Guest Voices

Jim Wang’s 6 Frugal Moves That Aren’t Worth It

I like to save in some areas of my life so I can splurge on others. For example, as an entrepreneur with a limited amount of time, it surprises some of my friends that I take care of our landscaping duties. We have a sizable yard, probably around an acre, and with a riding mower […]

New Home

Should You Buy or Rent Your First Home?

It’s an age-old question: Should I buy or rent? And while the age-old answer has been “buy, of course,” that’s not always the case for each person. Buying gives you a chance to build equity and get a return on your investment, but the threshold to purchase your first house is high — and it […]

Stocks

Holiday Market Moves: Santa Claus Rally or Seasonal Strength?

As we head into December, market strength is adding to the holiday cheer of investors. The S&P 500 is 24% higher year-to-date — its best year-to-date performance since 2013. Admittedly, that performance didn’t come easily as trade uncertainties, geopolitical issues, Federal Reserve policy, reduced corporate spending, and CEO confidence weighed on investors’ minds. In 2019, […]

Mutual Funds

When It Comes to ETFs vs. Mutual Funds, There’s No Favorite Child

If you’re a twin or have a sibling similar in age, chances are you were often mistaken for one another growing up. The same happens with mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Both are basket-like investments that promote diversification, are professionally managed, can earn (or lose) money, and charge fees. But they also have distinctive […]

Retirement

Want to Become Financially Free? The FIRE Movement’s Saving Plan Can Help You Get There Sooner Than Expected

How does retiring in your 40s sound? Or 50s? Probably too good to be true, right? Even though Social Security benefits can kick in at age 62, most Americans don’t expect to leave the workforce until years (or even decades) after that. A big reason why: the need to save a significant amount of money […]

Finance Basics

What Your Investment Portfolio and Thanksgiving Dinner Have in Common

Thanksgiving: The one day of the year it’s perfectly acceptable to indulge in all of your favorite dishes. But if you overdo it on turkey or take a risk on that interesting looking mushroom dish, you might miss your chance on apple pie. So, what’s your strategy when picking which dishes to dive into? In […]

Ally News

Banksgiving: Delivering Big Surprises to Customers Who Give Back to Their Communities

Do you remember the last time someone genuinely thanked you? Went out of their way to recognize your contributions and express their gratitude? Chances are that heartfelt phone call from your BFF, warm email from a coworker, or plate of cookies from your neighbor was a welcome surprise that put a smile on your face […]

Checking

How Do Interest-Bearing Checking Accounts Work?

You know the trusty sidekick every superhero has? The one who does all the work and gets none of the glory? Chances are, that’s how your checking account functions in your personal banking strategy. But what if we told you there’s a way to earn interest without all the transaction limitations that come with savings […]

Guest Voices

Jim Wang’s 5 Things You Shouldn’t Overpay For

My mom loves finding a good deal. As a kid, we’d frequently shop at Marshall’s to find deals on clothing. I didn’t know, or care, that Marshall’s was a discount clothing store. My mom enjoyed it because we found high-quality clothing without paying high-quality prices! For her, it was like a treasure hunt where you […]

Home Improvement

What Is America’s Favorite Room in the House?

Whether you’re trying to up your home’s resale value or just want to upgrade for your own enjoyment, it can be hard to decide which room to renovate. The kitchen? The living room? Or maybe … the bathroom?  It might sound silly, but according to our recent survey, the master bathroom is one of people’s favorite […]

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