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'Largest Merger In Credit Union History' Joins 2 Michigan Institutions
Updated: Nov 16, 2015 by Ally6770  |  4 comments  |  Financial News

The president and CEO of LMCU will run the combined credit union. There is a FAQ on LMCU's web site that says "Ultimately, the best products and services read more

Why Donald Trump Is Rich And You’Re Not-- Marketwatch--
Updated: Jul 29, 2015 by paoli2  |  3 comments  |  Financial News

Donald Trump is rich. Really, really rich. And you’re not.And there’s a very simple reason.No, it’s not because he works harder than you. It’s not because read more

A Replacement For TC (Travelers Checks) That Has The Same Level Of Security?
Updated: Jul 22, 2015 by topkapi56  |  4 comments  |  Ask The Community

Amex (American Express) TC worked very well, in the past. This was because the merchant or bank could compare the signatures, after you signed the read more

Would You Let The I.R.S. Prepare Your Taxes?
Updated: Apr 21, 2015 by dpandslemmen  |  14 comments  |  Miscellaneous

There's got to be a better way for doing taxes; “return-free filing” described herein makes sense to me---how about you?  Beware, you may well change read more

5 Surefire Ways To Prevent Gas Station Credit Card Fraud | Gobankingrates
Updated: Apr 16, 2015 by Shorebreak  |  4 comments  |  Financial News

Consumers typically worry about credit card fraud when making purchases online or conducting ATM transactions, but over the past few years, fraudulent read more

The Cost Of Feeling Secure And Feeling Stressed - The Simple Dollar
Updated: Apr 15, 2015 by paoli2  |  7 comments  |  Financial News

Sarah and I have a large emergency fund by almost any standards. If everything collapsed, we could live for more than a year simply on our cash reserves read more

Northpointe Bank Ultimate Checking
Updated: Apr 10, 2015 by dpandslemmen  |  3 comments  |  Ask The Community

Just curious is anyone banks at Northpointe Bank in Grand Rapids Michigan?  Is the new Ultimate checking just a short term gimmick or it it for real?

U.S. Credit Unions Locked In Cyber Battle With Their Regulator
Updated: Mar 17, 2015 by dpandslemmen  |  1 comment  |  Financial News

National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Chair Debbie Matz sits for an interview at NCUA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, February 9, 2015. For read more

Fifth Third Bank Customers Miffed By Security Procedures
Updated: Mar 16, 2015 by dpandslemmen  |  1 comment  |  Financial News

Fifth Third Bank has kind of an odd name and, besides that, it has a knack for enraging customers who run into security or fraud issues. While there read more

The 31 Best Books On Money, Wealth, And It's Not At All What I Expected
Updated: Mar 6, 2015 by Cas Saint Denis  |  3 comments  |  Financial News

This is from Family First FCU's (upstate NY) website and I expected to see the same-old-same list of books; boy, was I wrong.  I think Family First's read more

Most Americans Failed This Simple Tax Quiz
Updated: Feb 26, 2015 by topkapi56  |  6 comments  |  Financial News

From Yahoo Finance: It’s a good thing we don’t have to pass a test on the U.S. tax code to get a job — a lot of us would probably be out of work. read more

Article - Should I Buy Long Term Care Insurance
Updated: Feb 9, 2015 by Ally6770  |  22 comments  |  Financial News

http://blog.aarp.org/2015/02/05/s...-insurance One of the biggest shockers as I read this was a potential for large premium hikes.  You could read more

Banks Want To Open Cellphones To Robocalls
Updated: Feb 9, 2015 by dpandslemmen  |  3 comments  |  Financial News

If the nation's bankers and debt collectors have their way, robocalls could soon become as routine on cellphones as they are on household landlines. read more

What You Need To Know About Long-Term Care Insurance
Updated: Feb 7, 2015 by Rooks777  |  15 comments  |  Financial News

From MarketWatch: As people live longer, it becomes more likely that many of us will need long-term care one day. About 70% of people turning 65 today read more

Finland Sells 5-Year Bond At Negative Yield
Updated: Feb 5, 2015 by Shorebreak  |  4 comments  |  Financial News

Finland on Wednesday became the first eurozone country to sell five-year government debt at a negative yield, meaning investors were in effect paying read more

Should Your Goal Be To Die Broke?
Updated: Jan 17, 2015 by Rooks777  |  6 comments  |  Financial News

In a perfect world, the goal of retirement savings would be to ensure that on the day you pass away, you leave nothing behind unless you want to leave read more

Millions More People To Get Their Credit Score For Free
Updated: Jan 13, 2015 by Shorebreak  |  11 comments  |  Financial News

Millions more people will have free access to their FICO credit score this year. That's good news for consumers, since the number is widely used by read more

CD Rate-Chasing Has Its Pitfalls
Updated: Dec 10, 2014 by cumulus  |  5 comments  |  Financial News

Bankaholic's Charles Rechlin writes: I sometimes feel like I’ve been chasing CD rates forever. It’s exhausting. Plus, it has pitfalls, all of which I seem read more

CUs Competitive Against Wal-Mart's New Digital Account
Updated: Oct 7, 2014 by dpandslemmen  |  3 comments  |  Financial News

MADISON, Wis. (10/7/14)--Wal-Mart's freshly unveiled digital bank account was supposed to send shockwaves throughout the financial services industry, read more

Checking Account Shoppers Sacrifice Features For Fewer Fees
Updated: Sep 30, 2014 by dpandslemmen  |  1 comment  |  Financial News

Consumers like to holler about all the features they want their checking accounts to have. But when they finally pull the trigger and make the read more

Here’s Why The Fed May Delay Interest Rate Hikes
Updated: Sep 30, 2014 by dpandslemmen  |  1 comment  |  Financial News

The fine line that Federal Reserve policymakers have been walking on the question of interest rates seemed to broaden just a bit Monday, suggesting read more

Study: Consumers With Bad Banking Habits Are Lousy Bank Customers
Updated: Aug 5, 2014 by paoli2  |  2 comments  |  Financial News

Research reveals that consumers who don’t manage their bank accounts carefully experience a significantly more acrimonious relationship with their read more

What Banks Should Really Call ‘Savings Accounts’
Updated: Jul 29, 2014 by dpandslemmen  |  1 comment  |  Financial News

Savings accounts were designed to encourage people to sock money away. But that's not how people actually use them. So what should banks and credit read more

United Bank Of Michigan RCA (4%, $10K)
Updated: Jul 10, 2014 by dpandslemmen  |  4 comments  |  Bank Deals

Qualification requirements for the bank’s Points2U! interest checking include:    Minimum of 7 signature-based debit card transactions/calendar read more

We Love Not Carrying Cash, And Half Of Us Carry $20 Or Less
Updated: May 18, 2014 by Ally6770  |  15 comments  |  Financial News

Alternative forms of currency, most notably credit and debit cards, are thinning out our wallets and pocketbooks, and Americans seem to love it. read more

Chance To Win 2014 Ford Explorer
Updated: Apr 30, 2014 by dpandslemmen  |  1 comment  |  Bank Deals

Per the bank's website... Here's how:Open a TruMark Financial savings, checking, money market account, or certificate of deposit, get one entry to win read more

The Bank Of The Future - How Will Bank Branches Change?
Updated: Apr 30, 2014 by dpandslemmen  |  1 comment  |  Financial News

From CNBC Banks around the world are in the midst of a transformation. More of them are downsizing, consolidating and integrating technology into their read more

Out Of Ammo? The Eroding Power Of Central Banks
Updated: Apr 17, 2014 by dpandslemmen  |  1 comment  |  Financial News

Since the financial crisis, central banks have slashed interest rates, purchased vast quantities of sovereign bonds and bailed out banks. Now, read more

Are Reverse Mortgages Easy Money Or Just A Dumb Move?
Updated: Apr 4, 2014 by MidAtlantic  |  2 comments  |  Financial News

From Yahoo Homes: "Reverse mortgages are a useful tool for some people," ... (t)hey can enable retirees to age in place, but we always emphasize that read more

Fed Chair Yellen Suggests That Low Rates Will Continue For Very Long Time
Updated: Apr 1, 2014 by dpandslemmen  |  4 comments  |  Financial News

I had thought that the markets over-reacted to Fed Chair Yellen's press conference on the 19th when she suggested that rates could start rising 6 months read more