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How APY Works & What It Means for Your Savings

Have you noticed banks quoting their “APYs” and wondered what that means? APY stands for annual percentage yield. Banks are required to prominently display this rate for their deposit accounts, like savings accounts and certificates of deposit (CDs). APY gives you the most accurate idea of what your money could earn in a year. What […]

CDs

7 Ways Our Raise Your Rate CD Can Help You Boost Your Savings

Saving money in a certificate of deposit (CD) can be a smart way to keep yourself from dipping into it prematurely. It’s like putting a lock on the cookie jar to keep you from being tempted. But one catch with traditional CDs is that fixed interest rates may cause you to miss out—if CD rates […]

IRA

4 Reasons Why a SEP IRA Could Be a Boon for Small Business Owners

Whether you’re running a salon, writing a blog, or perfecting woodwork on a new home, the responsibility for your small business is all up to you. A SEP IRA (Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Account) is a retirement savings tool designed for self-employed individuals and small business owners. Any small business owner with one or […]

IRA

What Is a Traditional IRA and Why You Should Open One Now Rather Than Later

You may think saving for retirement only benefits you in the long run. However, a traditional IRA (individual retirement account) is a savings tool that offers tax benefits now while you save for retirement later. For the most part, all you need is taxable income and you can open an IRA at a brokerage firm […]

Savings Accounts

How Inflation Impacts Your Savings and What You Can Do About It

Grandpa was right; a loaf of bread did cost 10 cents several decades ago. (As for walking to school uphill both ways in a snowstorm, that’s debatable.) But bread doesn’t cost 10 cents anymore, and even if you’re not an economist, you probably know it’s because of inflation. How does inflation affect your savings? And, […]

Savings Accounts

Do You Need to “Save” Your Savings Account? Answer These 2 Questions to Find Out

You know it’s coming. The low punch in the gut every time you look at what your savings account balance actually earned throughout the month or year. You deserve to feel the lift that comes with watching your balance grow. Answer these two questions to find out if you need to “save” your savings from […]

Savings Accounts

How to Put Your Savings Deposits on “Cruise Control” (So You Can Enjoy the View)

Do your best saving intentions have a way of ending up at the bottom of your list? Like that extra $200 or so you had planned to save on payday. Before you even had a chance to schedule a transfer, it was gone with the wind, say, on a spontaneous weekend road trip. You know you […]

Savings Accounts

Money-Saving Mindset: 7 Things to Know About the Ally Bank Online Savings Account

What is your savings account doing for you? If it’s simply a place to stash your cash and your balance is earning little to nothing, it might be time to reconsider your options. At Ally Bank, we believe the right savings account is more than just an online piggy bank. It goes beyond great rates […]

IRA

What Is a Roth IRA? Get to Know This Retirement Savings Option

You’ve heard about Roth IRAs, but do you have a nagging feeling you need to learn more? Roth IRAs are some of the most valuable retirement savings tools available—especially if you start contributing early. Here’s what you need to know. Roth IRAs can help you save for retirement. IRAs (individual retirement accounts) in general are […]

IRA

What Is an IRA? 8 Things to Know Before You Open an Account

IRA stands for individual retirement account and that’s exactly what it is—an account that allows you to set aside money for retirement. Whether you’re putting together a new retirement plan or reevaluating the one you’ve got, it pays to consider how IRAs can factor into your overall strategy. Here are a few things to know […]

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