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Analogue to Digital: Alternative Banking by Kenya's Poor

Yen To | Posted 09.05.2013 | Impact
Yen To

Kibera sits at the margin of Nairobi, a concentrated sight line of rusted corrugated roofs and bustling heaps of humanity pressed up against the immac...

Save the world from your desk

Monique Villa | Posted 08.28.2013 | Impact
Monique Villa

We have become avid consumers of the most precious commodity: data. We spend 58 minutes a day browsing our mobile phones. We buy from the web, we comm...

Protection Racket: A Wake-Up Call on Overdraft Fees

Richard Barrington | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Richard Barrington

It's not wrong for banks to make money from overdraft fees, and overdraft protection can be helpful in certain situations. However, the use of this protection is way too prevalent, and that's something consumers have the power to change without any help from banks or regulators.

Our Skewed Political Landscape

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

By today's standards my political views are considered liberal, perhaps even far to the left of center. Yet just a few decades ago I would have been (and was) labeled a moderate or even slightly right of center for holding the same positions I hold today.

5 Methods for Setting Retirement Targets

Richard Barrington | Posted 08.14.2013 | Business
Richard Barrington

Why do people have so much trouble saving for retirement? One problem is that it is not easy to project how much money you'll need to retire. Here are some potential approaches.

America's Housing Story: One Size Does Not Fit All

Frank Keating | Posted 08.17.2013 | Business
Frank Keating

In the past, government policies overemphasized homeownership. Instead, Americans should have a variety of affordable and attractive rental and purchase options, in line with their needs and resources.

Are Some of Your Customers Left Behind by Their Bank? Help Them

Patrice Peyret | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business
Patrice Peyret

The federal is deficit going down. The Dow Jones is at an all-time high. The consumer confidence index is inching back up. For business owners, everyt...

Hope or Hype: Are Recent Market Rallies for Real?

Richard Barrington | Posted 08.10.2013 | Business
Richard Barrington

Certainly, recent gains are a sign of hope, but with every bull market comes a fair amount of hype as well. Before you plunge head-first into volatile markets, consider the following reasons to be a little skeptical about these recent market rallies.

Mark Gongloff

Bankers Agree They Get Paid Way Too Much: Survey | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business

If you are like 99.999 percent of humans, then you make much, much less money than bankers. You are likely aware of, or even angry about, this. But yo...

1,000 Branch Banks to Serve the Poor (You and Me, Too)

John Hope Bryant | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business
John Hope Bryant

American branch banking needs a renewed and relevant future. Traditional financial literacy needs a renewed and relevant future. Think of an innovative solution which re-imagines each. Imagine returning the word 'community' back into the storyline of American banking.

Money Backed by the Full Faith and Credit of Guinness

Jacqui Dunne | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
Jacqui Dunne

Long before the Digital Age, Ireland, during the decade between 1966 and 1976, experienced three separate bank strikes that caused the banks to completely shut down for a total of 12 months, virtually bringing the country to a standstill.

Withdraw Symptoms

Abby Heugel | Posted 07.21.2013 | Comedy
Abby Heugel

A normal person would simply drive up to the machine, insert their card, enter in their PIN, complete their transaction, grab a receipt and move on with their life. In case you are new here, I'm not entirely normal.

SHOCK! Bankers Are Getting Some Srsly Dubious Advice From Lawyers

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.20.2013 | Business

From Saul Goodman of "Breaking Bad" to Harold Melvoin of "The Sopranos," sleazy lawyers on the teevee are always giving criminals career advice. This ...

Good Governance Requires Dimon to End Dual Roles at J. P. Morgan Chase

Frank Vogl | Posted 07.12.2013 | Business
Frank Vogl

Breaking up the biggest banks because they are perceived as "too big to fail" is unrealistic. What is needed, however, are improvements in the transparency and the accountability of governance in these institutions.

Big Banks Have Raked In $102 Billion In Subsidies Since 2009: Report

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.10.2013 | Business

America's biggest banks want you to believe that they get no special advantage, no subsidies, from being too big to fail. And yet people keep finding ...

Of Bad Bankers and Mad Men

Lisa Longo | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Lisa Longo

When I was growing up the leaders in our community were the local politicians, the mayor, and the bankers. I can remember how my grandfather, who was ...

American Air Carriers Victim to U.S. Government's Corporate Cronyism

Ken Blackwell | Posted 07.04.2013 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

America is only four months into the second term of Barack Obama and already one of its most promising industries is suffering from a pair of grossly obtuse government agencies who have banded together to aid a foreign state-owned company at the expense of domestic firms.

What's the Future of Retail Banking?

Mary Buffett | Posted 07.05.2013 | Business
Mary Buffett

With the rise in technology and the changing nature of how people shop for financial products, has your local bank branch become irrelevant?

Mark Gongloff

JPMorgan Chase Regulatory Troubles Now Even More Troubling | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.03.2013 | Business

JPMorgan Chase's many regulatory troubles are once again hurting the bank's stock. At some point you have to ask, when do they hurt management, too? ...

Identity Theft: It's Not Just for Grownups!

Neale Godfrey | Posted 06.23.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

Kids have pristine records with no real credit score of their own. Parents generally don't think to monitor the status of their kids' identity. This is the perfect combination for children to be the easy targets of identity theft.

Greening Your Financial Life: Tips from Ally Bank

Diane Morais | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Diane Morais

Just as driving a hybrid vehicle means less time spent filling up and using less water means shorter showers, greening your finances doesn't just help save the environment -- it saves you time.

Mark Gongloff

How Banks Are The New Big Oil | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.18.2013 | Business

Once upon a time, not long ago, oil companies were so despised that they had to downplay their massive profits in order to keep the angry mobs away. T...

Looking Ahead: One-Size-Fits-All-Approach Won't Work for EU Debt Crisis

Emmet Oliver | Posted 06.18.2013 | Business
Emmet Oliver

As European bank depositors, bank creditors and bank stockholders look back nervously at what happened recently in Cyprus, there is increasing speculation about what might happen to Slovenia and even some other European countries in relation to bank restructuring.

Mark Gongloff

You Won't Believe This Banker's Name | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.18.2013 | Business

The coolest names in banking are disappearing one by one. And two of them have been from Barclays Capital: First was Bob Diamond, the richly named ...

Mark Gongloff

Spitzer: Throwing Bankers In Jail Wouldn't Hurt | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.16.2013 | Business

Maybe time has mellowed Eliot Spitzer. Spitzer, who built his political career as New York Attorney General more than a decade ago by crusading aga...