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Lessons From a First-Time Home Buyer: Letting Professionals Do the Heavy Lifting

When buying our first home, I was afraid that I'd quickly feel as though I was in over my head. Thankfully, though, that didn't really happen. Then again, that's undoubtedly because we surrounded ourselves with professionals who were able to do a lot of the leg work for us as well as "hold our hands" during each step of the journey. Rather than dive into the pros and cons of...
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Bilt Rewards Announces $200 Million Equity Round

Bilt Rewards has announced its latest funding round as well as the addition of some luminaries to the company's board of directors. About the round and board appointments: Today, Bilt Rewards revealed a $200 million equity investment. The round was led by General Catalyst with participation from Eldridge and returning investors Left Lane Capital, Camber Creek, and Prosus Ventures. Notably, with this new funding, Bilt is now valued at $3.1...
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Money at 38: The Major Ways My Finances Have Changed

In 2016, I wrote a guest post for what was then called Dyer News (now Fioney) about my "financial awakening." What inspired that article was the fact I'd just checked my credit for the first time, leading me to take a greater interest not only in my money but in the topic of personal finance in general. Needing a title, I settled on calling it "Money at 30" — which was...
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Citi Launches Deal-Finding Browser Extension for Cardholders

Citi Bank has announced the debut of a new browser extension aimed at saving cardholders money. About the platform: This week, Citi unveiled Citi Shop. The new desktop browser extension is now available to eligible Citi credit card customers in the United States. Currently, the extension can be installed on Chrome, Safari, or Microsoft Edge browsers. Cardholders will also need to enroll their card to begin using the service. With...
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Lemonade Renters Insurance Overview (2024)

For as long as I've written this column, I've been a big advocate of renters insurance. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, it seems the majority of apartment dwellers and the like still don't carry policies to protect their belongings. Luckily, Lemonade is changing that by flipping the script on the insurance model and making it easier to get a policy. Let's take a look at what Lemonade is, how their...
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Rural King Introduces Updated Rewards Visa Card with 5% Back

The farm and home store Rural King is revamping its co-branded credit card with the help of a new banking partner. About the Rural King Rewards Visa: Rural King — a speciality store found across the midwest and southeastern United States — has announced the launch of the Rural King Rewards Visa. This co-branded card comes via a partnership with UMB Bank. The card replaces the Rural King Harvest Visa,...

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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Financial Wellness Platform Kashable Raises $25.6 Million

A FinTech that helps employees access lower-cost credit options has announced a significant funding raise. About the round: Kashable has revealed a new $25.6 million funding round. The Series B was co-led by Revolution Ventures and Moneta Ventures, while EJF Capital and Krillion Ventures also participated. The company indicates that the capital will help fuel the platform's expansion as well as the development of additional features and services. It also...
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FedEx Announces Winners of 11th Annual 2023 Small Business Grant Contest

Nearly three months after the entry period ended, FedEx has announced the winners of its 11th annual Small Business Grant Content. This year's event saw more than $300,000 in funds going to a variety of small businesses across the nation. Last month, the company revealed 100 finalists, with that list now being narrowed down to just 10 winners. This year's grand prize winners included KindVR, The Cupcake Collection, Up In...
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Imprint Launches Credit Cards from H-E-B and Central Market 

The FinTech Imprint is partnering with the popular Texas-based grocery chain H-E-B for a pair of new rewards credit cards. This week saw the launch of the H-E-B Visa Signature Credit Card as well as the Central Market Visa Signature Credit Card. With these two (nearly identical) options, customers will be able to earn rewards on groceries and beyond. First, both versions of the card earn up to 5% back on select...
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Student Loan Benefit FinTech Summer Raises $6 Million

For years, student debt has been one of the most talked about financial topics. What's more, while the debt itself has become a major part of many Americans' lives, discussion of student loans has become political due to efforts to forgive certain loan repayments. However, while we wait for resolution on that front, a FinTech that brings student debt benefit solutions to employers and consumers has raised a new round...
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Choice Hotels, Wells Fargo Debut Choice Privileges Select Card

With spring well underway and the summer travel season now just around the corner, Choice Hotels and Wells Fargo have unveiled their latest co-branded credit card offering. Today, the two companies announced the Choice Privileges Select Mastercard. Carrying an annual fee of $95, this card will serve as the premium option in the hotel brand's new lineup. Looking at the Choice Privileges Select, it offers a mix of rewards categories....
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Health and Wellness Rewards Card Ness Partners with Whole30

In recent years, several unique rewards cards have come to market. These include offerings from FinTech startups as well as brands looking to do something special for their loyal fans. On that note, a recently-announced rewards credit card offering is now working with a popular brand to introduce new benefits for customers. This week, the Ness Card (which is issued by The Bank of Missouri) unveiled a new partnership with...