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The Fed Throws a Hail Mary – Cuts Interest Rates a Second Time

In an unprecedented move, the Federal Reserve Board (Fed) cut interest rates to zero, launched a $700 billion bond buying program and took other measures to ensure liquidity in credit markets and a stable dollar. These actions highlight the urgency of the economic situation evolving from coronavirus driven closures and cancellations. Previously on March 3, […]

Technology

2020’s Top Trends in Smart Home Tech

What if you could grow healthful, whole foods right in your home? Or get a reminder to pick up milk and eggs — right from your refrigerator? These trends and more were on display at CES 2020 (that’s an annual trade show revealing new products and technologies in consumer electronics), proving smart home technology will […]

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How to Keep Interest Rate Changes in Perspective

The better your interest rate, the more opportunity your money has to grow. So it’s natural to wonder how changes in the Federal Reserve’s interest rate policy may impact you on a personal level. Specifically, you might be concerned with how your savings goals may be affected if rates change, as they have done recently. […]

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Tips from Tess Wicks: Helping You Save for Your Wedding

Weddings are expensive, but they don’t have to be. Whether you’re in the midst of planning, or just dreaming about it someday, it’s never too early to start coming up with a saving strategy. I want to share a step-by-step guide to saving for your wedding with money in the bank, how to find hidden […]

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Finances After a Life-Changing Illness

It’s two and a half years later, but it feels like just yesterday I was facing my second episode of pulmonary embolism (PE), a condition I’ll have to battle my entire life, where the arteries in my lungs can become blocked by a blood clot. Life has changed a lot since then — including my […]

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London Bound: How I’m Saving for My Dream Trip

For years, I’ve wanted to experience all the famous historical sites in London I had only read about in books: see Shakespeare’s plays at the Globe Theater, marvel at the grandeur of the Tower of London, visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum, and go shopping at Harrods and Selfridges. I’m fortunate enough to have a job […]

Technology

Behind the Scenes with Ally’s Innovation Team: How We Make Your Money Work Harder with New Smart Savings Tools

What would it look like if your savings account did more for you than just house your money? Since we launched Ally Bank back in 2009, our Online Savings Account has been incredibly popular — and, as the first in our full suite of digital services, it’s particularly special to us. That’s why we decided […]

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Why Kids Don’t Save Money and What to Do About It

Every parent knows that if you give a kid a dollar, they’ll promptly run out and spend it. When the money slips out of a birthday card, it isn’t as surprising since it’s intended as a gift or present anyway. But in the long run, how do we get our kids to become fiscally successful […]

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Vacation Spots Where You Get More for Your Dollar

Sometimes you just really need a vacation. But planning a vacation, especially deciding where to go, may not be feasible when it comes to your finances. Eating packaged ramen every night while you save for that trip to Greece may sound like an attainable goal, but even the most enthusiastic soup lover would cave after […]

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A Personal Approach to Investing

While it may seem intimidating, investing well can be straightforward. The world of finance and investing might have complex words and concepts, but all you really need to know to get started are these three simple principles: Set goals, start small, and focus on the long term. And today, there are dozens of tools out […]

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