Category: Financial

Money at 30: BlockFi Interest Account Review

For years, I'd been hearing about cryptocurrencies and found myself increasingly intrigued. Unfortunately, at the time, I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to purchase, trade, or spend them. Thankfully, that's changed a lot in recent years as crypto and blockchain become more mainstream. Yet, what's interesting to me is that cryptocurrencies are still often treated as an investment instead of, well, currency. That's why BlockFi got...

Money at 30: Ando Bank Review

If you're a long-time follower of my column, you've probably seen me discuss the digital banking account Aspiration before. While I was pleased with how that account balanced an environmental message and being a solid banking product at first, things went downhill quickly as the latter elements suffered significantly. That's why I was excited to discover another green-centric banking option in Ando. So what does Ando have to offer and...

Money at 30: Spiral vs Bella Loves Me — Banking + Giving Comparison

One of the great things about FinTech in general and neobanks in particular is how each can put a new spin on basic financial ideas. Case in point: both Spiral and Bella Loves Me have found ways to combine digital banking with the idea of increasing giving. Yet, despite that similar focus, the execution is remarkably different — making the comparison worth a closer look. With that in mind, let's...

Money at 30: Point Debit Card Review — Worth the Fee?

A few months back, I remember seeing an ad for a debit card called Point. With the sleek site, brightly colored cards, and attractive benefits, I was definitely interested. Well, that was until I saw that there was an annual fee — an annual fee... for a debit card?! That's where things stayed until recently when I saw that Point raised an impressive funding round, leading me to take a...

Money at 30: Savely App Review

For the past 18 months or so, planning travel has been a bit treacherous and frustrating to say the least. Meanwhile, many haven't even bothered trying to plan a trip for fear that it will likely get canceled (see: my latest booking cancelation). However, with at least some hope on the horizon, it's understandable that some may be fantasizing about taking the trip of their dreams in 2022 or beyond....

Mint vs. Personal Capital: How Do the Finance Platforms Compare?

Living into today’s FinTech-rich world, it’s almost difficult for me to think back to how things used to be. Using pencil and paper or even spreadsheets to manage budgets? Having to visit a bank branch or ATM to check an account balance? And I can’t even imagine actually balancing a checkbook! Now you can do all of that and much more from various personal finance apps — two of which...

Money at 30: Yotta vs. PrizePool

In my time as a FinTech app reviewer, I've encountered a lot of interesting and mold-breaking banking offerings. One such platform that fits this description is Yotta Savings, which allows savers to win cash prizes through weekly drawings. Funny enough, nearly a year after I initially reviewed Yotta, the app PrizePool came on my radar. In this case, the app... allows savers to win cash prizes through weekly drawings. However,...

Money at 30: Spiral Review — Charity Giving and Digital Banking Meet

One of my favorite things about covering the state of FinTech is that there are so many fresh takes on what a digital banking account can be. That was definitely the case with Bella Loves Me, which focuses on random acts of kindness between users. The same can also be said of the app Spiral, which combines neobank features with a charity giving platform. So, how does Spiral execute on...