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How Dwolla Works to Free Online Users From Fees

In the last few months, I've had many a bone to pick with PayPal, which I consider eBay's monetary equivalent of the Death Star from "Star Wars." Whenever someone sends me money for an item I sell on eBay, PayPal sees good to take 2.9 percent on the … [Read more...]

Variable Income: How to Manage Money When you Don’t Earn a Steady Paycheck

We all like to wake up in the morning knowing there’s enough money for breakfast and this month's electric bill -- not to mention those whopping student loans. For meeting these everyday financial obligations, nothing beats a regular paycheck. But … [Read more...]

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

Lou Carlozo is new to Money Under 30. Based in Chicago, Lou is a personal finance contributor for Reuters Money, a columnist with DealNews.com, and a former managing editor at AOL's WalletPop.com. This is his first post. Welcome, Lou. - … [Read more...]

How Can Banks Win Your Business?

Take a moment and think about your bank or credit union. What do you like most about it? What do you hate about it? Why did you choose it in the first place? Finally, what would another bank or credit union have to do to get you to … [Read more...]

How to Open an International Bank Account

My first job outside the United States was in London. I worked for a travel company in Maine with international locations, so when an opportunity came up for me to hop the pond, I grabbed it. After making the move, the most important detail I had to … [Read more...]

Sallie Mae Savings Account Review

Sallie Mae Direct, the online banking arm of student loan company Sallie Mae, which maintains one of the highest national interest rates on its no-minimum balance online savings and money market accounts. Here's a quick review of the Sallie Mae … [Read more...]

I Have a Bank Account Fetish

I opened a business checking account last week to separate personal expenditures from business transactions. It was long overdue, but I pushed it off for so long because I already felt I had plenty of bank accounts---three checking accounts and … [Read more...]

Understanding Overdraft Protection and Fees

At one point or another, it’s happened to nearly all of us: For one reason or another, we spent more than our available checking account balance. And most likely, we wound up paying an overdraft fee for the privilege. In years prior to the day I “ … [Read more...]

Should You Use a Mortgage Broker or a Bank Loan Officer?

Shopping for a mortgage can be intimidating. There are thousands of mortgage lenders and hundreds of ways lenders can tweak home loans to distort their real costs. You’re also facing the excitement of buying a new home and you may feel vulnerable as l … [Read more...]

Finance 101: How Do Banks Make Money?

Have you ever wondered why your checking account is free? Obviously, it's not because your bank is feeling charitable. Big banks make big money. The kind of money that leads to the obscene Wall Street bonuses we so often hear about. But banks make … [Read more...]