money orders

Money orders provide a way to make payments without carrying or transferring cold hard cash. They also come with a few extra security benefits which cash and checks lack. But how do they work? Where can you buy one? And how do you know if they’re the right option for your needs? Read on to […]

facebook payments p2p

Did you know that you can send money through Facebook Messenger P2P payments? There’s no need to share payment details with friends or family. Instead, you can transfer money securely and easily right in the Facebook Messenger app. Here’s how it works. The basics of Facebook Messenger P2P payments Facebook Messenger allows users who are […]

irs tax scam fraud

How common are money transfer scams in the U.S.? In 2018, there were more than 1.4 million fraud reports filed with the Consumer Sentinel Network. 25% of those reports involved a loss of money which collectively totaled $1.48 billion. This is up $406 million from the 2017 report. With money lost to fraud on the rise in […]

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The first ever traveler’s check was issued on January 1, 1772, by the London Credit Exchange Company. It came into being long before the first credit card in 1958. The question is, are traveler’s checks obsolete or do they still have a place in modern travel? What is a traveler’s check? A traveler’s check is […]

Top reasons debit card declined

These are the top reasons your debit card was declined and what you can do to avoid it happening again. You’re standing in line at the grocery store and after waiting for 15 minutes, it’s finally your turn. You look back and there is a line of people behind you as far as you can […]

Opening a joint account

Have you reached a point in life where you are ready to share a financial account with another person? Maybe it’s a business partner, a friend, a romantic partner, or a child. If so, opening a joint account may be the right move for you. However, before you do so, there are some risks and […]

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Are you preparing to travel overseas? One thing you’ll need to figure out is how you’ll access your money while abroad. Some travelers make the mistake of assuming that the financial set up they have at home will work fine in other countries. Unfortunately, that is not often the case. Here’s a closer look at […]

best online checking accounts

58% percentage of people who go to a branch to open an account Looking for the best online checking accounts? You’re not alone. Every year, more Americans bank online, particularly through their smartphones, and banks are responding with a wide range of offerings. For instance, only 59% of customers go to a bank branch to apply […]

SunTrust BB&T Merger

The wave of bank mergers has started. Brian Moynihan, CEO of BofA, called it “simply a matter of time,” earlier this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Today, BB&T and SunTrust announced a $66 billion merger. If the deal goes through, they will become the sixth largest bank in the United States based on assets and […]