Cartoon hands holding phones while money is sent from one to another

Article Summary: You can deposit money into someone else’s account through a cash deposit, personal or cashier’s check, money order, money transfer apps, or a wire transfer. Some of these are instant transfers, while others may take a few days. Note that many of these will require you to pay an additional fee to use […]

Couple looking worried as they discover they were victims of home title theft

Article Summary: Home title theft is when someone illegally changes someone’s property deed into a different name. A criminal may steal a home title to access the home’s equity line of credit or to sell it and pocket the money. Regularly vacant homes, such as rental and vacation homes, are common targets for property title […]

row of cars

Article Summary Carvana is an online-only dealership that sells used cars. They also accept trade-ins and purchase cars from customers. Carvana has all the features of a physical dealership has to offer, but functions completely online. You might recognize them for their unique car vending machines. The car-buying process can be stressful and overwhelming. If […]

Woman realizing she got scammed because she failed to verify a check

Article Summary: Check verification is important to avoid scams or bounced checks, which can help you avoid losing money or paying extra fees. You can verify a check online, over the phone, or in person. Many customers still prefer to pay using checks over debit and credit cards, but not all of them write it […]

Woman calculating how much money she could earn on a traditional CD vs. a step-up CD

Article Summary: A step-up CD is a certificate of deposit that increases the APY at scheduled times until the maturity date. Because of this, most step-up CDs have a low-interest rate at the start of the term of the CD. A certificate of deposit (CD) is a low-risk investment and usually has a guaranteed return. […]

Spreadsheets, coins, and a calculator on a table, showing an investor calculating whether zero-coupon CDs are worth it

Article Summary: Zero-coupon CDs are certificates of deposit purchased at a lower price with no monthly interest payments. Instead, the investor receives the CD at face value at the maturity date. While this kind of CD can be a great investment for the right person, zero-coupon CDs also come with some downsides to keep in […]

writing a check

Article Summary A demand deposit account is a type of bank account that allows the account holder to access their funds without having to notify their bank or credit union. The most common example of a DDA is a checking account, although there are other types as well. Demand deposit accounts are best for those […]

Woman reviewing predicted interest rates and deciding whether to purchase a bump-up CD

Article Summary: Bump-up CDs are certificates of deposit that allow you to raise your annual percentage yield once within the term of the CD. While this has the potential to help you earn more interest than you would with a regular CD, knowing when to raise it could be tricky, and many banks offer a […]

Stacked coins representing how money grows in an IRA CD

Summary: An IRA CD is an individual retirement account that holds certificates of deposit (CDs). IRA CDs are low-risk and easy to invest in, though usually have limited earning potential. Because of this, IRA CDs are recommended for those who are close to retirement or have already retired and are looking to diversify their portfolio. […]

Hand putting money into an Emergency Fund jar

Article Summary: Financial experts recommend having three to six months’ worth of emergency expenses set aside in a savings account. This money should be used in case of a sudden job loss or an unexpected medical expense. In addition, you should keep your emergency fund in an account that is easy to access; savings accounts […]

man on phone looks at his watch

Article Summary: The three-day rule in stocks mandates that buyers and sellers in stock transactions fully settle their business within three days of executing a trade. A buyer must send payment to the brokerage firm involved in a trade within three business days of making a purchase. And a seller must deliver stock certificates to […]

Elderly couple meet with their financial advisor

Article Summary: Accountants can help those who have questions regarding taxes or need help with their tax returns. Financial advisors can help with general finance issues such as managing debt or creating a budget. When looking for professional help with finances, many people may seek out an accountant or financial advisor. Though “financial advisor” and […]

Stacks of coins with small plants growing on them

Article Summary: Brokered CDs are certificates of deposits opened through brokerage firms instead of banks. While brokerage CDs have many similarities to bank CDs, they tend to have higher interest rates and longer term lengths than the typical bank CD. Certificates of deposit (CDs) are usually federally insured savings accounts with a set maturity date […]

Street signs reading Wall Street

Article Summary: An initial public offering (IPO) is when a private company goes public for the first time and begins selling stocks. Some of 2002’s most notable IPOs included A&W, Netflix, PayPal, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. An initial public offering (IPO) is a big deal for companies. If successful, it can build their credibility and […]

Person reviewing stock prices and values through a hologram

Article Summary: Book value per share (BVPS) is used by investors to determine the value of a company’s stock. If investors find that the stock’s market price is below the BVPS, then the stock is undervalued, and vice versa. As a company’s BVPS increases, its stock price should also increase and become more valuable. If […]

One hand reaching to receive a check from another hand across a desk

Article Summary Pay stubs are usually generated every pay period and sent out with paychecks. If your paycheck is deposited directly into your bank account, you may need to take a few extra steps to get a pay stub. You can get a copy of your pay stub online or by contacting the payroll department […]

Aerial view of the bay and marina from the hills of Sausalito, San Francisco Bay Area, California

Article Summary Surgeons, pathologists, and radiologists are the top three highest paying jobs in California in 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most of the highest paying jobs in California are in the medical industry, but some law and managerial positions pay a good salary as well. With its vast number of […]

Doctor smiling in doctor’s office

Article Summary According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most of the highest paying jobs in Florida are within the medical field. Other high-paying jobs include various management, engineer, and pilot positions. Many people flock to the Sunshine State to enjoy the warm weather, nearby beaches, and fun culture. But as enjoyable as Florida […]

Person depositing a check through their bank's mobile check deposit

Article Summary: A banking app’s mobile check deposit feature allows customers to deposit checks through the app itself. Most major financial institutions in the United States offer customers this banking feature, though there are limits to the amount you can deposit. Deposit limits depend on the institution and how long your account has been open. […]

Hands typing on a laptop keyboard while holding a credit card

Article Summary: There are several ways to transfer funds from a credit card to a bank account. However, they are typically expensive fees and high interest rates attached. Therefore, it’s generally recommended to only transfer money from a credit card when it’s an emergency and no other options are available. Can you transfer money from […]