All articles tagged Savings (20)

Fidelity Investments Study Reveals Near-Record Average Retirement Account Balances and Record-High Auto-Enrollment Numbers

Fidelity Investments Study Reveals Near-Record Average Retirement Account Balances and Record-High Auto-Enrollment Numbers

In a Nutshell: As employer pension plans become rarer, members of the workforce must learn to be shrewd curators of their retirement investment plans. Fidelity Investments recently identified an upward trend in retirement account balances, with the average 401(k) balance nearing an all-time high. The study also explored how auto-enrolling employees increases participation and savings over time. The data, which comes from Fidelity’s Q2 analysis of more than 30 million retirement... read more »

Where to Turn if You’ve Been Wrongfully Denied Your Retirement Benefits

Where to Turn if You’ve Been Wrongfully Denied Your Retirement Benefits

In a Nutshell: Retirement should be the reward for decades of work and sacrifice. However, many people spend their later years fighting for the pension and retirement benefits they’ve worked hard to attain for themselves and their families. The Pension Rights Center acts as a resource center for six federally funded pension counseling projects that together serve retirees across 30 states. To date, the pension counseling projects have recovered over $242 million in earned retirement... read more »

uSwitch — Our Editor’s Choice for Comparison Tools that Help UK Consumers Make Educated Financial Decisions

uSwitch — Our Editor’s Choice for Comparison Tools that Help UK Consumers Make Educated Financial Decisions

In a Nutshell: The internet has made comparison shopping easier, but the process isn’t always a snap. Many comparison websites feature solid information but without personalization tools that consider the financial needs and goals of each individual user. uSwitch is changing the status quo with a platform that allows consumers to compare credit cards, insurance, loans, and even internet service providers to receive a personalized analysis of available deals. And, once an offer is... read more »

Expert Jean Chatzky Discusses Women’s Unique Retirement Savings Goals (& How to Reach Them)

Expert Jean Chatzky Discusses Women’s Unique Retirement Savings Goals (& How to Reach Them)

In a Nutshell: Over the course of the last century, the role of women in the global economy has steadily grown, with women today holding 30% of the total private wealth. With that growing wealth, however, comes growing responsibilities — including the responsibility women have to themselves to create their own financial security. We talked to financial expert Jean Chatzky about how women can adapt to longer lives, a pay gap more akin to a chasm, and caring for their families so they... read more »

Mozo Helps Australians Save Money By Comparing Multiple Banking, Energy, and Insurance Providers

Mozo Helps Australians Save Money By Comparing Multiple Banking, Energy, and Insurance Providers

In a Nutshell: Few things can make someone feel worse than making a purchase or signing up for a service without knowing if you got the best possible deal. Internet consumer reviews can help shoppers make informed decisions, but these reviews typically highlight singular experiences and rarely compare one company to another. Mozo fills in the gaps by providing Australians with in-depth and real-time comparisons of banking, energy, insurance, and other service providers throughout the... read more »

CIT Bank Recognized with Our 2018 Editor’s Choice Award™ for Its Top-Yielding Money Market Account

CIT Bank Recognized with Our 2018 Editor’s Choice Award™ for Its Top-Yielding Money Market Account

In a Nutshell: The popularity of online banks has increased so rapidly in the last five years that their brick-and-mortar competition has scurried to keep up. Internet-only banking companies frequently offer superior rates and technology thanks to their lower overhead costs. A leader in this tech revolution is CIT Bank, which unveiled its first Money Market account in March 2018. The account features a low $100 minimum deposit to open and pays interest at a rate of 1.85% APY,... read more »

Behavioral Science Helps StickK Users Create and Complete Financial and Lifestyle Goals

Behavioral Science Helps StickK Users Create and Complete Financial and Lifestyle Goals

In a Nutshell: Everyone has a personal goal they’d like to meet. Some goals are small in scope and others can have life-changing impacts. Whatever your goal is, there’s a good chance you’ve had moments when you lacked motivation or thought about quitting. The Yale behavioral economists who created stickK spent years studying why these lapses in resilience happen and included all of their research in the goal-setting platform. StickK users create Commitment Contracts for goals as... read more »

The Down Payment Resource Platform Connects Homebuyers to Programs that Can Provide Thousands in Home Cost Savings

The Down Payment Resource Platform Connects Homebuyers to Programs that Can Provide Thousands in Home Cost Savings

In a Nutshell: Buying a home can be a confusing and complicated process no matter how many times you’ve done it. Different lenders have different qualification standards and no one seems to know how much down payment is enough. Down Payment Resource has spent the last 10 years curating the nation’s first and largest database of down payment assistance programs that, on average, contribute between $8,000 and $10,000 to qualified homebuyers nationwide. Programs can be found through... read more »

Gusto Gives SMB Employees Access to Big-Business Benefits, Including a New 529 College Savings Plan Option

Gusto Gives SMB Employees Access to Big-Business Benefits, Including a New 529 College Savings Plan Option

In a Nutshell: Highly skilled workers who have multiple employment offers typically look at monetary compensation and benefits options as the deciding factors in choosing which company to work for. For years, large enterprises held an edge over small businesses without the budgets to offer all-encompassing benefits packages. That trend is changing as small businesses, which now account for more than half of America’s workforce, are aligning themselves with companies like Gusto, an... read more »

The Swappa User-to-User Marketplace Cuts Out the Middleman to Help Consumers Earn & Pay Fair Value on Newish Tech Devices

The Swappa User-to-User Marketplace Cuts Out the Middleman to Help Consumers Earn & Pay Fair Value on Newish Tech Devices

In a Nutshell: Swappa™ is an online marketplace where sellers can list their gently used tech devices and be matched with buyers looking for quality devices at fair prices. The Swappa team deploys a multi-step authentication process prior to accepting any listings on the site to ensure devices are fully functional and free of defects, helping buyers feel confident in their purchase. All transactions are conducted through PayPal for its extensive buyer and seller protections,... read more »