Online Banking

5 Things the Best Online Banks Have in Common

Now that you’ve decided to take advantage of the benefits of online banks, it’s time to choose the right one. Although doing business with an online bank has the potential to maximize your earnings and streamline your financial life, not all online banks are created equal. Here’s what to look for as you evaluate your […]

Online Banking

5 Reasons Why Online Banking Is a Smart Switch

You probably do much of your banking online already—regardless of the type of bank you use. So what’s stopping you from enjoying all the benefits of an online-only bank? Although online banks have a lot in common with their brick-and-mortar counterparts, there are a few key features that could tip the scale for you in […]

Online Banking

Identity Theft: How to Detect Fraud and What to Do Next

No one wants to become a victim of identity theft. But if it happens to you, be prepared to take action. In addition to following precautions to protect your identity, you need to know how to spot fraudulent activity and take action if you suspect your personal information has been compromised. How to spot suspicious […]

Savings Accounts

Understanding Savings Accounts

  As a money management tool, a savings account is one of the essentials—a fundamental part of your financial toolbox. Chances are you have one already, but it’s a good idea to review the basics periodically. Understanding savings accounts can help you use them more effectively to meet your savings goals. Savings accounts at a […]

Online Banking

How to Create Secure Passwords (You’ll Actually Remember)

Managing an endless stream of passwords is now a fact of modern life. It’s easy to get complacent and oh so tempting to keep using the same one on repeat. But experts warn that strong passwords are key to keeping your personal information safe. It’s time to commit to creating secure passwords for all of […]

Savings Accounts

Beyond the Piggy Bank: Best Children’s Savings Accounts

  Ah, saving. It’s probably the most important money lesson kids can learn. So you’ve taught them to set some of their allowance aside, and now the piggy bank is full. Here are some answers to questions you may have about taking the next step and opening an online savings account for your child. What […]

Online Banking

Serious Security: How Online Banks Keep Your Money Safe

Of all the things you want to keep safe, your financial information is surely near the top of the list. Online banks know protecting your financial information is serious business. They use a combination of cutting edge technology and industry best practices to protect your personal and financial information. While individual banks approach security in […]

Savings Accounts

Do Multiple Savings Accounts Make Sense for You?

Are you saving for a home? Putting money away for a dream vacation? Maybe you want to get ahead of the holiday season or prepare for upcoming wedding expenses. To keep your specific goals aligned—and to track your progress in each—you might consider opening multiple savings accounts. How many savings accounts can I open? The […]

Savings Accounts

Money Market Accounts vs. Savings Accounts

First of all, be proud of yourself—your money-savvy habits have paid off and now you have some savings to set aside. You have plenty of choices when it comes to managing that hard-earned cash. Two of the most common places to deposit your savings are money market accounts and savings accounts. While these two types of […]

Options

Long Call Spread Strategies

A long call spread gives you the right to buy stock at strike price A and obligates you to sell the stock at strike price B if assigned. This strategy is an alternative to buying a long call. Selling a cheaper call with higher-strike B helps to offset the cost of the call you buy […]