Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Friday, November 26, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

And the Chevy Volt EGOTs! The new plug-in hybrid from GM this week polished off the automotive equivalent of an EGOT, the acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award winners made famous by TV’s “30 Rock” sitcom, this week. That’s because the Volt landed a place on Car and Driver’s annual, influential “10 Best”

Saturday, November 20, 2010 8:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

In addition to being the best time to buy a toaster for $5 at a door buster sale and the worst time to ship a package, this is the time of year when the automotive press begins rendering its verdicts on which car models represent the best and brightest offerings in the auto industry. This

Thursday, July 29, 2010 10:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

They may give environmentally conscious consumers everywhere a warm and fuzzy feeling in their stomachs, but electric and plug-in hybrid cars are deadly serious business for the automakers that have invested millions in their development and production. The Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf haven’t even appeared on American streets yet, and already competition is heating

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 4:09 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Just a quick note: General Motors has announced pricing for its Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid car. At $41,000, the base Volt is more expensive than industry insiders had speculated, and represents something of a gamble for GM. The General has spent $750 million developing this car, and if it prices the car out of the