Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

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.

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.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 1:00 pm
By David McMillin · Bankrate.com

Worried about the potential for losing your debit card or falling victim to a financial scam during the busy holiday shopping season? Find out how to stay safe.

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.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 3:35 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Louisiana residents who got tax refunds via the state’s My Refund Visa debit card might have been hacked.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 5:00 pm
By Allison Ross · Bankrate.com

Students should look for checking features that will keep them more connected to their budget and their account balances,

Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:00 pm
By Allison Ross · Bankrate.com

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau again has raised concerns about overdraft protections at banks, today releasing a report that says small debit card purchases lead to expensive overdraft fees. “Today’s report shows that consumers who opt in to overdraft coverage put themselves at serious risk when they use their debit card,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:30 pm
By Allison Ross · Bankrate.com

Being a good Samaritan can be difficult, as Bankrate’s Jessica Patel found out recently. After finding a lost debit card on the subway, editor Patel called the number on the back to report it as lost. But rather than a quick phone call, she found herself facing Chase Bank’s automated phone system, which did not

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