Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:30 pm
By Kay Bell ·

Illinois’ comptroller is making the state’s tax collection and spending more transparent.

Thursday, December 05, 2013 1:19 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps ·

Detroit municipal workers and Illinois state employees worry their pensions may pay less than promised.

Monday, November 07, 2011 11:21 am
By Mitch Strohm ·

Interest rates climbed slightly this week, pushing the average 60-month auto loan up to 5.34 percent. Loans are at near record lows right now, making it a good time to finance. Of course, it’s always better to pay cash for a car if you can afford it. To find the best auto loan rates in

Friday, October 28, 2011 10:32 am
By Mitch Strohm ·

Money market account yields aren’t moving up anytime soon, but they serve as a decent place to keep your savings while looking for future investments. If you’re looking for an account insured by the FDIC, use our rates survey to look for money market accounts in Quincy, IL. Money market accounts might be safer than

Friday, October 28, 2011 9:38 am
By Clare Mallen ·

Having trouble paying your mortgage and contemplating a refinance in Naperville, IL? Refinancing can be tricky so utilize calculators, tools and guides to help guide you in all aspects of refinancing. Trying to gauge how long will it take to break even on a mortgage refinance? We provide a mortgage break-even refinance calculator to guide your

Saturday, October 22, 2011 12:00 pm
By Mitch Strohm ·

While it’s always a good choice to pay off a car upfront, low rates are making it easier to afford the interest payments. Auto loan rates in Peoria, IL, jumped up slightly this week, but you can still find a great deal – especially if you have good credit. Make sure to shop around thoroughly

Sunday, October 16, 2011 10:47 am
By Clare Mallen ·

Thinking about a refinance in Quincy, IL? Let us assist in your decision; we make the refinance process easier with our tools and calculators. Rates can change throughout the day and week, but our easy search function allows to you to check local refinancing rates. As mortgage rates change, we can help you find the best deal for

Monday, September 19, 2011 1:13 pm
By Mitch Strohm ·

Money market accounts are still low across the nation, making it difficult for anyone looking to save. Finding a money market account with a decent yield can be tough to do, but if you’re looking for money market accounts in Champaign, IL, our rates survey can help. Although rates are low, money market accounts are

Monday, September 05, 2011 11:43 am
By Mitch Strohm ·

If you want to save for the long-term, a money market account might be your best bet. Money market accounts in Elgin, IL, are currently at an average of 0.15 percent, but several institutions are offering better-than-average rates. Money market accounts are insured by the FDIC up to $250,000, making them a safe investment. Look

Thursday, August 18, 2011 11:32 am
By Mitch Strohm ·

If you’re willing to take a bit of risk with your money, stocks can offer much better returns. But if you’re looking to save, a money market account might be what you’re looking for. Money market accounts in Peoria, IL, are currently at an average of 0.15 percent, but many national and online banks are

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