Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

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.

Friday, January 09, 2015 6:00 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Billionaire oilman Harold Hamm wrote the check, for exactly $974,790,317.77, to settle a divorce with his ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall.

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.

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