Personal Finance

Banks with Lowest Mortgage Refinance Rates by State [Updated 2021]
Banks with Lowest Mortgage Refinance Rates by State [Updated 2021]

There’s no time like the present, as the old saying goes. The mortgage refi industry has seen impressive trends where current rates are concerned. Feeding off the consumer-friendly momentum of 2020’s final quarter, we’ve seen mortgage rates hit record lows over the last six months. In fact, those numbers peaked early in 2021, with average...

Jul 21, 2021
7 of The Worst Business Decisions in History
7 of The Worst Business Decisions in History

Many years ago I enjoyed reading an article about the stupidest business decisions in history. The article struck a particular chord with me as a young entrepreneur. So much so, that every time I am in a situation where I am about to make a key decision, I think back on that article I read....

Jul 19, 2021
Top 7 Best Banks to open a Checking Account Online in the U.S
Top 7 Best Banks to open a Checking Account Online in the U.S

For many of us, most of our financial life now exists online. Direct deposits, debit cards, and online banking have brought us to a point where most people have no need to ever go into a physical bank. Without being limited to your local bank, a lot of new options open up for an online...

Jul 17, 2021
How Soon Can A Mortgage be Refinanced?
How Soon Can A Mortgage be Refinanced?

Mortgage rates hit a historical low in 2020, prompting homebuyers to get a new or additional home and homeowners to refinance their homes to lower their interest rates. This phenomenon was brought about by the steady increase in mortgage-backed securities that pushed rates lower than the average. However, it won’t last forever. In fact, despite...

Jul 17, 2021
The Top Cashback Credit Cards in 2021
The Top Cashback Credit Cards in 2021

Nowadays, it’s too convenient to have a credit card or two on hand when you’re out to make a purchase or want something online. They’ve become especially appealing to shoppers who are careful only to spend what they can afford, make a lot of purchases, and are interested in getting some of that money back...

Jul 11, 2021
Best Personal Loan for Credit Card Debt Consolidation
Best Personal Loan for Credit Card Debt Consolidation

Are you one of the 191 million Americans with credit card debt? If so, debt consolidation might be the right choice for you. A debt consolidation loan is a personal loan used to pay off high-interest debt. It’s a simplified way to combine multiple credit card balances into one single payment. Here’s what you should...

Jul 10, 2021
What To Consider Before Refinancing Your Home (Complete Checklist)
What To Consider Before Refinancing Your Home (Complete Checklist)

Before refinancing your home to get a more favorable interest rate, there are several things to consider. If the timing is right, you can save a significant amount on your monthly payments. Lenders look at various factors to determine your interest rate; chief among them are debt-to-income ratios, credit scores, and the type of home...

May 15, 2021
Top 10 Ways to Shop Online and Pay With a Checking Account
Top 10 Ways to Shop Online and Pay With a Checking Account

When online shopping, you don’t always have to use your debit or credit card. With some online stores, you can also use your checking account information. Paying with your checking account is a simple process that will allow you more versatility when shopping online. Below, we discuss 10 ways that you can shop online and...

Jul 22, 2021
The 9 Best Reloadable Prepaid Cards With No Fees
The 9 Best Reloadable Prepaid Cards With No Fees

If you are looking for a similar yet effective alternative to a debit card, a prepaid card may be your solution. Prepaid cards allow you to load money onto them to make any purchases at any location. Essentially, they function similarly to debit cards, without having any connection to a bank account. This makes prepaid...

Sep 12, 2021
Introducing Surfky’s Electric Car Sales Index
Introducing Surfky’s Electric Car Sales Index

At surfky, we’re big supporters of cleantech and all viable initiatives that help the world move to renewable forms of energy consumption. That’s why we’re excited to announce the launch of our Electric Car Sales Index, which shows the total yearly sales of electric vehicles in the United States by state. We use credible sources,...

Feb 09, 2021
How WSB Now Wants to Take Down the Entire Fiat Monetary System
How WSB Now Wants to Take Down the Entire Fiat Monetary System

It all started with the GameStop (NYSE: GME) short squeeze. It’s rare when stock market news become the main topic at the dinner table, but it’s hard to think there is a sexier story for Main Street than a group of internet renegades getting together to pump a collection of stocks and push billion-dollar wall...

Jan 30, 2021
How To Refinance Your Mortgage To Buy Another House
How To Refinance Your Mortgage To Buy Another House

As a homeowner who makes mortgage payments every month, you might be interested in refinancing your house to purchase a second home. This new purchase could be for a fun vacation spot for the family or new investment property. Regardless of the reasons, refinancing might be for you. If you think that refinancing might be...

Jan 29, 2021
Purchasing a House after Refinancing? Read This First
Purchasing a House after Refinancing? Read This First

Regardless of if you have recently refinanced, there are options available to take the next step in obtaining the home of your dreams. Many people refinance for various reasons: utilizing home equity, shortening the length of a loan, making payments more affordable, and much more.  Purchasing a home after refinancing is a popular option that...

Mar 17, 2021
Top 5 Unsecured Credit Cards for 400-500 Credit Scores
Top 5 Unsecured Credit Cards for 400-500 Credit Scores

If you have a credit score between 400 and 550, don’t rule yourself out of being able to own a good credit card. Instead, consider applying for an unsecured credit card that will help you build a better credit history. In this article, we highlight the top seven unsecured credit cards for credit scores in...

Sep 12, 2021
What Income Do You Need For a $400K – $500K Mortgage?
What Income Do You Need For a $400K – $500K Mortgage?

Owning a home is a dream for many. However, purchasing one is a complex process. From making an offer to negotiating closing costs, the financial aspects of home-buying can be frustrating for even the savviest shopper.  However, one thing that shouldn’t feel challenging should be figuring out the income you need to qualify for a...

Jan 25, 2021
10 Best NerdWallet Alternatives in 2021
10 Best NerdWallet Alternatives in 2021

NerdWallet has quickly leapt into the top echelon of personal finance websites in the United States. Launched in 2009 by founder and CEO Tim Chen, the site has become a juggernaut in the very competitive personal finance space, surpassing older and more established players like BankRate. According to Inc. Magazine, the company is worth a...

Feb 01, 2021