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Banking on Tap (Literally): How Smartphone Apps for Mobile Banking Stack Up

Mobile banking is getting better with smarter smartphone apps from leading banks.

Lou Carlozo is new to Money Under 30. Based in Chicago, Lou is a personal finance contributor for Reuters Money, a columnist with, and a former managing editor at AOL’s This is his first post. Welcome, Lou. -Ed. *** Hours before writing this story, I accomplished a techie first in my banking life — one […]

More Mint Alternatives: HelloWallet and PowerWallet

Hello Wallet

Although I’m just starting out in managing my own money, I’ve already figured out one aspect of my financial personality: I like my finances to be as simple as possible. I can’t stand having bank accounts at different banks, and I worry splitting up my funds will affect how I think about what money is […]

Betterment Review: A Simple Investing Solution

Betterment provides simple investing as a great alternative to online brokers.

Betterment is an investing platform that makes investing decisions blisteringly easy: Choose a desired mix of stocks/bonds, your goal, and you’re done.

The Start-Up That Thinks Quality Investment Advice Shouldn’t Just Be For Rich People

FutureAdvisor Screenshot

The majority of the financial services industry pays little attention to young people. For example, unless you’re sitting on a seven-figure trust fund, the best financial advisors probably won’t return your calls. (And you should be wary of those who do, especially if they’re hawking life insurance policies to you when you’re 24, single, and […]

Credit Sesame Review: A Free Tool for Improving Your Credit

Credit Sesame is a new free service that helps you track your credit score and manage your debts.

Credit Sesame is new service providing free credit score tracking and ways to organize your existing debts so you can identify opportunities to pay them off faster. It’s like Credit Karma meets Debt Goal meets LendingTree. Credit Sesame gives you:

ShareBuilder Review: Alternative to Online Brokers Targets Automatic Investors

If you want to start investing, you need at least a couple grand to get you going, right? Brokers have minimum opening deposits, and then you need to buy enough shares of stock to justify paying trade commissions. Although that may be true at many online stock brokers, it’s not the case with ShareBuilder. ShareBuilder […]

The Best Financial Apps for Android

The advent of Google’s Android operating system created a mass of open software applications for personal finance and saving money. Google and the Open Handset Alliance have made life much easier (and cheaper!) for everything from weekly budgeting to debt reduction to day trading. If your cell phone is powered by Android you have a […]

Your Money Ratios Book Review

Your Money Ratios by Charles Farrell

As a financial writer, I try to do one thing above all else: Make intimidating financial topics easier to understand. Sometimes I succeed, often I fail, but my goal is always the same: Make managing your money simpler. So I am excited to review a book that does just that: Your Money Ratios: 8 Simple […]

American Express Zync Card Review

American Express Zync Charge Card

Notice: The Zync card from American Express has been discontinued; this article is for historical purposes only! The American Express Zync Card, a charge card geared towards twenty-somethings, is a possible alternative to traditional credit/debit cards for anybody under 30. I have been a fan of Amex charge cards and used one myself for a […]

Essential Personal Finance Books

I’ll be the first to admit that browsing the personal finance section at your local Barnes & Noble can be intimidating. There are hundreds of personal finance titles to choose from; it’s possible to spend a small fortune trying to learn how to make a small fortune. But you don’t need to. In my opinion, […]