Interest rates are … Continue reading The Best Online Savings Accounts in February 2018

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Do you take advantage of banks new account promotion?

Do you take advantage of banks new account promotion?


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Is it a good idea to take advantage of new account bonus?

Reward Checking Account Pays Iowa Savers 3.3% On Up To $25,000

by Susan Ladika @ Checking Accounts – CD Rates | Certificate of Deposit Rates

State Savings Bank is offering savers to the west and northeast of Des Moines one of the top-paying reward checking accounts in the country.

When Will I Get My Tax Refund? 2017 Tax Year Refund Schedule (2018 Tax Season)

by Ryan Guina @ Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career

This article was originally published on Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career at When Will I Get My Tax Refund? 2017 Tax Year Refund Schedule (2018 Tax Season).

The first day to file your 2017 taxes is January 29, 2018. The IRS reports that 9 out of 10 taxpayers who filed electronically in 2017 received their tax refunds within 21 days. Some taxpayers receive their refund in as little as 8 days, and most receive it within 10-14 days. The IRS no longer ... Read More about When Will I Get My Tax Refund? 2017 Tax Year Refund Schedule (2018 Tax Season)

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Citibank Holidays for 2017 and 2018

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Traveling for the holidays? Be sure to get your Citibank transactions completed before these bank holidays. All Citibank branches are closed on the below dates. If a holiday is not listed below, such as Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, Halloween, … Continued

New York City Checking Bonus Pays $250

by Susan Ladika @ Checking Accounts – CD Rates | Certificate of Deposit Rates

Astoria Bank has a checking account that works almost like a short-term CD. A very, very good short-term CD.

United MileagePlus Explorer Card 50,000 Bonus Miles + $100 Statement Credit + 5,000 Bonus Miles When You Add an Authorized User + 2X Miles on United Airlines

by Anthony Nguyen @ Bank Deal Guy

When you open a United MileagePlus Explorer Card, you will earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, as a travel benefit, you’ll receive 2 United Club passes each year for your cardmember anniversary – over a $100 value. To top it all off, you can get a... Read More →

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Southern Banks Boost Checking Bonuses

by Susan Ladika @ Checking Accounts – CD Rates | Certificate of Deposit Rates

Two big Southern banks -- Regions Financial and SunTrust -- have are vying for new checking account customers by offering bigger cash rewards for signing up.

Chase Savings Account Review: $150, $200 and $300 Promotional Codes

by MM Team @ Banking Bonuses – Maximizing Money

The Chase Savings Account is now offering 3 different promotions, including a $150 cash bonus when you deposit $10,000, a $200 bonus when you deposit $15,000, and a $300 bonus when you deposit $25,000. [Read More] Chase Savings Account Review: $150, $200 and $300 Promotional Codes

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Online Bank Review: Bluebird by American Express

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One of the many challenges people face when opening a checking account is their credit. This is partly because in some instances, banks may refuse to open checking or savings accounts for those who have had financial difficulties. It is … Continued

Santander Has A Checking Account Bonus You Keep Earning, Month After Month

by Susan Ladika @ Checking Accounts – CD Rates | Certificate of Deposit Rates

Most big banks offer a single cash bonus when you open a new checking account. But Santander will pay you up to $20 every month for opening an extra20 Checking and extra20 Savings account.

2017 Fall Fest – Jamesburg

by 1stadmin @ 1st Constitution Bank

On October 21, 2017 W. Railroad Ave in Jamesburg was filled with various vendors for the annual Fall Fest. From on site pet grooming to funnel cakes and home made specialty sauces this year’s crowd has plenty to choose from. Fall festivities at the 1st Constitution table offered kids big and small a game of Pumpkin Pong!

What Exactly is a Certificate of Deposit?

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It’s never too early to begin building your nest egg. Safe and effective investments can help you slowly and steadily grow your savings. You may have heard the term “CD” commonly used in banking. If you’ve asked yourself, “What is … Continued

401k, 403b, 457, TSP Historical Contribution Limits 2009-2018

by Jonathan Ping @ My Money Blog

Employer-based retirement plans like the 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan are not perfect, but they are often the best available option to save money in a tax-advantaged manner. For 2018, the employee elective deferral (contribution) limit for these plans increased to $18,500 (they are indexed to cost-of-living). The […]

Quorum Federal Credit Union CD Account Review: 2.00% APY 11-Month, 2.25% APY 25-Month CD Rates Increased (Nationwide)

by Howard Young @ Bank Checking Savings

Now is the best time of the year to start a new account experience. With that said, Quorum Federal Credit Union is offering residents nationwide a wide selection of rates to fit all your banking needs. Whether you are looking for a short term or long term solution, there is definitely an account to fit... Keep Reading↠

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Why you’re paying too much for medication

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

Spend less money to get better. When you’ve got a cold, you’ll ask for Lemsip. When you’ve got a headache, you’ll ask for Nurofen. When you’ve got a hangover, you’ll ask for a Berocca. Yes they cost more than own brand, but surely that’s because they’re better at making you feel better? Well, it turns out […]

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What to Know About Bank Account Opening Bonuses | LendEDU

What to Know About Bank Account Opening Bonuses | LendEDU


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You might have noticed recently that banks seem to be in an arms race to see who can offer the biggest bonus for opening a new account. Whether they're offering iPads or cash bonuses of anywhere from $50, to $500, you might have considered opening a new account to take advantage of one juicy bank bonus.But …

Chase Bank Holidays for 2017 & 2018

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This article has been updated for 2018. Need to know if your local Chase branch is open on a specific holiday? All branches are closed on the below dates in 2018 and 2017. If a holiday is not listed below, … Continued

Cheapest ways to watch Sky Sports without a subscription – inc 20% off day pass | £9 week pass

by Andy Webb @ Be Clever With Your Cash

You don’t need a Sky subscription to watch Sky Sports! Here are the latest deals for pay as you go passes on NOW TV. I’m a big fan of NOW TV (we’ve got the Entertaiment Pass to watch Sky Atlantic shows) as a cheap way to watch Sky channels. If you are a fan of the […]

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Bank Failures Cost the FDIC Deposit Insurance Fund $894 Million in 2015

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The financial crisis of 2007-2008 resulted in hundreds of bank failures. In the year after the crisis, bank closures cost the FDIC‘s Deposit Insurance Fund more than $38 billion. As the U.S. economy slowly recovered, fewer banks have been closed and sold by … Continued

Bank of America $100 Checking Account Cash Bonuses

by MM Team @ Banking Bonuses – Maximizing Money

Bank of America has a new $100 bonus offer available for opening a Core Checking or Interest Checking account by February 28, 2018, and receiving 2 qualifying direct deposits of $250 or more each within 90 days from account opening. [Read More] Bank of America $100 Checking Account Cash Bonuses

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ICYMI: E-Trade Super Bowl 2018 Commercial “This Is Getting Old”

by Jonathan Ping @ My Money Blog

E-Trade’s newest commercials (remember the baby?) have the basic premise of (1) you don’t have enough money and (2) to solve this, you should open an E-Trade brokerage account. The Super Bowl commercial was more specific: Don’t be 85 years old and #stillworkin. Here’s the full commercial from YouTube: ICYMI: E-Trade Super Bowl 2018 Commercial […]

Key Bank Offers Checking Account Bonus

by Susan Ladika @ Checking Accounts – CD Rates | Certificate of Deposit Rates

If you're ready to rely on digital banking, KeyBank will pay you $200 to open a checkless checking account with no monthly fees or minimum balance requirements.

SunTrust Bank Business Checking Account $200 Bonus Offer

by MM Team @ Banking Bonuses – Maximizing Money

SunTrust Bank will give you $200 in bonus cash when you open a new SunTrust Business Checking account and make $1,500 in qualifying deposits within 30 days, available for businesses in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia. [Read More] SunTrust Bank Business Checking Account $200 Bonus Offer

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Legacy Texas $200 Checking Bonus [TX] (Current Clients Only)

by Danny Nguyen @ Bank Deal Guy

Existing LegacyTexas clients now have the opportunity to earn a $200 checking bonus when you open a new Maximum Checking Account and meeting certain requirements. Below is all the information and details you need to earn your Legacy Texas $200 Checking Bonus! Legacy Texas $200 Checking Bonus Summary To earn your Legacy Texas $200 Checking Bonus, simply open... Read More →

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Sign Up Now For A $200 Checking Bonus

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Fifth Third Bank will pay you a $200 bonus just for opening a new checking account, signing up for direct deposit and making a few bill payments online.

5 Tips When Choosing an Online Savings Account

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There are more and more online savings accounts popping up. These accounts are generally limited solely to the internet, which means that there are no brick and mortar locations for you to visit. They can provide a variety of benefits, … Continued

Bury Your Money: Put Your Money & Investments in “Time Capsules”

by Jim Wang @ Wallet Hacks

When I started investing, I eased into it very gently. I didn't trust the stock market. I was comfortable with saving the money. I wasn't comfortable putting it in the “stock market.” My formative adult years started in 1998, the year I started college. I was going to Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh and studying Computer […]

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3% On Reward Checking And 1% On Reward Savings Available Nationwide

by Susan Ladika @ Checking Accounts – CD Rates | Certificate of Deposit Rates

Mutual Bank in suburban Boston is offering savers across the country a rewards checking account paying 3.00% APY that can be linked to a savings account paying 1.00% APY -- or nearly as much as the best accounts available nationwide.

Huntington Bank $300 Business Checking Bonus [IN, KY, MI, OH, PA, WV, IL, WI]

by Danny Nguyen @ Bank Deal Guy

If you’re interested in banking at Huntington, you can earn a Huntington Bank $300 Business Checking Bonus when you open their Fast Track Business Checking Account currently available in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Get the right business checking account, whether you’re starting out or starting to expand. Huntington has checking options to meet your needs,... Read More →

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Alaska Flash Sale: West Coast to Texas and Midwest From 10,000 Miles Round-Trip

Alaska Flash Sale: West Coast to Texas and Midwest From 10,000 Miles Round-Trip

by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

Just after Delta’s flash sale, Alaska launched its own sale fares for award flights this afternoon. Travelers based in Texas or on the West Coast will benefit the most from these deals, which begin at 10,000 Mileage Plan miles and $12 round-trip. In order to take advantage of these flash sale rates, you must purchase your …

Understanding Implied Volatility

by feedback@creditdonkey.com (Kim Pinnelli) @ CreditDonkey

Wouldn't it be nice if someone could tell you which options to trade? If you had a crystal ball that showed you how an option would perform?

That might not be reality. But there is a way to have an idea of how a stock might perform. It's called the implied volatility. It's the market's opinion on how a stock will react in the next 12 months. The IV may predict how much a stock may move, but it doesn't predict the direction.

Knowing this opinion can help you decide which option, if any, is right for you.

A Closer Look at Implied Volatility

In more technical terms, implied volatility is a percentage of the stock price. For example, ABC stock has a 20% IV. This means the market predicts the stock will increase or decrease 20% in the next year. The IV is based on one standard deviation.

A standard deviation is a statistical term. In statistics, it means that there is a 68% chance of the IV prediction coming true. In the above example, there is a 68% chance that the stock will move 20%. It could be 20% higher or lower than its current price in 1 year.

Looking at it in simpler terms, it's a type of boundary set up for the stock's price. Knowing a stock's potential range can help you choose the right investment. You can measure the IV against your thoughts on the stock's movement. Then you can decide if and when you should buy and sell options.

Keep in mind, though, that there's still a 32% chance that the prediction won't come true. There's a 16% chance the stock could fall lower than the designated range. There's also a 16% chance it could increase even more.

Here's an example:

ABC stock currently trades at $40/share. The implied volatility of the option contract is 30%. This means within the next year, the market predicts the stock will move up or down 30%. In other words:

$40 x .30 = $12

The stock could end up:

$40 + $12 = $52

or

$40 - 12 = $28

Again, this is just a prediction and it's over the course of a year. However, you could use $28 and $52 as the "boundaries" for the stock's price for investment strategy purposes.

How Implied Volatility Affects an Option's Price

Implied volatility and option prices have a direct relationship. If implied volatility increases, the option's premium increases. If the implied volatility decreases, the option's premium decreases. In other words, rising implied volatility can be bad for buyers. The option's premiums will continue to increase. This could make the option more expensive. This also increases the buyer's break-even point.

However, a rising IV can be good for sellers. They may make an inflated premium. This can help their position. It helps lower their break-even point in an uncertain market.

There is a flip side, though. If you already own options and want to close the position, you'll feel differently. Closing the position means:

  • If you bought an option, you want to sell it back to the market to close the position.
  • If you sold an option, you want to buy it back from the market to close the position.

In this case, a rising IV is good for the buyer. Since he originally bought the option, he is trying to make money back. A rising IV could mean he collects a higher premium.

The seller, on the other hand, will regret a higher IV. The higher premium means it'll cost the investor more to buy the option back. It could result in a loss depending on how much he initially paid for the option.

Figuring Out the Option's Standard Deviation for Expiration

The implied volatility shows how the price might change over a year. But the most common options contracts expire in 1 to 3 months. Knowing what it might do in a year doesn't help much.

You can use this calculation to figure out the percentage change based on the yearly IV:

Stock price x Implied volatility x v(Days to expiration/365)

Take for example, a stock price of $50 with an implied volatility of 20% and 30-day expiration. It would have a standard deviation of:

$50 x .20 x √(30/365) = $2.80

In the next 30 days, the stock is predicted to move up or down $2.80.

In the next 12 months, however, the stock is expected to move a total of $10 either way.

Which Options Does IV Affect the Most?

As a general rule, implied volatility has the most effect on an at-the-money option. This option has a strike price equal to the market price. Here's an example:

ABC stock is currently trading for $50. You have a 3-month call for ABC stock with a $50 strike price. You wouldn't exercise the call right now. You could buy the stock from the open market at the same price. If the option has a 20% IV, it means the stock is predicted to increase or decrease 20% over the next year.

This means over the next 3 months:

ABC stock could trade for $45 or $55.

$50 x .20 x √(90/365) = $5

If it falls to $45, your call expires worthless. You wouldn't exercise your right to buy a stock at $50/share when it's trading for $45.

But, if the stock price rose to $55, you would exercise your call. You could then buy 100 shares at $50 and then sell them for $55/share. You'd realize capital gains of $500 minus the premium you paid for the option.

Any change in the stock's price can affect your option's position.

On the other hand, deep out-of-the-money or in-the-money options aren't as affected. Even a 20% predicted change won't affect your position as much.

For example:

ABC stock currently trades for $50. You have a 3-month call with a $30 strike price that you haven't exercised yet. Right now you are in-the-money. You have $20 intrinsic value on the stock.

Intrinsic value: The equity you have in a stock or the difference between the stock's price and the option's strike price.

Again, the 20% implied volatility means that in the next 3 months, the stock might change $5. You are already deep in the money with a $30 call. That $5 change won't affect your position.

If the stock increases $5, it would be $55. You exercise your option at either price. If the stock falls $5, you could still exercise your option as it would trade at $45.

Using Implied Volatility in Your Strategy

As a general rule, you want to buy when the implied volatility is low and sell when it's high. This way, you buy for a lower premium and have a lower break-even point. The longer your expiration date in this case, the better, though. It gives your stock more time to change in the direction you need.

If you sell when implied volatility is high, you increase the premiums you make on the option. Of course, high volatility means higher risk that the stock could move in the wrong direction.

The Final Word

Implied volatility shouldn't be the only thing you consider. You can, however, use it as a factor. Knowing what a stock might do in the future can help you strategize. That's what buying and selling options is all about.

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How to Trade Bitcoin Futures in 2018

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Probably the biggest news lately in the world of investments is the announcement that financial exchanges have decided to offer bitcoin futures.  Since the beginning of 2017, bitcoin prices have soared 1,500%, which has garnered significant interest from those who … Continued

TaxAct Review 2017 – A Powerful Tax Software Solution to Fill Most Needs

by Kevin Mercadante @ Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career

This article was originally published on Cash Money Life | Personal Finance, Investing, & Career at TaxAct Review 2017 – A Powerful Tax Software Solution to Fill Most Needs.

TaxAct is one of the leading tax preparation software packages available. The service was founded in 1998, and it enables you to prepare all types of returns, regardless of the degree of difficulty. Small and medium-size business tax returns are a niche of this product, but they even have a professional edition available for career ... Read More about TaxAct Review 2017 – A Powerful Tax Software Solution to Fill Most Needs

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LifeLock Review: Is It Worth It?

by feedback@creditdonkey.com (Kim P) @ CreditDonkey

Protecting yourself against identity theft seems like it's worth its weight in gold. Do you really get as much protection as you think with services like LifeLock? Find out below.

Last year more than 143 million people had their personal information exposed during the Equifax hack. This demonstrates just one of the thousands of security breaches that happen each year. LifeLock claims to protect your identity from these types of incidents beyond what a basic credit freeze offers.

LifeLock claims to monitor more than just your credit. They monitor the dark web, unauthorized address changes, online scams, and public records. The depth of the monitoring you get depends on the chosen plan. LifeLock also offers identity theft restoration services and 24-hour customer service.

With a LifeLock membership, you can monitor one driver's license number and Social Security number. But you can monitor up to 10 credit cards and/or bank accounts. You may also enter up to five home addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers.

Who Is LifeLock Best For?

  • If you are at high risk for identity theft: Consumers who aren't proactive in their attempts to protect identity theft may benefit from the service. While LifeLock can't prevent identity theft, it can alert members of a breach. Think of it like an alarm system. The crime has been committed, but now you can attempt to minimize the damages.

  • If you don't know how to recover from identity theft: Identity theft is overwhelming. Victims must take several steps to stop the perpetrator from doing more damage. There could also be damages that must be undone, such as unauthorized accounts opened in their name or fraudulent use of medical insurance/benefits. LifeLock's bread and butter is their restoration services, helping victims put their lives back together.

  • If you don't regularly check your credit and/or financial accounts: Checking your credit reports, monitoring bank statements, and watching your credit card accounts is time-consuming. If you aren't vigilant about watching these accounts, LifeLock may give you a little peace of mind knowing you may receive an alert if something is amiss.

Why We Like LifeLock

  • Learn of a breach early: There's no foolproof way to prevent identity theft or fraud. What LifeLock offers, though, is quick notification of certain adverse actions on your accounts. This gives you the chance to try to minimize the damages before they get out of hand.

  • Restoration services help repair the damage: After you experience identity theft or fraudulent account activity, LifeLock's agents offer their services in fixing the problem. They may not be able to fix everything, but having their expertise on your side may help.

  • Reimbursement for loss funds: Each of LifeLock's plans offer coverage, similar to an insurance policy for lost or stolen funds. However, their reimbursement is subject to many restrictions, especially if another insurance policy or financial institution will cover the loss.

  • User-friendly platform and app: Members can access the LifeLock member portal on their PC, laptop, or mobile device. In the platform, members have access to their account information as well as all alerts, whether critical or non-critical. Members can view the alerts at their leisure and determine what/if anything they must do.

  • Multiple alert options: LifeLock offers several alert options to make sure you are aware of a potential situation. They offer alerts via phone, email, and text. You can also customize the alerts you receive, changing thresholds for various accounts based on your needs.

  • 24/7 customer service 365 days a year: LifeLock representatives are available for questions and concerns 24/7 every day of the year. However, any restoration services are only available during business hours.

  • Lost Wallet Protection: Losing your purse or wallet may put you at risk for identity theft and/or credit card fraud. LifeLock offers assistance in handling the tasks necessary to stop anyone from using the lost information. They include this service in all 3 plans.

  • Scans a trillion data points regularly: LifeLock claims to scan a trillion data points daily. The exact data points they scan will determine how well it protects you. However, it's likely more than you would scan yourself, and even a small bit of protection may help.

  • Monitors accounts rather than freezes them: A credit freeze prevents thieves from accessing your credit information moving forward. If you were already hacked, though, the criminals have what they need. Monitoring may help alert you of any new activity even after you freeze your credit.

Why You Might Look Elsewhere

  • Only one credit bureau monitored with the first two plans: You have to pony up and pay for the most expensive plan to get monitoring of all three credit bureaus. Since not all companies report to all three bureaus, you may not have the protection you need.

  • Limited coverage guarantee: Despite their million dollar coverage guarantee, there are many limitations. If your identity is stolen or accounts hacked into, it must be due to some failure or defect on LifeLock's behalf for the guarantee to take effect. If LifeLock did what they promised and you still got hacked, the guarantee may not apply.

  • No family plan: If you want to protect more than one family member, such as a spouse or child, you have to pay for separate plans. This could get costly depending on how many family members you want to protect.

Plans

All plans include the following:

  • Dark web monitoring
  • LifeLock Privacy Monitor
  • Notification of unauthorized address changes
  • Lost Wallet Protection
  • Alerts for Social Security number breaches

In addition to the basic features, LifeLock has three tiers to choose from:

  • LifeLock Standard: As the cheapest plan available, this plan monitors one credit bureau and provides up to $25,000 reimbursement for stolen funds.

  • LifeLock Advantage: The mid-plan still only monitors one credit bureau, but they also provide the credit score from that bureau. It also offers bank account and credit card monitoring and notifications of data breaches. LifeLock will also provide crime reports for your area and report on any fictitious identity issues.

  • LifeLock Ultimate Plus: The largest plan offered provides all of the above benefits, plus monitoring of all three credit bureaus with credit scores. You may also request monthly credit scores from one credit bureau; however, it is the Vantage 3.0 score, not FICO. You can also opt to have certain investment accounts monitored and receive alerts of bank account takeovers. LifeLock also provides priority customer service for Ultimate Plus members.

Keep in mind: LifeLock does not do business with all banks, credit card companies, or financial institutions. Their scans may miss issues with specific companies if they are not within the LifeLock network.

Customer Service

LifeLock's customer service seems to be where they shine. With accessibility around-the-clock, either on the phone or online chat, customers can ask questions and address concerns any time of day or night. If you experienced identity theft of credit card fraud, you'll need to wait until business hours to secure any restoration services, though. Chances are this is due to the representative's need for access to the bank and credit card companies that operate during business hours.

LifeLock also offers a breadth of customer service options online. Their member portal is user friendly and provides all up-to-date information about your account statuses. Their website also offers a multitude of resources that may either answer your question or help you figure out what to do next.

Customer Service Phone Number: 1-800-416-0599

How to cancel: If you obtained your LifeLock service directly from LifeLock, call 1-800-LIFELOCK (543-3562). You can also cancel via your member portal. If you obtained the service through a third-party, you must contact the third-party to cancel.

How It Compares

  • Identity Guard: With Identity Guard, you get basic identity protection with the exception of driver's license number monitoring. They offer a breadth of services that monitor what happens on your accounts, but they lack the restoration services needed to pick up the pieces. Their customer service is more of an "advice line" than professionals fixing the problem.

  • ID Shield: With ID Shield, you get a $5 million guarantee if your identity is stolen, and you can monitor up to 2 adults and 8 children on one plan. However, they only monitor one credit bureau (TransUnion), no matter which plan you choose. In the event that your identity is stolen; however, you have access to private investigators who also help you restore your identity and/or accounts.

  • IdentityForce: With IdentityForce, you get more than financial protection. They monitor social media sites, blogs, and court records too. Their most basic plan includes most everything LifeLock's most expensive plan offers. However, they do not offer a family plan.

Bottom Line

So is LifeLock worth it?

If you are willing to pay for credit monitoring because you won't do it yourself, it may give you a little more protection against identity theft. Keep in mind that there's no way to completely prevent someone from stealing all or part of your identity. If you are not proactive in keeping your passwords secure and monitoring your accounts on a regular basis, it might be worth the peace of mind to know when something is amiss.

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Goldman Sachs Eyes Buying Personal Finance Startup Clarity

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Goldman Sachs, whose building (left) highlights the Jersey City skyline, is in talks to buy personal finance startup Clarity Money. Insiders say Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is eyeing the possibility of buying Clarity Money, a personal finance startup. Those unidentified sources said Goldman Sachs intends to mesh it with Marcus, its online personal loan lender.Although a […]

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Wisconsin Deal: $200 Cash And 1.1% MMA

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Average Cost of Insurance

by feedback@creditdonkey.com (Kim Pinnelli) @ CreditDonkey

The average person pays around $4,200 per year for insurance, including car, health, dental, life, and homeowners insurance. That's before any adjustments.

Keep reading to learn the startling facts about the average cost of insurance and what you can expect.

The Average Cost of Car Insurance

Drivers spend around $982 every year on car insurance. Today, we pay an average of 8% more than we did 5 years ago. These figures may vary depending on the type of coverage chosen, though. Each state requires different types of minimum coverage that you must comply with.

  • How much does the average car insurance increase when adding a new teen driver?
    On average, a new teen driver increases a family's car insurance policy to $2,474 from $982. This is a 152% increase. Keep in mind that this only takes into consideration adding a teen driver. If you were to secure your teen his own policy, it would could as much as 2 times the cost of adding him/her to your policy.

  • How much on average does car insurance decrease as teens age?
    As teens gain experience, they get to take advantage of lower car insurance rates. Again, keeping a teen on a parent's policy saves the most money. 17-year-olds save an average of $467 per year on their own policy. An 18-year-old saves an average of $374 per year and a 19-year-old saves around $970 per year.

    19 years old is the "magic" age when teens have around 3 years of experience under their belt. This decreases the risk of car accidents and lowers an insurance company's risk.

  • How does the average cost of insurance premiums change as you enter adulthood?
    Young adults leaving the teen years behind pay an average of $1,945 for car insurance at the age of 20. The exact amount depends on the amount of the chosen deductible and the type of coverage chosen. As they enter young adulthood, they lose some discounts, such as the "good student discount" and "student away" discount. But there are other discounts they can soon take advantage of, including the multiple policy discount.

    Tip: Many insurance companies give a good student discount for high school and college students maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

    The student away discount lowers a teen's insurance premium if they go away to college and do not bring a car.

  • How much more does it cost men on average for car insurance than women?
    Men pay an average of $60 per year more than women for car insurance. This might not seem significant, but over a 10-year period, that's $600 more than women pay for the same insurance.

  • What is the average difference in insurance premiums between married and single drivers?
    One of the benefits of being married is saving money on your car insurance. Married drivers save an average of $9 per month on their insurance. This means $108 per year and more than $1,000 over 10 years.

Average Cost of Health Insurance

Looking at both group and marketplace insurance, individuals pay an average of $464 per month and families pay an average of $1,266 per month. Deductibles average $2,903 for an individual and $5,739 for a family.

  • What is the average cost of an HMO policy versus a PPO policy?
    PPO policies tend to cost individuals 3.4% more than HMO policies. Families pay an average of $5.7% more for the PPO.

    On average, individuals pay $548 per month for an HMO and $567 per month for a PPO. Families pay an average of $1,498 for an HMO policy and $1,584 for a PPO plan.

  • How does the average cost of health insurance differ for singles and married couples?
    The average single male pays $310 per month for health insurance on the exchange market, but the average woman spends around $332 per month. Married couples follow the same path, as they pay an average of $717 per month on the exchange market.

  • What is the average cost of insurance on the exchange versus employer-sponsored insurance?
    The average individual on employer-sponsored health insurance pays $536 per month for insurance. In comparison, on the exchange, individuals pay around $393 per month.

    On average, employer-sponsored insurance costs families 48% more than exchange policies. Families pay $1,512 for an employer-sponsored plan and $1,021 for a policy on the exchange.

    Determining which policy is the most affordable depends on the deductible and type of coverage. A lower premium doesn't always mean a more affordable policy.

Average Cost of Dental Insurance

Dental insurance costs the average person just around $30 per month and the average family around $56 per month for group coverage. Individual policies are a little more expensive, though. Individuals pay around $45 per month and families pay an average of $71 per month for individual dental insurance.

  • How much does the average dental policy cover per year?
    Dental policies often don't cover 100% of the cost of necessary dental work. The average PPO dental plan covers a maximum of $1,500 per year. However, less than 1 in 10 people hit the annual maximum for the dental insurance.

  • What is the average out-of-pocket expense for dental work?
    The average dental policy covers 80% of basic dental work and 50% of major work. This excludes preventative dental work, such as cleanings, which is often covered 100%.

    A simple tooth extraction is considered "basic" dental work. The average total cost is $293. At 80% coverage, the average person pays $59. A root canal may also be considered "basic" work. The aveage cost is $300, leaving the average person with $60 to pay out of pocket.

    Major dental work, such as a dental crown, costs around $1,675. At 50% coverage, this means the average person pays $837.50.

  • How does the cost of dental work affect the average person's dental care?
    Just over half of Americans see the dentist regularly. More than 20% of the population hasn't seen the dentist for a few years. Of those who don't visit the dentist, at least 60% of them skip it because of the high cost of dental care.

Average Cost of Life Insurance

Non-smokers with a $500,000 term life insurance policy pay an average of $2,037 annually for life insurance. Smokers with the same policy pay an average of $7,313 per year.

  • How does the average cost of life insurance change as you age?
    It pays to obtain life insurance early. People who secure life insurance at the age of 35 pay an average of $159 per year for a 20-year term life insurance policy worth $250,000. A 50-year-old pays an average of 65% more for the same policy, just because of the older age. A person who waits until they are 60 years old pays as much as 86% more for the same policy.

  • How much does the cost of life insurance increase for smokers?
    Smokers pay an average of 250% more for life insurance than non-smokers. Insurance companies do not consider a person a non-smoker until they have not smoked for at least 12 months.

  • What common medical conditions affect life insurance premiums?
    Life insurance companies base the premiums on the health of the person or the likelihood of them dying within the term of the policy. People with high cholesterol or blood pressure are a higher risk. Life insurance usually costs people with these health issues 50% more in premiums.

Average Cost of Homeowners insurance

The average person pays $3.50 per $1,000 of a home's value. A $500,000 home costs an average of $1,750 in homeowners insurance each year.

  • How much does an average claim increase your homeowners insurance premium?
    The average insurance company raises a person's premiums 9% after one claim. How much you pay depends on your location. Residents of Wyoming pay as much as 32% more in premiums after a claim. However, residents of Texas rarely see an increase after just one claim.

  • Which state has the highest and lowest homeowners insurance premiums?
    Florida residents have the unfortunate luck of paying the highest homeowners insurance premiums. However, they are also the state that boasts 13% of the nation's largest losses.

    Oregon residents luck out with the lowest homeowners insurance premiums. Their premiums are as much as 71% less than Florida's premiums.

  • What are the top ways to decrease your homeowners insurance premiums?
    The best way to decrease your homeowners insurance premiums is loyalty. Stay as long as five years with the same company and you'll receive an average 5% discount. Stay even longer and you could save an average of 10%.

    Loyalty isn't the only way to get a discount, though. Buying all of your insurance policies from one company can save you an average of 16% on your premiums. Auto insurance and homeowners insurance from the same company offer the largest savings of 16%.

    Lastly, beefing up your home's security can decrease your insurance premiums as much as 20%. The more frequently your system is monitored, the higher your discount.

  • What is the average cost of flood insurance added to a homeowners policy?
    Flood insurance is a separate policy from your homeowners insurance. Residents in a flood zone pay an average of $700 per year for the policy. Not everyone must buy this insurance, though. Just about 12% of homeowners in the U.S. have it. The premiums range from the highest premium in Rhode Island with $1,200 per year premiums and Maryland with $129 per year premiums.

Average Cost of Renters Insurance

Renters insurance isn't required, but it can be helpful. At just $190 per year, it can give you the peace of mind you need in the face of disaster.

You pay a premium based on the contents you have inside your home or apartment. The more belongings you have, the higher your premium. The size of the rental space also plays a role, as a larger space gives way to more injuries and potential liabilities.

  • Which states have the highest and lowest average renters insurance premiums?
    The highest renters insurance premiums are found in Mississippi. Even though we say the "highest," it's still just $262 per year. This is $1,488 less per year than homeowners insurance.

    You'll find the lowest renters insurance premiums in North Dakota. There, residents pay an average of $114 per year.

  • Does owning a pet increase renters insurance?
    Renters insurance often doesn't cover damages caused by a pet. The breed and your state of residence determine if you need a separate rider, which will increase your premium. Talk to your agent about the specifics of your state and the type of dog you have to make sure you are covered.

  • Is there a limit for personal loss on a renters policy?
    Don't make the mistake of assuming all of your personal belongings are covered on your renters insurance. If you have valuables, make sure you let the agent know. You may need a separate rider on those items to make sure you receive enough coverage should you need it.

Bottom Line

No matter the type of insurance you need, make sure you shop around. The averages can give you a guide, but your individual situation determines your actual premium.

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Chase Total Checking Account Bonus

by Liz Pham @ Bank Deal Guy

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Discover Bank Review: CD Rates and Savings

by feedback@creditdonkey.com (Lee M) @ CreditDonkey

Discover offers high interest rates on its online savings and CD accounts. But there are some downsides. Here's what you need to know before you open an account.

Traditional savings accounts pay very little interest. If you want to earn a more impactful return on your savings, online banks often offer higher rates.

In this article, we will look at how you can use Discover's Online Savings Accounts and CDs to help grow your savings.

How It Works

Discover offers high yield savings accounts and Certificates of Deposit (CDs). Both earn a higher interest rate than a typical savings account. However, the two products work in fundamentally different ways.

  • Discovers Online Savings Accounts can earn up to a 1.40% annual percentage yield (APY). They work much like typical savings accounts, except that Discover does not have any physical branch locations.

  • Discover's CDs require you to deposit your savings for a set period of time. Withdrawing funds from a CD before the term has ended will incur a penalty. Also, CDs often have a higher minimum deposit than savings accounts. Due to these requirements, some CDs earn a higher APY than savings accounts.

Now that we've covered the basics, let's get into the specifics.

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Online Investor Savings

Discover is an online bank, so they don't have many of the overhead costs that brick-and-mortar banks do. This allows Discover to offer no minimum deposit and a high APY on its Online Savings Account. Here are some additional details:

  • 1.40% APY
  • No minimum deposit
  • No account opening fees
  • No monthly maintenance fees
  • Daily compounding interest
  • Free online and mobile banking
  • FDIC insured

As with any savings account, you'll be limited to 6 withdrawals per month. This is a federally-imposed limitation.

If you need to withdraw money from your Discover savings account, you have a few options: internal Discover transfers, external transfers to another bank, wire transfers, and mailed checks.

Is Discover Safe?: Discover is FDIC insured. This means that if Discover defaults, the federal government guarantees the balance in your savings account, up to $250,000.

Certificate of Deposit (CD)

For CDs, you must deposit a fixed amount of money for a fixed amount of time.

There are a few key factors to consider when deciding on a CD: the term length, the minimum deposit, and the APY. Discover also offers some retirement account qualified CDs, which can be a good option to supplement your retirement savings. Contact your financial professional to see if these retirement options are right for you.

Here are your options:

  • Term CDs: Discover's basic CDs are available in 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 30 months, and 3-, 4-, 5, 7- or 10-year terms. They require a minimum deposit of $2,500, and their APY range from .35% to 2.45%.

  • IRA CDs: Discover offers a retirement account qualified CD option as well, if you qualify. Both Roth (post-tax) and Traditional (pre-tax) options are offered. Terms and APY of these products are similar to that of Discover’s term CDs.

Why We Like Discover

Here are a few things that we like about Discover's online savings accounts and CDs:

  • Low minimum deposits: If you have just started saving or want to set aside a small balance, Discover can be a great choice. Their Online Savings have no minimum balance requirements at all. Their deposits for term CDs and IRA CDs are some of the lowest in the industry.

  • High rates: Discover's Online Savings offers such a high APY that it outperforms some of their short-term CDs. This is great news for anyone looking to save, but especially for those who can't pay the high minimum deposits that some other banks require. And if you meet a higher minimum deposit, you can earn as much as 2.45% APY on a CD, depending on term length.

  • Minimal fees: Discover cuts out many fees that other banks profit from. For example, you will not be charged any account opening or maintenance fees.

  • Retirement options: Discover offers IRA CDs, which can be utilized in a retirement planning strategy.

Reasons You Might Skip Discover Savings

For all of Discover's advantages, there are some downsides that need to be considered:

  • No branch locations: In exchange for the high interest rate on your online savings account, you are required to do your Discover banking online or over the phone.

  • No ATM card: Discover Savings does not provide an ATM card for easy withdrawals. This could be a good thing so you’re not tempted to spend your money. But if you like that convenience, look into their Money Market account instead. Or there are some other online savings accounts that come with an ATM card.

  • No Relationship Rewards: Some retail banks in the U.S. are now offering relationship bonuses to incentivize their customers to keep all of their business in one place. If you move your savings balance to Discover from your retail bank, you may miss out on some of these relationship bonuses. Contact your bank for more details.

Common Questions

If you're still interested, you probably have some questions. We'll clear up some of the basics here:

  • Should I open a CD or savings account?
    This is a really broad question and everyone has different investment goals. The decision comes down to how much you're looking to set aside, how much risk you are willing to take, and how much you'll need to access your savings.

    If you can commit to not touching your savings for at least 1 year and can meet the minimum deposit, you may be able to earn a higher interest rate with a CD versus a savings account. If you need liquidity, a savings account gives you more flexibility to withdraw your savings when needed.

  • How can I deposit funds with Discover Bank?
    For savings accounts, there are a few ways to deposit funds: deposit checks with your mobile device, transfer from Discover checking, transfer from an external account, mail a check, or set up a direct deposit to your new account. For term CDs, you can transfer from Discover checking, transfer from an external account, transfer by phone, or mail a check. For IRA CDs, contact Discover for instructions on how to fund a Discover IRA account.

  • What is the penalty for early withdrawals from Term CDs?
    It depends on the term of your CD. Here's how it breaks down:

    • Terms less than 1 year: 3 months' interest on the amount withdrawn
    • Terms from 1 year to <4 years: 6 months' interest on the amount withdrawn
    • Terms over 4 years to <5 years: 9 months' interest on the amount withdrawn
    • Terms over 5 years to <7 years: 18 months' interest on the amount withdrawn
    • Terms over 7 years and greater: 24 months' interest on the amount withdrawn

Bottom Line

If you're ready to start building your savings, then you should consider if Discover's Online Savings Accounts or CDs are right for you.

Even if you only have $1 in savings, you can start earning interest in a high yield savings account. Or, if you have at least $2,500 set aside and aren't concerned about liquidity, you can earn an even greater return with a CD.

Discover's savings offerings might not be the right savings product for you, but if you're looking to earn interest above that of a standard savings account, opening a savings accounts or CD from Discover is an investment option worth considering.

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by Anthony Nguyen @ Bank Deal Guy

Need a checking designed to help you easily manage your everyday banking needs & earn internet? You can with the Chase Premier Plus CheckingSM Account. Need more than basic checking with online bill pay and mobile banking? Not only can this checking account earn you interest, but you’ll also save money on ATM fees and other select... Read More →

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Checking Deal Pays 1.4% For Six Months

by Susan Ladika @ Checking Accounts – CD Rates | Certificate of Deposit Rates

The bank's Yield Pledge Checking isn't a rewards account, so there are no hoops to jump through, and there's no minimum balance or monthly fees.

First Bank Financial Centre Business Checking Bonus: $300 Promotion (Wisconsin only)

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Available for business owners of Wisconsin, First Bank Financial Centre is currently offering residents of Wisconsin a generous $300 bonus when you sign up and open any new Business Checking Account. All you have to do to get started is open any new business account at your nearest branch or online, and then have at least 50... Keep Reading↠

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Chase Business Checking Account $200 Banking Bonus

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There is a brand-new offer for a $200 bonus when you open a Chase Total Business Checking account (or any Chase business checking account), deposit $1,000 within 10 business days of account opening, maintain that $1,000 balance for 60 days, and complete 5 qualifying transactions within 60 days, including debit card purchases, Chase QuickDeposit, ACH (credits), and wires (credits and debits). [Read More] Chase Business Checking Account $200 Banking Bonus

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New Checking Account Is Savings Worthy

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Boston-based Radius Bank is billing its new Hybrid account as a cross between a savings account and a checking account.

A Beginner’s Guide to Monetizing a Hobby

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Making extra money from a side hustle can be extremely gratifying, especially if it’s something you love doing. And it seems like it’s never been easier to pick up side gigs or monetize your hobbies. There are 57.3 million freelancers in the U.S., according to a 2017 survey commissioned by the Freelancers Union and Upwork, … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Monetizing a Hobby

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by Jonathan Ping @ My Money Blog

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by Vanessa @ Cash Cow Couple

Historically, real estate has outperformed the S&P 500, making it one of the best investment vehicles around. The benefits of investing in real estate are many: real estate investors can use a mortgage to fund the purchase of investment properties, and in a good market, real estate can all but guarantee a steady cash flow. …

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Best Bank Account Bonuses For February 2018 | Bankrate.com

Best Bank Account Bonuses For February 2018 | Bankrate.com


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Self Lender Review: Is It Good?

by feedback@creditdonkey.com (Kim P) @ CreditDonkey

Self Lender promises to help you build credit. But is it legit? Read this review to learn how it works.

If you don't have a credit history, creditors probably won't give you a chance. How can you build credit without someone giving you a break?

Enter Self Lender - a credit monitoring and credit building system that helps people with low or damaged credit increase their credit score.

Read on to see if Self Lender might be the right service for you.

What Is Self Lender?

Self Lender is a free credit monitoring system. But they also offer credit building loans. This is where they make their money.

Self Lender's credit monitoring service gives you on-demand access to your credit score. It gives you access to your credit history at all times. Self Lender also offers suggestions on how to improve your credit. They provide all of this free of cost.

However, the credit building loan is the real meat and potatoes of Self Lender. They provide loans regardless of your credit score. The main purpose of the loan is to build or improve a low credit score. In other words, they give you a chance no matter how many other lenders turned you down.

How Self Lender Works

The Self Lender loan isn't your typical loan. Think of it like a loan in reverse. You don't receive the proceeds from the loan upfront. Instead, it's placed in a Certificate of Deposit for you. The maturity date equals the term of the loan.

You then make payments over the course of the term of the loan (12 to 24 months). Your payments are both principal and interest. At the end of the term, the CD matures. You receive the principal, plus the small amount of interest it gained during that time.

As you make payments, Self Lender reports them to Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. If you make your payments on time, this will help build up your credit score.

Some people think of it like a forced savings program. In order to receive the savings, you have to make timely loan payments. At the end of the term, you will receive the principal amount paid for the loan.

Who Benefits from Self Lender?

Self Lender is ideal for people who have little to no credit. If you've ever tried to apply for credit only to be turned down because you don't have any credit, you are a good candidate. How are you supposed to prove you are credit worthy if no one will extend credit?

This is where Self Lender helps the most. They don't pull your credit to determine eligibility.

It can also be a good option for those with damaged credit. With a poor credit history, many creditors will turn you down for new credit. Without new credit, it's nearly impossible to rectify your score. Self Lender can help by providing you with the credit building loan.

Before you jump on board though, make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • You are at least 18-years old
  • You have a valid bank account
  • You can afford the monthly payments that vary between $25 - $194 per month
  • You could benefit from a forced-savings account

Opening an Account and What It Costs

Opening a Self Lender account takes about five minutes. They need the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Amount of income

Once you provide this information, Self Lender runs a check on ChexSystems. Similar to running your credit, this system checks your bank account history. This keeps an eye on how you treat your bank accounts. They look for overdrafts and bad checks. However, unless you let your overdrafts sit unpaid, you should be in good shape.

If your ChexSystems report comes back clean, Self Lender will ask you which loan amount you want from a predetermined list of options:

  • $525 ($25 paid over 24 months)
  • $545 ($48 paid over 12 months)
  • $1,000 ($89 monthly payment over 12 months)
  • $2,200 ($194 monthly payment over 12 months)

You then enter your payment information. You can use a checking account or debit card. However, using a debit card will cost you an additional 2.99% plus $0.30 as a convenience fee. Using your checking account is best.

Self Lender also charges a small administrative fee based on your loan amount. It varies between $9 and $15. The fee is non-refundable, but is a one-time fee.

How the Credit Builder Loan Helps

The moment you take out the Credit Builder Loan, you have a FDIC-insured Certificate of Deposit opened in your name. Like any other CD, you cannot touch the money until it reaches maturity. In this case, it's 12 or 24 months.

The bank deposits the full amount in the CD, allowing it to earn 0.10% interest over the next 12-24 months. While the interest is really peanuts, the real benefit lies in the payments you make towards the loan.

As long as you make each loan payment on time, Self Lender reports the timely payments to the credit bureaus. According to Self Lender, on average clients with the standard $1,100 loan and timely payments see their credit score increase as much as 45 points in just 6 months.

This only works, however, if all aspects of your credit are in line. For example, if you have a credit card with another company that you let default, your credit score will fall. This is independent of what the Credit Builder loan can do for you. It's up to you how you handle all aspects of your credit profile.

Tip: It's best if you do not pay the Credit Builder Loan early. The main benefit is the timely payments reported to the credit bureau. If you pay it off early, you negate the benefits of the loan. Plus, you cannot touch the CD until maturity or you risk paying a penalty.

Pros and Cons of Self Lender

As with any financial product, there are pros and cons of Self Lender.

Pros

  • All payments are reported to the credit bureau to help you build a credit profile.
  • You have a "forced" savings account.
  • You don't need a credit check to get approved.
  • The upfront administrative fee is affordable.
  • The interest rate is often less than that of a credit card.
  • An installment loan may diversify your credit mix, which further helps your credit score.

Cons

  • If you have a negative history with bank accounts, you may not qualify.
  • Late payments are reported to the credit bureaus and could damage your credit.
  • It costs you 5% per monthly payment if you miss the grace period of 15 days.
  • The interest earned on the CD is next to nothing.
  • You have to pay to take out the loan versus other free ways to build credit.

How It Compares to Other Options to Build Credit

Self Lender isn't the only way consumers with thin or damaged credit can build credit.

  • Secured credit card: This option isn't free upfront, but it can be if handled correctly. Your credit line equals your deposit. You can find secured credit cards that require as little as $200 deposited. If you pay the balance off each month, you don't pay any interest. You can also get your deposit back if you upgrade or close your account.

  • Co-signer on a loan: If you have a willing co-signer for a loan, you may be able to get approved for a standard credit card or installment loan.

  • Authorized user: Ask to become an authorized user on a parent, sibling, or other close relative's credit card. Make sure you ask the credit card company beforehand if they report payment history for authorized users, though.

Bottom Line

If you've exhausted all other "free" options to build credit, Self Lender can be helpful. If you don't have anyone who can co-sign a loan or make you an authorized user, you have two options: a secured credit card or Self Lender. If you don't have the money to open a secured credit card, Self Lender may offer the lower cost way to build your credit.

Make sure before you take this option that you can afford the monthly payments. Paying for a loan that you will only pay late will damage your credit score and cost you money. When taken responsibly, though, the service can help you improve your score in a short amount of time.

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BBVA Compass Bank 12-Month Certificate of Deposit Account: Earn 1.50% APY [Nationwide]

by Danny Nguyen @ Bank Deal Guy

Available nationwide, you can earn 1.50% APY when you open up a new 12-Month CD Account with BBVA Compass Bank! Below is all the information and details you need to open your BBVA Compass Bank 12-Month Certificate of Deposit Account to earn 1.50% APY! Editor’s Note: See our full list of BBVA Compass Bank Deals, Bonuses, Rates, and Promotions. BBVA Compass Bank... Read More →

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Pick A Southeast Checking Account Bonus: $200 For You Or $300 For Charity

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The Synovus family of 28 banks in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee is offering a checking account bonus to new customers through the end of the year.

3% Checking In Wisconsin, Michigan

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Watch Out for This New Tax Scam

by KaToya Fleming @ MagnifyMoney

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Get Free Money With These 5 Bank Promotions

Get Free Money With These 5 Bank Promotions


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$150 Checking Bonus at First Tennessee Bank

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Get $150 checking bonus when open a new First Tennessee Bank checking account by April 30, 2018. You will need to make opening account of $300 and direct deposit as qualification merit. How do you get the $150 checking bonus promotion at First Tennessee Bank? You must open the checking account online here. If you unable to […]

Bank of the West $150 New Checking Account Bonus

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Bank of the West is offering $150 in bonus cash when you open a new personal checking account online or in-branch, set up a direct deposit of at least $250, and make 10 debit card purchases per month for 2 months.

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Synchrony Bank High Yield Savings Account Review

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by Hilary Tran @ Bank Deal Guy

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Stay Safe in a Turbulent Market with Certificates of Deposit

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