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“A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.” – Robert Frost

Love them or hate them, banks are a central (and necessary) part of our financial system.

This page is home to articles about all aspects of banks and banking. Topics of interest include checking accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts, online banking, interest rates, certificates of deposit, and more.

As a followup to my recent post about IRA rollover rule changes, I wanted to share another bit of news from the IRS… In Notice 2014-21, the IRS has declared that Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are to be treated as property for federal tax purposes. This means that such […]

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Teaching a Teen to Write a Check

by Michael on Mar 3, 2014 · 2 comments

Time for a quick story… This morning, our 16 year old son needed a check written for soccer registration. We were busy getting the other kids ready for school so he offered to write it. He then asked me for instructions. I told him how to fill out the various […]

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When Will I Get My Tax Forms?

by Michael on Feb 3, 2014

Welcome to February. Right about now, you may be wondering when the balance of your tax paperwork will show up. Sure, you might have received a few things by now. Maybe a 1099 here or there, possibly your W-2. But you can’t really file your taxes until you have everything. […]

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A former employee recently asked me about mortgage gift letters. She had just accepted a new job and would thus be buying a new house in a different area. “My father-in-law is giving us some money to help with the down payment. Our realtor mentioned that the bank will probably […]

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As of March 1st, 2013, people who sign up for Social Security benefits are required to set up direct deposit to receive their payments. In my book, this is a good thing. It’s both more cost effective and more secure than mailing out checks and having them sit in a […]

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Ally Bank Changing CD Withdrawal Penalty

by Michael on Oct 30, 2013 · 1 comment

It’s no secret that I love (or at least loved) Ally Bank thanks to the flexibility afforded by their generous early withdrawal penalty on CDs. For those that are unaware, Ally has always (or at least as long as I’ve been aware) allowed you to break a CD, no matter […]

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When I logged in to check the status of our accounts with Bank of America this past weekend, I was greeted by a message announcing changes in how they post transactions to customer accounts. It’s been my experience that policy changes at major banks typically come at the expense of […]

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