Banking Blog

Check in regularly for the latest news on everything banking, including prepaid cards, regulations, checking account practices, mobile banking, ATMs, security, the Federal Reserve's policies and virtual currencies like bitcoin. Reporters and analysts also provide commentary and tips for managing your personal finances and how to make the most of your money and your banking relationships. See the latest Banking Blog posts below.
Monday, April 6, 2015 3:07 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

The Amazon Dash Button will make ordering household products ridiculously easy. That’s great for lazy people, but not so good for responsible debit card use.

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Friday, March 20, 2015 4:27 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Is that a teller in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? New mobile banking tech lets you chat face to face with a teller on your mobile device.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 4:26 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

The big selling point for arbitration has been that reducing legal costs by blocking customer lawsuits would result in lower prices for consumers. But that hasn’t been the case.

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Friday, March 6, 2015 5:47 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

To ensure the nation’s largest banks won’t crumble in the next big economic downturn, the Fed put the nation’s biggest banks through a tough stress test.

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Monday, March 2, 2015 11:15 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Of any checking account feature, customers rated debit cards as the most essential. A whopping 60 percent said they couldn’t image living without a debit card.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 11:18 am
By David McMillin · Bankrate.com

A new survey shows that young military members are positioning themselves for long-term personal finance success.

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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.

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Friday, February 13, 2015 2:00 pm
By David McMillin · Bankrate.com

As Valentine’s Day approaches, a new study looks at how saving and spending philosophies impact relationships.

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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.

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Friday, February 6, 2015 4:53 pm
By David McMillin · Bankrate.com

Is your family playing a dangerous game by keeping a low savings account balance? If so, you’re not alone.

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