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Good banking deals are getting harder and harder to come by – and that won’t change for the better after the Federal Reserve kicks off its government bond buying spree. Yesterday, Fed officials floated a plan to spend $100 billion per month in monetary stimulus, primarily via the purchase of U.S. Treasury debt. Read more»
3 Safety Tips for Mobile Banking
By: Brian O'Connell
Mobile banking is kind of like what roller skates were to kids in the 1950s: Many want to try it, but the risk of looking silly is pretty high and the chance of getting hurt is pretty real. Not too worry, there are ways to make your mobile banking app work for you. Read more»
Deals of the Week: Oct. 6
By: Brian O'Connell
All eyes are on Friday’s upcoming U.S. Labor Department unemployment figures for September. Rumor has it that the jobless rate will climb from 9.6% to 9.7%, but past that, we’re seeing some solid evidence that the employment picture remains grim, and that’s not good news for bank rate investors. Read more»
Cash seems like a simple-enough concept — greenbacks, coins, numbers in a bank account. But it’s actually a bit more complicated than that, and when you think about cash, and what kinds of risks you’re willing to take for bigger yields, it pays to break your cash holdings into different categories, especially when yields are as low as they are today. For most people, cash is used for one, two or three purposes. Read more»
Maybe banks were up in arms over nothing. That’s one conclusion from a new study that says about half of all bank customers decided to opt-in for bank overdraft protection, protecting a key source of revenue for banks. The data comes from Ipsos-Reid, in a survey sponsored by the American Bankers Association that was released Aug. 31. Read more»
Financial Bailout Chief Resigns
By: The Associated Press
By Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Herb Allison, the head of the government's $700 billion financial bailout program, announced on Wednesday that he would resign. He is the latest in a series of departures from President Barack Obama's economic team. Read more»
What Would Warren Do?
By: Brian O'Connell
Now that Elizabeth Warren will be the special adviser for the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, what can consumers — as well as banks and credit card lenders — expect? Read more»
In a speech held in New York this week, JPMorgan (Stock Quote: JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon had a message for those Washington politicians pushing financial reform last June: Banks won't bear the brunt of financial reform, but bank consumers will. Is this a case of banks skipping accountability, or have politicians unwittingly set a trap where bank consumers will wind up footing the bill for financial reform? Read more»
Deals of the Week: Sept. 15
By: Brian O'Connell
After weeks — even months — of a steadily dour bank interest rate picture, we’re finally seeing some upward movement. Last week we saw mortgage rates rise, as measured by the sbup Weekly Mortgage Rate Tracker, with the bellwether 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rising by 36 basis points; from 4.489% to 4.525%, Read more»
Deals of the Week: Sept. 9
By: Brian O'Connell
Before we go into the Deals of the Week, I’d like to give a quick word on the economy as it relates to bank rates. The latest news comes from the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book, which says that while the U.S. economy is indeed growing, it’s at a much slower pace than other post-recession periods. Read more»
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