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Archive for January 2009

January 2009 - Net Worth Update and Personal Finance Status

Published 1/31/09  (Modified 11/27/13)

By MoneyBlueBook

As a work from home attorney and self driven small business entrepreneur, I like to keep tabs on the pulse of the business markets and track the breaking of current economic news at all times. Whenever I'm working from home, I always have CNBC or the Fox Business News channel playing on the TV. However, because of this constant monitoring of the markets and relentless digestion of every piece of bad economic news that comes through the news wire, I've steadily become an extremely bearish investor of late. With little credible positive news to speak off for the foreseeable economic future, I've become ever more protective of my existing financial assets, making a mad dash for safety like I've never done before.

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett (who despite all of his historical wealth building wisdom, seems to be suffering a bit of a credibility and legacy problem recently with the plunge of his Berkshire Hathaway investments) used to preach that the world of money and finances revolves around the inextricable interplay between two core human emotions - fear and greed. These two primal capitalist emotions dictate our personal financial paths at any given moment and determine how we each respond to potential monetary opportunities as they present themselves. The age old Warren Buffett truism is that we ought to be greedy when others are fearful, since valuations and expectations are lowest, and opportunities and potential upside are highest at the peak of overwhelming market fear - but unfortunately, I think I have succumbed to this

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Review Of WT Direct Bank High Interest Online Savings Account

Published 1/29/09  (Modified 3/22/11)

Review Of WT Direct Bank High Interest Online Savings Account By MoneyBlueBook

If I had to place a bet, I'd wager that chances are, you probably have never heard of WT Direct savings bank before. Compared to more popular online banks like ING Direct or HSBC, WT Direct is a relative unknown in the world of high yield savings accounts. However, its comparative obscurity shouldn't necessarily prevent the bank from becoming the perfect fit for those looking for the best online savings account available. Oftentimes, it's the smaller financial institutions without the gigantic advertising budgets or over-hyped marketing departments that truly offer consumers the best savings account profiles and highest interest rates for their money. While I'm not exactly raising WT Direct up to the status of the absolute best online bank, the company's flagship banking product certainly deserves a bona-fide chance at a fair evaluation. For those holding onto a savings stash that is less than minimal, the WT Direct high yield savings account offers a pretty competitive banking package.

While WT Direct Bank���� and the WT Direct high yield savings account are relatively new creations, they are both the online product extensions of Wilmington Trust FSB, a major financial services corporation publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange, with more than a century worth of banking experience under its belt. Though the Wilmington Trust parent company is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware with numerous brick and mortar offices and domestic branches spread throughout major cities in the United States, its new online division of WT Direct is actually based in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Review Of ING Direct Savings and Electric Orange Checking Accounts

Published 1/20/09  (Modified 3/22/11)

Review Of ING Direct Savings and Electric Orange Checking Accounts By MoneyBlueBook

Back in the pre-Internet caveman days, the very concept of a high interest savings account consisted of a bank deposit at your local neighborhood banking branch that offered an underwhelming .50% interest rate on deposits (merely half of a single percentage point). For most aggressive savers at the time, the only practical way of achieving a high annual percentage yield (APY) on bank deposits was to seek out the best CD rates by setting up a certificate of deposit account. However, given the less liquid nature of CDs compared to savings accounts, and the greater complexity with CD management and rollovers upon expiration, most bank consumers ended up accepting the low APY rates of the day. But with the emergence of the Internet and the World Wide Web came a new innovation with the force to change the financial landscape forever - online banking. With the rapid ascension and development of online banking came the emergence of online-only savings and money market accounts. With the ability to tap into substantially lower overhead costs, and the ability to eliminate the need to operate expensive bank branches or pay live tellers to manage them, online banks quickly surpassed traditional retail banks in what they could offer consumers in the way of improved 24/7 on-demand services and higher rate offers for bank deposits.

ING Direct - Leader Of The Early High Yield Savings Account Movement

One of the very first Internet based financial services firm to enter the U.S. virtual banking market was actually a large Dutch

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Free Quicken Online Review and Quicken 2009 Discount Coupon Codes

Published 1/14/09  (Modified 3/22/11)

By MoneyBlueBook

Quicken 2009 Discount Coupons and Promo Codes Listed Below

The editors at CNN Money recently examined and reviewed several of the top online personal finance tools - and ultimately decided to award its highest honors to four winners - Mint, Yodlee MoneyCenter, Wesabe, and Quicken Online. In the editorial review, all four personal financial management websites were highly regarded and praised for their innovative money management features that offered Internet consumers an introductory and accessible way to manage their saving, spending, and retirement portfolio online, all for free.

However, of the four highly regarded and mentioned personal finance sites, Quicken Online perhaps has the most impressive historical lineage, having been created and spun off as an online web app by Intuit, the same financial software maker that brought us the popular desktop money management tool Quicken, and ubiquitous tax preparation program Turbo Tax. While Quicken Online has been around for some time, it wasn't until recently that the financial tool was finally available online for free (previously, Quicken Online cost $2.99 per month after the end of the initial free trial period). While Intuit's bread and butter has historically been its comprehensive suite of Quicken desktop programs, it's clear the era of Internet based financial web tools is at hand. With the slow demise of print media as well as the end of newspapers, it seems the former stalwart money management tool has been forced to go online to match the emergence of new free competing tools. With the

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Review Of Dollar Savings Direct High Yield Savings Account

Published 1/9/09  (Modified 3/22/11)

Review Of Dollar Savings Direct High Yield Savings Account By MoneyBlueBook

If you've been in the market for a high interest savings bank and have been searching for the highest interest rate offers, you may have come across an unfamiliar online savings bank called Dollar Savings Direct. It's no wonder few people have heard about Dollar Savings Direct - for many months since its establishment, the online savings bank has been operating under the shadows of its more established and well known divisional cousins - Emigrant Direct and Emigrant Savings Bank.

Until about a year ago, Dollar Savings Direct used to be known as BancoFortuna - Emigrant Savings Bank's attempt at launching a Spanish language bank to deepen its foothold into the Hispanic and Latino online banking market. Promoting its BancoFortuna.com website and touting a very high annual percentage yield (APY) interest rate on new accounts, Banco Fortuna was intended to appeal to U.S. consumers in the Spanish speaking demographic. After many months, it was ultimately evident and clear that the online bank's venture into the U.S. Spanish speaking market wasn't as successful as the bank had planned or hoped. Ultimately, and months into the foray, Emigrant re-branded Banco Fortuna into a new but familiar English based service - establishing a new bank named Dollar Savings Direct. If you visit the old BancoFortuna.com website today, you are automatically redirected to Dollar Savings Direct, confirming the change in marketing approach. While still a relative upstart, Dollar Savings Direct has recently begun to garner some success and much attention with its attractive high interest rate promotions, rates

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Best CD rate for High yield CD

Published 1/7/09  (Modified 6/9/15)

By MoneyBlueBook

Updated List Of the Top Certificate Of Deposit Deals and Offers

If you're searching for a definitive and regularly updated list of the best CD rates currently available in the market, you've come to the right place. In the CD rate table below, I've compiled a list of the top nationally available certificate of deposit bank offers featuring the highest annual percentage yields (APY). While CD rates and certificate of deposit offers rise and fall with market interest changes, they tend to promote much higher interest rates of return than other forms of bank or credit union deposits, such as high yield savings or money market accounts. The trade off in order to enjoy the higher interest rates that CDs afford, is a certain degree of liquidity and access to your money. When you put your savings in a CD account, the money is momentarily locked up for the duration of an agreed upon fixed CD term period. In exchange, banks are willing to pay you a much higher interest rate for your savings than they'd otherwise compensate you for a regular savings account. Typically for certificate of deposits, the longer the CD term you are willing to lock yourself into, the higher the CD interest rate you will receive in return.

For the sake of brevity, I have chosen to only list the best CD rates for 12 month certificate of deposits. Along with the top CD rates, I have also provided comparative rate offers from popular brick and mortar retail banks as well.

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