Finance Basics

The Basics of Financial Planning: A Checklist to Get You Started

What do you picture yourself doing in one year? What about five or 10? 30? Maybe you see yourself running a marathon, climbing up the ladder at your job, or mastering a new language. Whatever your goals may be, you probably need a road map — a plan of action — to achieve them. Financial […]

Finance Basics

Katie Couric Interviews Lule Demmissie: Why We’re at a Turning Point in Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

Economic mobility is the ability of someone to change their income or wealth, but for Black communities, a lack of resources is a huge barrier in closing the wealth gap. Typical Black households earn a fraction of white households — just 59 cents for every dollar. And over time, the gap has grown, building on […]

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20 Minutes (or Less) to a Better Financial You

We all know that time is often a precious resource. So much to do, so little time! Though our financial wellbeing is something that we all strive to prioritize. Fortunately, improving your financial life doesn’t have to be time-consuming or overly complicated. The 10 tasks below usually take around 20 minutes or less, but can […]

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Listen Up! 14 Financial Podcasts We’re Listening to Right Now

We all need something to break up the monotony of (and rest our eyes from) our regular binge watching, social media surfing, and news scrolling. And what’s better than a podcast? Our team at Ally loves a good podcast while doing housework, experimenting in the kitchen, or lounging on the couch or in the sun. […]

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Your Financial Health: Check Your Vitals With These Key Benchmarks

Anyone with a fitness goal has heard it all before: Are you getting enough sleep? Staying hydrated? Eating your veggies?  Hitting those daily benchmarks is one way to stay on top of and contribute to your physical health. But when it comes to your financial stability, how can you contribute to and measure your financial […]

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Studies Show Money Is a Major Stressor. Here’s What You Can Do About It.

They say money can’t buy happiness — but that doesn’t mean your finances can’t affect your wellbeing. Your financial health can impact several aspects of your life, and if you’ve ever experienced stress or anxiety due to money, like 60% of Americans report, you know it’s not always so easy to separate financial and mental […]

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Your Financial Survival Action Plan

When you lose your main source of income, it’s a shock to the system. Your mind is probably flooded with questions: What comes next? What can I do about money in the meantime? There’s no denying that disruption in income, like from a job loss, is difficult — and navigating such a situation in any […]

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Women and Money: Challenges, Opportunities, and Efforts to Achieve Equality

We’re not ones to shy away from important financial conversations — and talking about the unique financial challenges women face is a crucial step in breaking down barriers and leveling the playing field. While progress is being made to close the gender gap, we want to do our part to help women reach their full […]

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Borrowing Basics: The Ins and Outs of Loans, Mortgages, and Credit Lines

Big purchases often coincide with exciting milestones of life — moving into a new house, buying a car, getting into college — but they can also go hand-in-hand with something else: loans. Taking on debt can be intimidating, to say the least (and for some people, downright scary), but it doesn’t have to be. In […]

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Is Your Money Safe in the Bank? Here’s How the FDIC Has Your Back

News headlines about market volatility might cause heartburn and sleepless nights, and it’s hard not to worry about your own finances. You might find yourself asking if you should take your money out of your bank. Numerous personal scenarios would be valid reasons to withdraw your money. (Think: combining your finances with a partner or […]

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