Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

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.

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.

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