Crypto.com Scores Naming Rights to Major Los Angeles Venue

Once again showing how mainstream cryptocurrencies are becoming, this week Crypto.com made waves by announcing a new naming rights deal. Staring on Christmas Day, what is now known as the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California will officially become Crypto.com Arena. The venue — which is home to the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, Los Angeles Spark, and LA Kings — will replace all external signage to reflect the change...

Upgrade Raises $280 Million Series F

The appropriately named Upgrade just managed one of their own with its latest funding round. Today, the company announced that it had raised $280 million. The Series F was led by Coatue Management and DST Global with additional participation from Dragoneer Investment Group, Gopher Asset Management, G-Squared, Koch Disruptive Technologies, Old Well Partners, Ribbit Capital, Sands Capital, Ventura Capital, and Vy Capital. To date, the FinTech has now raised a total...

Money at 30: "At Your Best" Audiobook Review

If you're anything like me, you probably go to bed thinking about what a productive day you're going to have come morning. Even as that new day unfolds, you still hold out hope that your to-do list will be crushed before the day's end. Yet, somewhere along the way, everything gets derailed and even a post-mortem can't help you determine just what exactly went so wrong. Seeing as this happens...

American Express Announces 2021 Small Business Saturday Campaign

With the 12th annual Small Business Saturday just around the corner, American Express has announced details about its 2021 campaign. This year's Small Business Saturday will be observed on November 27th. Ahead of that date, Amex is rolling out a new marketing campaign, Google Shopping collaboration, an online marketplace for Black-owned businesses, and more. First, American Express has launched a nationwide marketing campaign. This includes once again offering free downloadable...

Knott's Berry Farm Announces Cashless Initiative

Throughout the pandemic, adoption of contactless payments has continued to grow. This not only includes use of mobile wallets but also tap to pay technology on traditional credit and debit cards. In turn, some retailers have also begun discouraging the use of cash or even disallowing acceptance of it all together. Now, a major Southern California theme park has joined the list of places where cash will be all but...

Consumer Price Index Sees Largest 12 Month Increase in 30+ Years

Amid the United States' continued efforts to recover from the pandemic and get Americans back to work, one of the biggest economic stories in recent months has involved inflation. Anecdotally, many consumers have reported seeing prices on essentials rise, impacting their personal finances. Now, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' October Consumer Price Index shows that prices are not only increasing but are doing so at levels not seen in three...

Amex Introduces Exclusive Morgan Stanley Blue Cash Preferred Card

Something that most credit consumers may not realize is that American Express occasionally offers exclusive versions of their cards. For example, Charles Schwab customers could famously apply for a special edition of the Platinum Card and transfer their points to their brokerage account at a rate of 1.25¢ each (although this has since been lowered to 1.1¢ per point). Now, Morgan Stanley and American Express have announced another exclusive product,...

7 Ways to Make Small Business Saturday a Success

It’s almost here once again: this year’s Small Business Saturday will be held on November 27th. With the now 11-year-old holiday continually gaining popularity and importance, it’s imperative that entrepreneurs across the nation take advantage of this retail holiday — especially after the challenging year that was 2020. Even if you’re just learning about this special day now, the good news is that it’s not too late for you and...