Precious metals: The effect of QE tapering on gold and silver

This post comes from Keith Guyot at our partner site Zing. Gold prices fell more than 25% from January 2013 to January 2014, according to Goldprices.org. Silver was down nearly 36% in that same time period. Meanwhile the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet ballooned from $3 trillion to $4 trillion in 2013, and has grown nearly fivefold […]


How to keep your pets safe this winter

This post comes from Halina Matt at our partner site Zing. If you live in these United States, then you’re painfully aware that so far, this has been one of the coldest winters ever on record. Well, technically I’m not sure if it’s the coldest on record, but man, it sure feels that way, doesn’t […]


Your Internet passwords stink, but it’s not (completely) your fault

This post comes from Sean T. Johnston at our partner site Zing. If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t pay much attention to creating impenetrable passwords for your online accounts. According to Splashdata, an online password provider, the list of the top online passwords are just terrible from a security standpoint. The good news is […]


How to get the best deal on a midwinter vacation

This post comes from Halina Matt at our partner site Zing. It’s pretty much universally understood that the first thing on everyone’s mind midwinter is vacation. Whether it’s due to cold-weather blues or holiday hangover, packing up your bags and getting far, far away for a little while can be very tempting during the frigid months. If […]


Popular Homeowner Tax Benefits Might Disappear in 2014

This post comes from Sean T. Johnston at our partner site Zing If you’re a tax-paying homeowner, there might be some bad news on the horizon. Our legislators in Washington, D.C. haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye on a lot of things in 2013. In addition to contentious and ongoing debates on the debt ceiling and sequestration cuts, it […]


GE Capital Bank Review (Now Synchrony Bank)

General Electric has been active in the financing business for a very long time, but not in a way that hits you in the face. Don’t let their obscurity fool you, though. In banking, size has its advantages and, in terms of assets, General Electric is a powerhouse. Its banking operations have survived a number […]


Ally Bank Review

Few banks have had as profound an impact on our daily lives as Ally Bank. Back in the time of Model T Fords, all automobiles were paid for in cash. General Motors created the General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) in 1919 to offer their customers easy access to credit, helping more individuals to afford their […]


Evaluating the best banks in America

Banking in America is unique. No other country has as many banks, and types of banks, as the United States. Most countries in Europe have about four or five big banks… and that’s it. When there are so few competitors, they all tend to be alike, and not all that consumer-friendly. The plethora of banks […]


Should Utilities Be Added to Credit Scores?

This post comes from Miranda Marquit at our partner site Quizzle.com. One of the biggest complaints that many have about the credit reporting industry is the fact that consumers have little choice but to engage in activities that can result in high interest debt if they want a good credit score. While it’s true that […]


Bank Review: Discover Bank

Discover Bank is an online bank that is part of Discover Financial Services, Inc., a Riverwoods, Ill.-based company with a widely diverse array of financial tools. Discover Financial Group traces its history back to the mid-1980s and Sears’ launch of the Discover Card, where it was a unit of Sears’ Dean Witter group. From that […]