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.

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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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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....

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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...