Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

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.

Friday, October 03, 2014 5:19 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke recently admitted he was rejected for a refinance on his Washington, D.C., home. What does that say about the mortgage market?

Tags: Mortgages, news
Friday, October 03, 2014 4:15 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Chase admitted yesterday that data from 76 million households and 7 million businesses were compromised by hackers.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 11:44 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

That $199 price Apple CEO Tim Cook proudly announces every year for the latest and greatest iPhone every year doesn’t include lots of stuff: larger monthly payments to pay off the remaining cost of the phone, all the data that phone is going to gobble up — or the hundreds you may spend repairing it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:38 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

If there’s one piece of technology that’s most strongly identified with the millennial generation, it’s the smartphone. At any gathering of 20-somethings, you’re likely to see faces buried in phones, or arms extended to take a selfie or Instagram video. New research conducted by Zogby and commissioned by Mitek Systems, a mobile technology company that

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