Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:10 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Ransomware does exactly what it sounds like it does. It: holds your computer and the data on it hostage until you pay up.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 2:17 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Depositing checks on a mobile device can be convenient, but consumers should be aware of these issues.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 2:00 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Since the financial crisis, banks have paid out more in fines and settlements than it cost to put a man on the moon.

Monday, November 24, 2014 6:00 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Bank employees who worked in core business units, such as investment banking, private banking or trading, were more dishonest than those who played support roles such as human resources.

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Monday, November 17, 2014 10:45 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

The average time spent waiting in a lobby rose from four minutes and 46 seconds to five minutes and eight seconds, an increase of 8 percent.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 6:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

There’s a loophole in the law that protects your bank debit card against errors, fraud and lost cards, and those protections don’t apply to most prepaid cards.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 1:30 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

A massive ID theft fraud ring recently brought down by law enforcement had gotten some help from hapless Instagram users who posted selfies with their paychecks.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:00 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

President Obama has signed an executive order directing the federal government to take some incremental steps to fight card fraud and identity theft.

Friday, October 17, 2014 6:00 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

The next debit card you get will probably have a little golden chip in it, and that’s a good thing.

Friday, October 10, 2014 2:30 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

A hacker gains access to a CD drive or USB port on the ATM itself, sometimes by actually breaking physical protections.

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