Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

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.

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.

Tags: Banking, banks, news
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.

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