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Majority of Americans Still Prefer Tax Refunds Despite Drawbacks

As the 2020 tax deadline nears, the volume of tax prep commercials is steadily increasing. In many of these ads, the service advises that their customers see the largest refunds. However the irony of such spots is that, according to some experts, large refunds are actually not ideal as they...

A Look at How Rakuten (Ebates) Works in 2020 8

If there’s one website that I’ve seen come across again and again since I’ve taken an interest in personal finance matters, it’s Ebates. As Mint is to budgeting apps, Ebates is to cashback sites, as it seems to be the largest of its kind by far, boasting deals from more...

FinTech Startup Astra Joins Visa's Fast Track Program

For FinTech startups, speed is the name of the game. As we've seen time and time again, it's important for these firms to acquire customers as quickly as possible, with venture capital often helping fuel their race against the clock. That's where the Visa Fast Track program comes in, making...

Money at 30: Money Patrol Review 2

These days there's certainly no shortage of tools that can help you build and stick to a budget, monitor your investments, and otherwise keep a better hold on your finances. The latest of these services to come to my attention is Money Patrol. Like Personal Capital and Mint before it,...

OnDeck Survey Ranks Business Owners' Preferred Presidental Candidates

Last night the lead up to 2020 presidential election officially got underway as the Iowa caucuses saw the first votes being cast for the candidates. However, as of this writing, the results of the evening have yet to be released following some apparent snafus. In the meantime a recent national...

Bitcoin IRA Reaches $400 Million in Crypto Transactions

A company facilitating the ability to invest in cryptocurrencies via a retirement account has just reached a monetary milestone. Launched in 2016, Bitcoin IRA announced this week that it had surpassed $400 million in cryptocurrency transactions. The accomplishment also comes a year after their 24-hour-a-day self-trading crypto platform launched. News of...

FinTech Lender LendUp Hits $2 Billion in Loans

It seems that, every few months or so, another survey shows that the majority of Americans would be unable to cover an unexpected expense of a few hundred dollars or more. As a result, despite the best efforts of regulators, so-called "payday loans" continue to be a popular albeit expensive...

Digital Bank Bask Launches, Offering Airline Miles Instead of Interest

These days there are dozens of digital banks, sometimes referred to as "challenger banks." While these branch-less offerings often bear benefits that make them more attractive than traditional banks, even the best among them fail to truly break the mold. Now one online saving account is trying something a bit...