Online Banking

You Use Online Reviews for Everything. So Why Not for the Best Place to Keep Your Money?

You’ll quiz friends, family, and social media followers about whether the new iPhone is worth it. And you’ll deal with a grumbling stomach while scrolling through Yelp reviews in order to find the best burrito, Chinese takeout, or BBQ. But when it comes to choosing where to store your cold, hard cash, those investigative skills […]

Finance Basics

How to Prepare For (and Get Through) Unexpected Money Emergencies

The unexpected can cause a financial crisis in any household. And, unfortunately, they tend to come on quick. Cue a natural disaster, like a hurricane, or widespread economic downturn, like the market crash in 2008, or a government shutdown. Even a sudden job loss or an illness—any of these could lead to a disruption in […]

Career

When Calm and Reliable Employees Equal Happy Customers

Work is taxing. After all, it’s called work for a reason. But some jobs can be more stressful than others. For the Ally employees working at our call center in Jacksonville, Florida, the day-to-day responsibilities of the job can be challenging. They often have to have difficult conversations with customers about their money to help […]

IRA

Which IRA Is Right for You?

Some decisions don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Choosing chocolate or vanilla (or double-fudge mint brownie supreme) will mainly affect your tastebuds, after all. Others require a bit more thinking, especially when it comes to your finances—and retirement plan. Any time Uncle Sam offers to give you a break on your taxes, you […]

Saving

When It Comes to Your Money, Are You Really a Saver?

Savers sock away money. Whether it’s for retirement, a child’s college education, or short-term financial goals, they live by the mantras “a penny saved is a penny earned” and “pay yourself first.” And they certainly know how powerful it is to start saving at a young age, thanks to the magic of compounding. But when […]

Finance Basics

Newlyweds’ Guide to Financially “Happily Ever After”

After months of planning, (do you really need a double boiler on your registry?) to saying, “I do,” to writing thank you notes— finally— you’re able to slip into newlywed bliss. You can keep the lovey-dovey grin on your face. But we know, you’re not naïve. Now the real work begins. Couples bicker. After all, […]

Saving

Your A to Z Guide on How to Save Money on Just About Everything

When you dive deep into anything—exercise, photography, or even something niche like making your own beer—you gain a deeper appreciation for the nuances. The same goes for personal finance. As you learn more about managing money and building a stable financial future, you realize just how many little choices we make each day that affect […]

Ally News

When Your Car Breaks Down, Your Life Breaks Down

 It’s the little moments that can matter most to you. When caught up in an important moment, the last thing you want to do is deal with the hassle of an unexpected vehicle issue. Such an inconvenience can do more than just interrupt your special occasion. Adding insult to injury, an unexpected vehicle repair […]

Saving

The 50/30/20 Plan: Budgeting You Can Actually Stick With

Budgeting is like exercise: we all understand it’s importance. But exercising consistently can be a struggle. And, like popular fitness programs like SoulCycle or Vinyasa Yoga, budgeting can also seem intimidating and complicated. But it doesn’t have to be. Budgeting can be as simple as you want to make it. Yet, beginners often jump right […]

Trading

The Ups and Downs of Market Volatility — and How to Keep It from Ruling Your Investment Strategy

It’s nearly impossible to hop on Twitter or turn on the nightly news without hearing about the stock market. One day the S&P 500 is up, the next day the Dow Jones is down. One financial expert predicts this bull market — the longest on record — will continue for the foreseeable future. Another encourages […]

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