IRA

Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA: How to Choose the One Best for You

IRAs­ can be valuable to your overall retirement plan due to their tax advantages. For the most part all you need is taxable income to get started. So how do you decide which is best? Compare Roth and traditional IRAs side by side.   While there are several types of IRAs, the most common by […]

Trading

African Americans Who Broke Barriers on Wall Street

It’s hard to imagine an industry with a history more patrician than that of Wall Street. For at least the first 150 years, it was a place that offered no opportunity for women or people of color. But as was the case in many industries throughout the 1940s, 50s and 60s, a small group of […]

New Home

How to Get Approved for Home Sweet Home

Preparing, financially, for a place to call home involves more than saving for a down payment or new living room furniture. Since your overall financial status helps determine your eligibility for a home loan, we recommend getting your finances in best shape before you apply for mortgage. Follow these tips to improving your overall financial […]

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 […]

Options

What Is Option Trading? 8 Things to Know Before You Trade

Investing with options— an advanced trader will tell you— is all about customization. Rewards can be high — but so can the risk— and your choices are plenty. But getting started isn’t easy, and there is potential for costly mistakes. Here’s a brief overview of option trading that cuts through the jargon and gets right […]

Trading

Investor Mindset Survey Results: Bye-Bye to the Bull and Bear?

The bull and bear have long been two symbolic beasts of investing and finance. But we wondered if today’s independent investors still relate to those symbols when it comes to their finances. So we asked. And we heard from more than 2,000 adults of all ages and income levels from different places around the U.S. […]

Technology

Innovative Banking On Your Terms

Since the beginning, we’ve focused on delivering a digital experience that allows our customers to bank on their terms. We’re there for our customers 24/7 – always online and by phone. And we continue to evolve our model to stay up to date with emerging technology. And now, we’re virtually everywhere– with one innovative banking […]

Trading

What Is Your Investing Animal Spirit?

When it comes to the mindset of an investor, times are changing. Our recent survey revealed, only one in 10 Americans say they consider themselves a bull or a bear when it comes to investing. What’s more, the vast majority of those surveyed believed their investing approach better aligns with one of 10 different “animals […]

Trading

How to Channel Your Investing Animal Spirit

Despite setting financial goals, do you end up being your own worst enemy? Like you tap into some of your investments to fund a trip. Or you tell yourself to tolerate a little risk, but you panic and withdraw all your money from the stock market. Turns out, you’re not alone. Market researchers have been studying […]