Credit

How to Build and Maintain a Good Credit Score

Your credit score is a three-digit number that shows how well you handle and pay back debt. Paying back debt includes things like mortgage payments, small personal loans, car payments and credit card payments. It’s one of the most important numbers a lender will want to know if you apply to borrow money. In order […]

Credit

What is a Good Credit Score?

Have you ever wondered, “What’s a good credit score?” It’s a normal question, especially if you’re thinking about buying a house, car or getting approved for a credit card. Before we get started, let’s go over what a “credit score” is. Your credit score is a three-digit number that shows, among other things, how you […]

Financial News

How loud will the market roar?

The S&P 500 is down more than 20% so far this year. In June alone, stocks are off 8% with the once-beloved Energy sector coming under fire. The good news is that many commodity prices are in retreat,  which should help stem the rise in the inflation rate. What’s troubling, though, is the drop in […]

Technology

The Tech Behind Our New, Smart Savings Tools

If you could make saving money easier with the click of a button, would you? The idea sounds great — but offers like that usually sound too good to be true, right? With the incredible technology available to you today through online banking, however, it doesn’t have to seem out of reach. So, what are […]

New Home

What is an appraisal gap? Everything you need to know

If you’re on the hunt for a new home, you already know: It’s tough out there. Low inventory over the last two years led to bidding wars and rapidly increasing home prices throughout the country. What’s more, even if you manage to outbid the competition and get your offer accepted, you could find yourself in […]

Estate Planning

Estate planning checklist: 9 steps to prepare

Is an estate plan right for you and your family? It’s a great question and possibly one of the most important questions you can ask. That’s because an estate plan outlines your wishes, usually allowing your assets and debts to be easily settled for your family in the event of your death. An estate plan […]

Financial News

Spending more and saving less: Time for an inflation check-up

Welcome to Money Moves. I’m digging into all things money — moves that can impact you, links and insights. What Happened: Inflation is officially the top concern of most Americans. Higher prices have already overstayed their welcome, especially with the cost of gas and food seriously cutting into our budgets. In May, gas prices were up almost […]

Ally News

Unleashing creative superpowers at The Milestone Summit

In May Ally teamed with Milestone Media and DC to host aspiring comic book writers and artists at the Milestone Summit, a weeklong program where they were able to develop their skills and learn more about the industry. The program is part of the The Milestone Initiative aimed at championing the next generation of diverse […]

New Home

2022 First-Time Homebuyer Tax Deductions and Credits

As home prices across the country continue to increase, many potential first-time homebuyers are weighing the pros and cons of becoming a homeowner. While the high price tag may seem like a big hurdle, some tax benefits of homeownership can make the investment worthwhile in the long run. And if you already own a home, […]

Travel

Should you invest money for your next vacation?

What’s more relaxing than daydreaming about a fun excursion? It could be a summer vacation, spring break, heading home to see family around the holidays or even planning an elaborate anniversary or birthday trip. Saving for a trip is usually a no brainer. Socking away your cash to fund a dream vacation can be one […]

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