Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Friday, March 20, 2015 4:27 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Is that a teller in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? New mobile banking tech lets you chat face to face with a teller on your mobile device.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 4:26 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

The big selling point for arbitration has been that reducing legal costs by blocking customer lawsuits would result in lower prices for consumers. But that hasn’t been the case.

Friday, March 06, 2015 5:47 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

To ensure the nation’s largest banks won’t crumble in the next big economic downturn, the Fed put the nation’s biggest banks through a tough stress test.

Monday, March 02, 2015 11:15 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Of any checking account feature, customers rated debit cards as the most essential. A whopping 60 percent said they couldn’t image living without a debit card.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 5:16 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

A new report released by the Treasury’s Office of Financial Research scores banks on the scale of risk they pose to the financial system, and Chase came in at No. 1 overall by a wide margin.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 2:52 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

An EMV card with a smart chip loaded with encryption technology is difficult for anyone to clone at any price, let alone your run-of-the-mill petty criminal.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

The Federal Reserve is forming task forces to combat the two biggest problems in America’s ’70s-era payment system: slow speeds and slack security.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 8:50 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Not the type to do your banking on a phone or tablet? You’re now in a shrinking minority. More than half now use mobile banking twice a week or more.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 10:40 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

A poll released this week by the Progressive Change Institute showed 58 percent of Americans support breaking up big banks like Citigroup.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 6:00 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

The CFPB is working on a tool to help colleges strike deals with banks that don’t stick students with high fees and skimpy features.

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