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How Safe Are My Banks?

With all the turmoil in the financial market and the increasing number of failed banks, big and small, one of the questions people ask a lot these days is “Is my money safe?” Since we put our hard-earned money in banks as opposed to under the mattress, the question can be partly translated to “Is […]

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ING Direct Lowered Orange Savings Account Rate to 2.75% APY

Well, it didn’t take long for banks to follow the Federal Reserve’s surprising rate cut yesterday to lower their own rates. As I mentioned early, the rate cut, from 2.00% to 1.50%, didn’t help to save the stock market as the Dow took another 2% hit yesterday, but one thing sure to happen is lowered […]

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Fed Lowered Interest Rate in an Attempt to Halt Stock Market Free-fall

One day after the Federal Reserve Chairman signaled that it’s ready to cut interest rate, the central bank, in a coordinated action with central banks around the world, lowered its benchmark rate by 50 basis points to 1.5%. The emergency rate reduction by the Fed came after the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index lost more […]

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WaMu Online Savings Account Now 4.00% APY

Washington Mutual keeps their effort to lure new account, increasing their online savings account rate to 4.00% APY (as of now, their website hasn’t been updated yet). The latest rate change puts WaMu at the top of the interest rate table. To get the 4.00% APY, you need to open a WaMu Free Checking Account […]

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HSBC Direct Rolled Back Rate to 3.25% APY After Promotion

So HSBC Direct’s three-month promotion has ended yesterday and, as promised, the bank rolled back the yield of its online savings account from 3.50% APY to 3.25% APY, a mediocre level. The purpose of the promotion was, I suppose, to attract new customers, but I am not sure how successful the campaign was because, even […]

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Exceed Monthly Savings Account Withdrawal Limit

No, this is not for speeding, but for online transfers at my HSBC account. I got a letter from HSBC tonight dated last Thursday, August 24th. The letter says my savings account at HSBC has a limit of six “preauthorized, automatic, computer or telephone transfer” in any month, calendar or statement cycle month and I […]

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FDIC Problem Banks List Grew to 117 Last Quarter

When the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) released its second quarter Quarterly Bank Profile yesterday, it didn’t have a lot of good news to offer. In fact, the news is pretty bad if you are concerned about the financial soundness of your bank. In the report, the FDIC says during the second quarter, the number […]

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DollarSavingsDirect: A High Yield Version of Emigrant Direct

Dollar Savings Direct Bank is a division of Emigrant Bank, which also owns Emigrant Direct. At $1,000 minimum balance, you can enjoy a 3.50% interest rate with the new online bank. Update: Check out the Dollar Savings Direct review post for more detailed discussion on Dollar Savings Direct bank and account opening process. Have you […]

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