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 […]

CDs

Finding the Perfect Fit: Which CD Is Right for You?

Certificates of deposit (CDs) used to be one-size-fits-all. (Has that ever worked out?) Times have changed—now you can find different types of CDs with a variety of terms tailored to your personal savings goals. Here’s how to know which CD to get to help you create your own unique savings strategy. Get a handle on […]

CDs

One-year CD vs. Savings: What’s Best for Your Short-term Money Goals?

A lot can happen in a year—besides just getting another year older. Your savings balance can grow significantly in 12 months if it’s in the right place at the right time. Certificates of deposit (CDs) and savings accounts are great options for short-term saving, but what’s best for you depends on your goals, the kind […]

CDs

3 Sweet Things to Know About Our No Penalty CD

Do you want to eat your cake and have it, too? Well, maybe you can—at least when it comes to savings options. If you like the fixed-rate security of certificates of deposit (CDs), but you’re worried about things like early withdrawal penalties or minimum deposit requirements, look no further. At Ally Bank, we’re used to […]

Online Banking

What Compound Interest Means for Your Savings

Remember that old movie line, “I wish I had a dime for every dime I had”? Whether you’re adding money to a high-yield savings account or socking it away in a certificate of deposit (CD), you want it to grow. That’s where compound interest comes in. It’s a simple—yet powerful—tool for making your dollars and […]

Savings Accounts

Swipe Right for Your Savings Account Match

When you’re looking for a match on a dating website or app, you have a general idea of your type. Think: funny, kind, a love of adventure… But can you say the same when shopping around for a savings account? Savings accounts are one of the more popular types of bank accounts around. More than […]

Savings Accounts

How APR Works & What It Means for Your Loan or Credit Card

Are you planning to get a loan or open a new credit card? You know you typically can’t borrow money for free. APR (annual percentage rate) indicates how much it costs to borrow money over the course of one year. To understand all the potential costs associated with loans and credit cards, you need to […]

Online Banking

Don’t Settle for Less: 5 Signs It’s Time to Break Up With Your Bank

As the song goes, “breaking up is hard to do.” That’s true whether it’s a relationship with someone you love, your hair stylist, or even your bank. And it’s even harder when the relationship isn’t bad, per se, but rather, could just be better in certain aspects. You’re probably satisfied with some of the things […]

CDs

Stash Your Cash: How to Build a CD Ladder [Video]

Make your cash work harder in a certificate of deposit–but not just one–ladder your deposits to help diversify your cash investments, reach your savings goals, and get a more secure bang for your buck. What Is a CD Ladder? A CD ladder is built by depositing a sum of money, equally, across multiple certificates of […]

IRA

Even Better Together: When an IRA Goes With Your 401(k)

You may feel pretty good about your retirement plan if you have a company 401(k). And you may even feel great if your employer matches your contributions—because, hey, free money! But if you’re like most people, you still wonder if your savings will keep up with those birthdays. Both 401(k) plans and IRAs are designed […]

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