The Top 3 Tips for North Vietnam

In addition to Thailand , Vietnam is right at the top of the bucket list for naturelovers and culture lovers in the hot spots : beautiful landscapes, delicious (and healthy!) Food and millennia-old culture are opening their doors in Vietnam. Sventja from the freaky finance community came back full of enthusiasm from Vietnam and followed my call to introduce her TOP 3 tips….

Top 14 strategies for CD savers

When shopping for CDs, it pays – and by that, we mean puts dollars in your wallet – to be aware of the current interest rate environment and available offerings. The Federal Reserve has raised the federal funds rate nine times since December 2015. These increases are a part of the reason CDs have higher…

Best bank account bonuses for March 2019

Your home may not be the only thing that could use some cleaning this spring. Take some time to get your financial house in order, and consider whether you could use a new checking or savings account. In exchange for opening a new account, your bank might put some money in your pocket. And if you’re strapped…

Mortgage rates increase for Friday

Multiple benchmark mortgage rates floated higher today. The average rates on 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed mortgages both moved up. On the variable-mortgage side, the average rate on 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages also rose. Rates for mortgages are constantly changing, but they have remained in a historically low range for quite some time. If you’re in…

Announcing: Bankrate Cards Madness

The month of March is underway, and that means many across the country are gearing up for a certain college basketball tournament. As top-ranked teams compete to be the nation’s best on the court, others fill out brackets to join in the madness of competition off the court. In that same spirit, we have decided…

Tax refunds bounce back, but fewer people are getting them

After getting off to a slow start this tax season, the average refund issued to taxpayers has started to bounce back, according to the latest data from the IRS. But the numbers also show that fewer people are receiving refunds compared with last year’s levels. On Thursday, data showed the average tax refund was $3,143, a…

5 tax-filing tips to help you maximize your return

ax season is well underway. If you haven’t filed or at least started your preparation, now is the time. Due to changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, it’s important to carefully consider your tax strategy to make sure you take advantage of the credits and deductions that work best for your situation.