Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Friday, April 12, 2013 5:12 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Banks have made some progress in strengthening their balance sheets since last year, according to Bankrate’s latest Safe & Sound ratings.

Friday, November 16, 2012 4:35 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

In the next few months, banks will be subjected to a stress test that will pit their balance sheets against an economic obstacle course.

Monday, May 07, 2012 5:17 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

One Florida bank is offering CD investors a brand-new Mercedes for opening up a $1 million CD.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 4:54 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

We may be finally coming to the end of the instability that wracked the American banking system. As my colleague David McMillan blogged earlier this month, the FDIC’s numbers for bank failures were way down in 2011. On top of that, last month, the FDIC’s board cut the 2012 operating budget for the organization by

Friday, December 30, 2011 1:59 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

It looks like credit unions are taking advantage of an influx of new customers to shore up their balance sheets. Bankrate’s latest Safe & Sound Star Ratings show more credit unions getting the highest possible five-star ratings. Banks and thrifts also showed improvement overall, but fewer got the highest possible rating, according to Greg McBride,