Personal Finance: What You Need To Know Today

Category: Personal Finance

Personal finance and money management can be very confusing. Most people know that optimizing their finances is important but few feel confident that they have the knowledge to do so.

At Fioney we stay on top of the latest economic trends, financial products, and money management strategies in order to provide the knowledge to help you use the money you have today to live the life you want.

Learn to make your money work for you. Whether it’s getting debt free or buying a home we have you covered.

"The Unbanking of America" Book Review

In her new book " The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives" author Lisa Servon looks at everything from the payday loan industry to FinTech while also discussing the changing economics of the middle class.
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Charlie Introduces SpeedBump Fraud Protection Feature

A FinTech that helps prevent adults from falling victim to scams and fraud is adding a new feature to further that cause. About SpeedBump: Today, Charlie announced the launch of its SpeedBump feature. This tool combines alerts, pauses, and real-time education to help protect older adults who may be vulnerable to scams and fraud. SpeedBump may be activated when Charlie customers take certain actions, such as adding a payee, making...
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Technology Financing Company Gynger Raises $20 Million

A FinTech that helps tech-buying businesses finance their purchases has closed a new round of funding. About the round: This week, Gynger announced that it had raised $20 million. The Series A was led by PayPal Ventures, while Gradient Ventures, Velvet Sea Ventures, BAG Ventures, and Deciens Capital also participated. In addition to the equity round, the company secured a debt facility of $100 million from Community Investment Management. Previously,...
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Starbucks and Marriott Bonvoy Announce Rewards Partnership

Two popular loyalty programs are joining forces to reward travelers (and keep them caffeinated). About the partnership: Starting this week, Starbucks Rewards and Marriott Bonvoy members will be able to link their accounts and earn bonus rewards. First, those with linked accounts will earn Double Stars during stays at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties. If a regular Starbucks Double Stars Day falls during one of these stays, members can earn Triple...
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"Work Optional" by Tanja Hester Book Review

Editor’s note: The following review was first published in 2019, but the conclusion has been updated for 2024. Prior to attending last year's FinCon Expo, I had certainly heard about FIRE (short for "financial independence, retire early) but it wasn't until I arrived at the conference that I realized how large the movement had grown. Of course, with popularity comes backlash, as some so-called "gurus" have questioned the fundamentals of...
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Pepper App Offering 10% Off Lowe's Gift Cards for Father's Day

The cashback app Pepper Rewards has a special deal in place for Father's Day weekend. About the offer: Starting today and running through this weekend, Pepper is offering a 10% instant discount on Lowe's gift cards — in addition to the regular 5% back. As a result, users can purchase a $50 gift card for $45, a $100 gift card for $90, a $500 gift card for $450, etc.. The...
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Lessons From a First-Time Home Buyer: Our First Major Repair as Homeowners

Well, it had to happen sooner or later. This week, my wife and I placed a maintenance call, with the hope that it might be a small fix — but, of course, it turned out to be a worst-case scenario. The culprit causing harm to our wallets this time? Our water heater. The good news is that, through this process, we learned a few things that I think will help...
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Financial Reporting FinTech InScore Launches, Raises $4.3 Million

A FinTech that helps companies with their financial reporting and auditing processes has officially launched and raised a new round of funds. About the round and InScope: InScope has announced that it recently raised $4.3 million. The seed round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, while a group of individual investors also participated. The San Francisco-based InScope was founded last year and ran a beta earlier this year but is...
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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...