Longevity logic and retirement rationales

The professional association to which I belong meets the second Tuesday of the month. Afterward, many of the members in attendance hit a nearby Italian bistro for a buy-your-own dinner. Last week, I exited for home alongside another long-time association member, George, who had a train to catch. I asked if he’d commuted downtown just for […]


How to complain effectively and get results

As soon as we signed the contract to buy our first home, I started dreaming about furnishing it. After years of drooling over pretty furniture catalogs, I finally had a place to decorate. I have also been saving money specifically to furnish our house and, as a part of that fund, I have been collecting furniture store gift […]


How to get the best deal on a midwinter vacation

This post comes from Halina Matt at our partner site Zing. It’s pretty much universally understood that the first thing on everyone’s mind midwinter is vacation. Whether it’s due to cold-weather blues or holiday hangover, packing up your bags and getting far, far away for a little while can be very tempting during the frigid months. If […]


The Super Bowl, changes, and your finances

SUPER BOWL! Everyone knows the Super Bowl will be upon us in little more than a week. In many ways, the event has become the new Thanksgiving, hasn’t it? That’s because the people you invite to a Super Bowl party are chosen. You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends, and the […]


Making smarter investments in education

I recently signed what I’ve been assured will be my last tuition check. My younger son, who is finishing up grad school, looked at me with a mixture of bemusement and annoyance when I referred to it as “my day of jubilee, ” but who wouldn’t celebrate having such a big expense removed from their […]


Popular Homeowner Tax Benefits Might Disappear in 2014

This post comes from Sean T. Johnston at our partner site Zing If you’re a tax-paying homeowner, there might be some bad news on the horizon. Our legislators in Washington, D.C. haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye on a lot of things in 2013. In addition to contentious and ongoing debates on the debt ceiling and sequestration cuts, it […]


GE Capital Bank Review (Now Synchrony Bank)

General Electric has been active in the financing business for a very long time, but not in a way that hits you in the face. Don’t let their obscurity fool you, though. In banking, size has its advantages and, in terms of assets, General Electric is a powerhouse. Its banking operations have survived a number […]


Ally Bank Review

Few banks have had as profound an impact on our daily lives as Ally Bank. Back in the time of Model T Fords, all automobiles were paid for in cash. General Motors created the General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) in 1919 to offer their customers easy access to credit, helping more individuals to afford their […]


Mutual of Omaha Bank Review

Mutual of Omaha has been a well-known player in the insurance industry for more than a century. In 2007, Mutual of Omaha created an affiliate company, Omaha Financial Holdings, Inc., (OFHI) to explore the banking sector. Omaha Financial Holdings, Inc., opened with $700 million in assets and 13 locations by acquiring three community banks — Nebraska […]


Evaluating the best banks in America

Banking in America is unique. No other country has as many banks, and types of banks, as the United States. Most countries in Europe have about four or five big banks… and that’s it. When there are so few competitors, they all tend to be alike, and not all that consumer-friendly. The plethora of banks […]