budget

July 28, 2016

Back to School: Bigger Kids Bring Bigger Bills

Yesterday, we learned what parents of K-12 students will be spending this fall.  Today, we’ll focus on higher education costs.  College students and families with children […]
July 27, 2016

Back to School: Families to Spend Billions More in 2016

For many families, getting ready to go back to school is not only a time-consuming process – it’s an expensive one.  The average family is expected […]
July 26, 2016

Banks Design Apps for Non-Customers

A couple of financial institutions have recently created mobile apps available to anyone as a way of engaging with people through their phones. The institutions are […]
July 25, 2016

July Consumer Sentiment Slides

A key measure of consumers’ attitudes was lower so far this month, as high-income consumers digested Britain’s surprise vote to leave the European Union.  The Index […]
July 22, 2016

4 Tips to Beat Elderly Financial Fraud

It’s not hard to sniff out how swindlers prey upon the elderly. They know they respond to mail, phone and front-door solicitations. Older people like to […]
July 20, 2016

Homeownership Obstacles Vary by Ethnicity

While all prospective homebuyers may face challenges to buying a home, the perception of what those obstacles are can take different forms based one’s race or […]
July 18, 2016

Branches Still Integral to Banking’s Future

A few decades ago, the branch of the future was going to be an ATM and a telephone. ATMs and telephone banking were going to transform […]
July 11, 2016

Subprime Decline: Millions of Consumers Boost Scores

The share of U.S. adults with credit scores that are considered “subprime” fell to 20.7% in April, the 6th consecutive year-over-year decline and the lowest level since at […]
July 8, 2016

What Keeps Business Professionals Awake at Night?

The Wall Street Journal rounded up some recent surveys and reports dealing with payments, risk and security issues.  Here are some of the findings. Pay Up: A […]