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Chase Updates Marriott Bonvoy Bold Co-Branded Credit Card

Chase and Marriott Bonvoy have revealed updates to one of their co-branded offerings — alongside a best-ever welcome bonus for the card. About the updated card: The no-annual-fee Marriott Bonvoy Bold credit card has received a fresh update. First, the card will gain a variety of new rewards categories. Bonvoy Bold cardholders can now earn 2x points at grocery stores, 2x on rideshare services, 2x on select food delivery, 2x…
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Lessons From a First-Time Home Buyer: A Warning on "Interest-Free" Home Repair Financing

The unfortunate fact about being a homeowner is that, at some point, you're going to have to pay to repair/replace some expensive items in your house. And while you should try to be as prepared for that as possible, in reality, there are times when an unexpected repair may mean needing to request financing. That way, you can pay off the purchase over time rather than shelling it all out…
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CNBC Names Top 250 FinTech Companies for 2024

The popular financial network CNBC has released its latest list highlighting the top 250 FinTech companies in the world. About the list: To compile this list, CNBC partnered with Statista. Although the companies were nominated by themselves via an application — which included sharing 2023 revenues, year-on-year sales growth rate, and total employee count — Statista conducted analysis on each and considered their key performance indicators (KPIs). Specifically, overarching KPIs…
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The Spotify Car Thing and Super Planned Obsolescence

Have you noticed that the nature of consumption has been shifting? These days, questions such as "What is a product?" and "What does it mean to own something?" need to be asked as the answers are evolving. In the case of the first question, recent standalone AI offerings have revealed a growing trend of businesses basically treating paid customers like beta testers. Meanwhile, as far as the ownership question goes,…
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2024 Pay with GasBuddy Review: Yes, You Can Legitimately Save Money Every Time You Fill

Put simply, the value proposition of Pay with GasBuddy is that you can use a special card that's accepted at most gas stations in order to save a few cents off of every gallon of gas you buy. That sounds good — almost too good, if you think like me.
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SoFi Active Investing Review (2023)

Has there ever been a better time to be a newbie investor? It wasn’t long ago that trading stocks and purchasing ETFs required “a guy” who you could give orders to and they’d make it happen. Oh, but they would charge you a significant commission for the service. Cut to 2023 and things are much different. Not only has stock market trading moved online, allowing investors to make trades for…

Empower Personal Dashboard Review

A few years ago, my wife and I opened a new chapter in our financial journey as we resolved to make 2019 the year we learned more about investing. Whether I was reading books on the subject or exploring other blogs for advice, there was one recommendation I came across again and again: Personal Capital — which is now part of Empower and is known as the Empower Personal Dashboard….

Yes, You Can Earn Cash Back With Dosh

The bottom line is that the Dosh app works as well as I could have hoped for earning cash back and I'm excited to try some of the other features (namely the travel bookings) it has to offer. So, if you're looking to maximize your savings and perhaps even double up on your credit card rewards, I'd recommend checking out Dosh and seeing what cash back you can earn.
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Greenlight Level Up Review: A Free Financial Literacy Game

Despite personal finance being an important topic for those of all ages, few schools make it a part of their curriculum. In this absesnse, several companies and institutions have offered their own ways for children, teens, and adults to gain financial literacy. Among those looking to lend some assistance is Greenlight, which now offers a free financial learning game called Level Up. Even better, the company recently announced a partnership…
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Mana App Review: The Neobanking App for Gamers

One of the most intriguing trends I've seen emerge since I've been following FinTech is the advent of niche neobanks. These days, you can find apps geared towards certain communities, interests, and more. Among the latest examples I've seen of this is an app called Mana, which bills itself as the best debit card for gamers. Now, I may not be a big gamer, but I do know a thing…
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Fioney Top 10 Must-Read Personal Finance Articles - March 2024

Top 10 Personal Finance Articles of the Month — March 2024

Welcome to Fioney’s look at the top 10 personal finance articles of the month. On the first Friday of each new month, we look back at some of our favorite posts published in the weeks prior and highlight them here. This includes a mix of sites that have become staples of our lists as well as many first-timers. Up first, we’ll be talking about some money lessons and other thoughts…

Varo Bank Review: The FinTech With a National Bank Charter

In 2020, Varo Money made history by becoming the first FinTech firm to be awarded a national bank charter — resulting in the new name Varo Bank. Although I hadn’t previously used Varo Money, they always struck me as an intriguing service that put its customers first. So, is that same spirit still present in Varo Bank? Let’s take a look at what Varo Bank has to offer, including the…
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2023 Guide to Travel Credit Cards

In case you hadn’t heard, travel is back in a big way. With demand for flights, hotels, and more going strong, it may be time to grab a new credit card that will not only reward you on the purchases of these bookings but can also bring some perks to your travel experience. What’s more, several travel-centric credit cards are now offering some of their best welcome bonuses. On that…
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A Guide to Building Credit and Increasing Your Credit Scores

When it comes to credit, there’s some good news. The average credit score in the United States has been steadily rising in recent years, coming in at 715 in 2023. That may be because, today, consumers not only have more ways to access their credit reports and scores than ever before but also because there are an increasing number of options that Americans have for building credit in the first…

2024 SoFi Checking and Savings Review

Ever since I started taking an interest in the FinTech sector, one company whose name I’ve seen pop up over and over again is SoFi. Lately it seems as though that theme has been sent into overdrive as the company has not only become a household name thanks to its stadium naming rights deal but also because of the company’s continued product expansions. The most interesting development in my mind…
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Brim Financial Raises $85 Million as It Eyes Global Expansion

Toronto-based FinTech infrastructure startup Brim Financial has announced a new funding round. About the round: Brim has revealed an $85 million round. The Series C was led by EDC Investments while new investor Vistara Growth and returning investors White Owl Group, Epic Ventures, and Zions Bank also participated. To date, the company has now raised $110 million including a Series B in 2021. According to Brim, the latest funding will…
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Chase Reveals Q2 2024 Freedom 5%(+) Bonus Categories

Chase has announced its bonus category picks for the second quarter of 2024 — including some interesting twists. About the categories: As April approaches, Chase has revealed what categories Freedom and Freedom Flex cardholders can earn bonuses on. From April 1st through June 30th, customers can earn 5% (or more) in three categories: Amazon.com, Hotels, and Restaurants. Similar to how Chase embraced a “New Year, New Me” theme last quarter,…
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Chase Updates Marriott Bonvoy Bold Co-Branded Credit Card

Chase and Marriott Bonvoy have revealed updates to one of their co-branded offerings — alongside a best-ever welcome bonus for the card. About the updated card: The no-annual-fee Marriott Bonvoy Bold credit card has received a fresh update. First, the card will gain a variety of new rewards categories. Bonvoy Bold cardholders can now earn 2x points at grocery stores, 2x on rideshare services, 2x on select food delivery, 2x…

CNBC Names Top 250 FinTech Companies for 2024

The popular financial network CNBC has released its latest list highlighting the top 250 FinTech companies in the world. About the list: To compile this list, CNBC partnered with Statista. Although the companies were nominated by themselves via an application — which included sharing 2023 revenues, year-on-year sales growth rate, and total employee count — Statista conducted analysis on each and considered their key performance indicators (KPIs). Specifically, overarching KPIs…

Discover Bank Debuts Balance+ Overdraft Feature for Debit Card

Discover Bank is rolling out a new feature that could help those customers living paycheck-to-paycheck. About Balance+: This week Discover announced Balance+ for its checking accounts. Using this option, Discover customers can overdraw their checking (via debit card purchase) by up to $200 without incurring fees. However, to qualify for this feature, accountholders must have qualifying direct deposits of $200 or more for at least the past two calendar months….

Aeroplan Offering Unique Credit Card Bonus for 40th Anniversary

In celebration of Aeroplan’s 40th anniversary, Chase and Air Canada are running a unique welcome offer for the Aeroplan Card. About the bonus: To start, the Aeroplan Card is currently offering a traditional (albeit elevated) welcome bonus. New cardholders can earn 70,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on the card within their first three months. However, on top of that, those who apply with the next week will be able…

Pinwheel Announces New Partnership with Narmi

Two FinTechs are teaming up to bring a useful feature to workers. About the partnership: This week, Pinwheel and Narmi announced their newly formed partnership. As a result of this deal, Narmi financial institution customers will have access to Pinwheel Prime and other solutions. One of the key features of Pinwheel Prime is direct deposit switching. This tool allows workers to quickly and easily adjust where they receive their paychecks….

Amex Announces Haneda Airport Centurion Lounge Location

American Express has revealed its next international Centurion Lounge location. About the Centurion Lounge at HND: The Centurion Lounge network is expanding, with Amex announcing that a new location at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) is set to debut in 2025. This new lounge will be found in Terminal 3 on the fourth floor. While Centurion currently has locations in India, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Sweden, England, Hong Kong, and the…

Are We Witnessing the End of the Neobank?

The first time I heard the term “FinTech” was in 2015. In the near-decade since, I’ve become a diligent observer of the industry and a sizable fan overall. Over the years, I’ve witnessed some startups rise to mainstream success while others go out nearly as quickly as they arrived. Similarly, I’ve watched as venture capital funding reached record highs… and then receded. Yet, even through the “crypto winter” and other…

California Personal Finance Education Bill Signed Into Law

The state of California will soon be rolling out a financial literacy course as part of its high school curriculum. About the bill: California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 2927 — better known as the Personal Finance Education bill — into law. This follows the bill’s passage in the state Senate and Assembly last week, where it saw unanimous bipartisan support. Currently, less than 1% of California students…

Robinhood Acquires AI Investment Research Platform Pluto

The popular trading app Robinhood is joining the AI gold rush with its latest acquisition. About Pluto and the acquisition: In a blog post, Robinhood announced plans to purchase the AI-powered investment research tool Pluto Capital. With Pluto, investors can obtain customized strategies based on their goals. As a result of the acquisition, Pluto’s founder and CEO Jacob Sansbury will join Robinhood’s team. Financial details of the deal were not…

Rainforest Announces $20 Million Funding Round

A payment provider built for software platforms has raised a sizeable Series A. About the round: Rainforest has announced that it has raised $20 million in new funding. The over-subscribed Series A was led by Matrix Partners with returning investors Accel, Infinity Ventures, BoxGroup, The Fintech Fund, Tech Square Ventures, and Ardent Venture Partners also participating. To date, Rainforest has now raised a total of $31.75 million in funding, including…
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A Guide to Building Credit and Increasing Your Credit Scores

When it comes to credit, there’s some good news. The average credit score in the United States has been steadily rising in recent years, coming in at 715 in 2023. That may be because, today, consumers not only have more ways to access their credit reports and scores than ever before but also because there are an increasing number of options that Americans have for building credit in the first...

2024 SoFi Checking and Savings Review

Ever since I started taking an interest in the FinTech sector, one company whose name I’ve seen pop up over and over again is SoFi. Lately it seems as though that theme has been sent into overdrive as the company has not only become a household name thanks to its stadium naming rights deal but also because of the company’s continued product expansions. The most interesting development in my mind...
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Brim Financial Raises $85 Million as It Eyes Global Expansion

Toronto-based FinTech infrastructure startup Brim Financial has announced a new funding round. About the round: Brim has revealed an $85 million round. The Series C was led by EDC Investments while new investor Vistara Growth and returning investors White Owl Group, Epic Ventures, and Zions Bank also participated. To date, the company has now raised $110 million including a Series B in 2021. According to Brim, the latest funding will...
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Chase Reveals Q2 2024 Freedom 5%(+) Bonus Categories

Chase has announced its bonus category picks for the second quarter of 2024 — including some interesting twists. About the categories: As April approaches, Chase has revealed what categories Freedom and Freedom Flex cardholders can earn bonuses on. From April 1st through June 30th, customers can earn 5% (or more) in three categories: Amazon.com, Hotels, and Restaurants. Similar to how Chase embraced a "New Year, New Me" theme last quarter,...
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Bilt Announces Home Collection Deal for May 2024 Rent Day

For May's Rent Day, Bilt is offering a deal that will allow members to decrease their rent bill while also adding to their home decor. About the Home Collection offer: Bilt has crafted a unique Rent Day offer for May 2024. Through the 1st, when Bilt members redeem their points toward rent payments, they'll receive the same number of points to be used toward Bilt Home Collection items. To take...