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E*Trade Review and Current Promotions

by Kevin Mercadante

E*TRADE set the bar as one of the first online discount brokers. But is it the broker you should be using? We help you answer that question in our E*TRADE review. It’s curious that the editorial team here at Consumerism Commentary has never reviewed E*TRADE before today. I say that because we have written about […]

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Pros and Cons of Interest-Only Mortgage Payments

by Luke Landes

Interest only mortgage payments appeal to many because of the low monthly payment. But are they a good way to go? We list the pros and cons. A while back, a Consumerism Commentary reader named Ryan suggested I write about interest-only mortgages. I thought this was an interesting request. So I definitely wanted to address […]

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CIT Bank Review and Bonuses

by Stephanie Colestock

CIT Bank bonus offers can be very rewarding. We track these bonuses and CIT rates, which currently are the best you’ll find for an online savings account. Everybody needs a safe place to tuck away their emergency fund or vacation savings. A high yield savings account is a great option. Considering that the average savings […]

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Can You Eliminate $500 of Your Expenses Each Month?

by Luke Landes

How to Save $500 a Month: Saving money doesn’t have to hurt. We’ve developed a plan to help you save an extra $500 a month without sacrificing your lifestyle. Even when you’re good at managing your money, it’s surprisingly easy to let things get out of control. When you’re young and broke, you can be […]

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Fact or Fiction: A Credit Card Balance Will Increase Your Credit Score

by Abby Hayes

Some say carrying a small credit card balance will increase your credit score. Is that true or an urban legend? We asked the credit experts. I’ve spent countless hours research credit scores. One of the more interesting assertions I came across had to do with credit card debt. Some financial experts say it’s better to […]

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A Complete Guide to Refinancing Your Mortgage

by Stephanie Colestock

Trying to decide whether to refinance a mortgage? In our guide, we walk you through how to refinance a mortgage and where to find the best rates. Have you been in your current home mortgage for a few years? Do you see advertised mortgage rates well below what you’re locked in for? And do wonder […]

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2018 Federal Income Tax Brackets

by Stephanie Colestock

The IRS has released the 2018 tax rates. Here they are by income and tax filing status. We also cover exemption amounts and standard deduction. Ah, fall has arrived. You know, the time of year when the leaves change colors, the days get shorter . . . and the IRS releases next year’s tax brackets. […]

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Ally Bank Savings Account Review

by Rob Berger

I’ve banked with Ally Bank for years, opening both a savings account and CD. In this Ally Bank review, we’ll look at rates, fees and account types. Just over ten years ago, General Motors was having trouble remaining in business. Its subsidiary that provided customers financing for automotive purchases, GMAC, converted to a bank holding […]

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A Review of Betterment – Robo Advisor

by Michael Pruser

Is Betterment a smart way to invest your money? Our detailed Betterment review gives you everything you need to make a sound investing decision. Betterment is a different type of brokerage. Most discount brokerages want to get customers to trade as frequently as possible. But Betterment is looking to be your asset manager. Currently, the […]

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Discover it® Miles – 3% Cash Back for the First Year

by Michael Pruser

It’s the only card that pays you 3 percent cash back on every purchase the first year. And with no annual fee. The details are in our Discover it Miles review. Some time ago, Discover made the conscious decision to re-brand its entire line of credit cards. Previously known as “More” credit cards, Discover decided to […]

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