Monday, May 11, 2015

Apple Pay Has a Big Future if Nielsen Reports are Anything To Go By

Reports by Nielsen, the New York and Diemen based American global measurement and information firm indicate that:

  • 45 percent of consumers have used a scanned QR/barcode to process mobile payments,
  • 37 percent have made mobile payments using Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies,
  • 24 percent have used a mobile credit card reader and
  • 22 percent a mobile peer-to-peer app to pay for goods and services.

Of all the mobile m-commerce applications that have been used by consumers, a mobile based payment service that has a  feature used the most by consumers is likely to receive the most adoption. This is supported by an infographic designed by eMerchantBroker dubbed, The Evolution of Mobile Payments. The Apple Pay that was officially announced by Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook on September 2014 uses sensors to enable users to process payments for goods and services by simply swiping their smartphones.

In this regard, the Apple Pay service uses exactly the form of technology reported by Nielsen to have the highest rate of adoption. Just as in the case of other Quick Response Code reader technologies, the user of an Apple Pay service simply has to swipe their iPhones to have the payment done without having to pull out any plastic or cash for the same. Gone are days when you would patiently wait for a network to process your transaction.

Apple has done even more to make this Pay service really convenient. They are revolutionizing the credit card and debit card industry by digitizing the plastic money through its alliances with MasterCard Inc., Visa Inc. and American Express Co.

It is supporting debit and credit cards from institutions including Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Capital One Financial Corp., Citigroup Inc., and a host of other key financial institutions that represent about 83 percent of the United States’ total credit-card purchase.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Money Market Rates 4/15

Here are the latest money market interest rates of the banks that I've been tracking on my blog. Note that these rates are sorted by APY, and represent institutions that I have accounts at, or have otherwise mentioned in my blog:

1.05% GE Capital Bank Online Savings
0.99% Ally Bank Online Savings
0.90% Discover Bank Online Savings
0.90% American Express High Yield Savings
0.75% FNBO Direct Online Savings
0.75% Capital One 360 Savings
0.25% Western FCU Money Market
0.05% Citibank Savings Plus
0.03% Chase Plus Savings

In some cases, MMA interest rates are tiered. If this is the case, I usually report the interest rate at the $10,000 tier in these updates. Rates are believed to be accurate as of 4/20/15. I did not include banks that had special, or introductory rates in the list because they are not ongoing interest rates. I am also not including non-liquid accounts such as CD's in the list. I have included one credit union in the list so that readers have a comparison point with banks. This month, I have added GE Capital Bank to the list. By a small margin, GE Capital Bank Online Savings now has the top position on this list yielding 1.05% APY.

The frequent changes show how variable the money market is. Because this is a constantly moving target, it has been very hard to keep track of the rates that I've been getting in my various money market accounts, and this is the main reason I've decided to compile a list of these annual percentage yields.

So, that is the latest list of money market rates. Please let me know if you know of any higher interest rates.

DC

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Money Market Rates 3/15

Here are the latest money market interest rates of the banks that I've been tracking on my blog. Note that these rates are sorted by APY, and represent institutions that I have accounts at, or have otherwise mentioned in my blog:

1.05% GE Capital Bank Online Savings
0.99% Ally Bank Online Savings
0.90% Discover Bank Online Savings
0.90% American Express High Yield Savings
0.75% FNBO Direct Online Savings
0.75% Capital One 360 Savings
0.25% Western FCU Money Market
0.05% Citibank Savings Plus
0.03% Chase Plus Savings

In some cases, MMA interest rates are tiered. If this is the case, I usually report the interest rate at the $10,000 tier in these updates. Rates are believed to be accurate as of 3/16/15. I did not include banks that had special, or introductory rates in the list because they are not ongoing interest rates. I am also not including non-liquid accounts such as CD's in the list. I have included one credit union in the list so that readers have a comparison point with banks. This month, I have added GE Capital Bank to the list. By a small margin, GE Capital Bank Online Savings now has the top position on this list yielding 1.05% APY.

The frequent changes show how variable the money market is. Because this is a constantly moving target, it has been very hard to keep track of the rates that I've been getting in my various money market accounts, and this is the main reason I've decided to compile a list of these annual percentage yields.

So, that is the latest list of money market rates. Please let me know if you know of any higher interest rates.

DC

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Whole Foods Continues to Climb

A few months back, I wrote the post, I Don't Remember Why I Bought Whole Foods. But I am glad that I did buy into Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFM). At the time of that post, WFM closed at 46.81. As of yesterday, WFM was trading at 56.68, adding another 21% to the previous price.

I am continuing to recommend Whole Foods Market Inc (Nasdaq: WFM) for purchase. This company is a retailer that operates the largest U.S. based chain of natural and organic food supermarkets. WFM again announced earnings that exceeded the Street's expectations. I have been following WFM for a while, and the recent price history of WFM is a bit rocky. The stock recent dropped as low as 36.08 in July 2014.

WFM stock price is clearly turning around, Whole Foods is a member of the Standard and Poors 500 index. Some of the reasons that I have picked WFM are because of the following:
  • WFM has been consistently profitable for several years according to the S&P Stock Report. I do not generally recommend investing in unprofitable companies.
  • WFM has a current dividend yield of 0.91%. Note that this yield is less than in the last quarter because of the advance in stock price. But I like to know that if the stock price stagnates, I will still receive some income for having my money tied up.
I firmly believe that WFM has reversed its downward direction, and that the worst is over for its stock price. So Whole Foods Market Inc (WFM) is now my latest stock pick. So far, WFM has been the best performer in my portfolio in the last year.

PF Stock

Monday, January 12, 2015

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    PF Stock Money Tips #4: Shopping
    PF Stock Money Tips #5: Organize Your Purchases
    PF Stock Money Tips #6: Reduce Wasteful Spending
    PF Stock Money Tips #7: Live Below Your Means
    PF Stock Money Tips #8: Plan Your Finances

    DC

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

    Money Market Rates 12/14

    Here are the latest money market interest rates of the banks that I've been tracking on my blog. Note that these rates are sorted by APY, and represent institutions that I have accounts at, or have otherwise mentioned in my blog:

    1.05% GE Capital Bank Online Savings
    0.99% Ally Bank Online Savings
    0.90% Discover Bank Online Savings
    0.85% American Express High Yield Savings
    0.75% FNBO Direct Online Savings
    0.75% Capital One 360 Savings
    0.25% Western FCU Money Market
    0.05% Citibank Savings Plus
    0.03% Chase Plus Savings

    In some cases, MMA interest rates are tiered. If this is the case, I usually report the interest rate at the $10,000 tier in these updates. Rates are believed to be accurate as of 12/26/14. I did not include banks that had special, or introductory rates in the list because they are not ongoing interest rates. I am also not including non-liquid accounts such as CD's in the list. I have included one credit union in the list so that readers have a comparison point with banks. This month, I have added GE Capital Bank to the list. By a small margin, GE Capital Bank Online Savings now has the top position on this list yielding 1.05% APY.

    The frequent changes show how variable the money market is. Because this is a constantly moving target, it has been very hard to keep track of the rates that I've been getting in my various money market accounts, and this is the main reason I've decided to compile a list of these annual percentage yields.

    So, that is the latest list of money market rates. Please let me know if you know of any higher interest rates.

    DC

    Monday, November 10, 2014

    I Don't Remember Why I Bought Whole Foods

    But I am glad that I did. Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFM) is up 7.48 (19%) for the past week, closing at 46.81.

    Back in February 2007, I posted this article about Whole Foods:

    Stock Pick: Whole Foods Market Inc

    I am once again recommending Whole Foods Market Inc (Nasdaq: WFM) for purchase. This company is a retailer that operates the largest U.S. based chain of natural and organic food supermarkets. WFM recently announced earnings that exceeded the Street's expectations. I have been following WFM for a while, and the recent price history of WFM is a bit rocky. The stock recent dropped as low as 36.08.

    WFM stock price has begun to turn around, Whole Foods is a member of the Standard and Poors 500 index. Some of the reasons that I have picked WFM are because of the following:
    • WFM has been consistently profitable for several years according to the S&P Stock Report. I do not generally recommend investing in unprofitable companies.
    • WFM has a current dividend yield of 1.0%. I like to know that if the stock price stagnates, that I will still receive some income for having my money tied up.
    I firmly believe that WFM has reversed its downward direction, and that the worst is over for its stock price. So Whole Foods Market Inc (WFM) is now my latest stock pick.

    PF Stock

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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      PF Stock Money Tips #2: Credit Cards
      PF Stock Money Tips #3: Taxes
      PF Stock Money Tips #4: Shopping
      PF Stock Money Tips #5: Organize Your Purchases
      PF Stock Money Tips #6: Reduce Wasteful Spending
      PF Stock Money Tips #7: Live Below Your Means
      PF Stock Money Tips #8: Plan Your Finances

      DC

      Friday, September 26, 2014

      Money Market Rates 9/14

      Here are the latest money market interest rates of the banks that I've been tracking on my blog. Note that these rates are sorted by APY, and represent institutions that I have accounts at, or have otherwise mentioned in my blog:

      0.90% Ally Bank Online Savings
      0.85% Discover Bank Online Savings
      0.80% American Express High Yield Savings
      0.75% FNBO Direct Online Savings
      0.75% Capital One 360 Savings
      0.20% Western FCU Money Market
      0.05% Citibank Savings Plus
      0.03% Chase Plus Savings

      In some cases, MMA interest rates are tiered. If this is the case, I usually report the interest rate at the $10,000 tier in these updates. Rates are believed to be accurate as of 9/25/14. I did not include banks that had special, or introductory rates in the list because they are not ongoing interest rates. I am also not including non-liquid accounts such as CD's in the list. I have included one credit union in the list so that readers have a comparison point with banks. By a slim margin, Ally Bank Online Savings is again in the top position on this list.

      The frequent changes show how variable the money market is. Because this is a constantly moving target, it has been very hard to keep track of the rates that I've been getting in my various money market accounts, and this is the main reason I've decided to compile a list of these annual percentage yields.

      So, that is the latest list of money market rates. Please let me know if you know of any higher interest rates.

      DC

      Monday, August 25, 2014

      Money Market Rates 8/14

      Here are the latest money market interest rates of the banks that I've been tracking on my blog. Note that these rates are sorted by APY, and represent institutions that I have accounts at, or have otherwise mentioned in my blog:

      0.87% Ally Bank Online Savings
      0.85% Discover Bank Online Savings
      0.80% American Express High Yield Savings
      0.75% FNBO Direct Online Savings
      0.75% Capital One 360 Savings
      0.20% Western FCU Money Market
      0.05% Citibank Savings Plus
      0.03% Chase Plus Savings

      In some cases, MMA interest rates are tiered. If this is the case, I usually report the interest rate at the $10,000 tier in these updates. Rates are believed to be accurate as of 8/22/14. I did not include banks that had special, or introductory rates in the list because they are not ongoing interest rates. I am also not including non-liquid accounts such as CD's in the list. I have included one few credit union in the list so that readers have a comparison point with banks. By a slim margin, Ally Bank Online Savings is again in the top position on this list.

      The frequent changes show how variable the money market is. Because this is a constantly moving target, it has been very hard to keep track of the rates that I've been getting in my various money market accounts, and this is the main reason I've decided to compile a list of these annual percentage yields.

      So, that is the latest list of money market rates. Please let me know if you know of any higher interest rates.

      DC

      Tuesday, July 22, 2014

      Money Market Rates 7/14

      Here are the latest money market interest rates of the banks that I've been tracking on my blog. Note that these rates are sorted by APY, and represent institutions that I have accounts at, or have otherwise mentioned in my blog:

      0.87% Ally Bank Online Savings
      0.85% Discover Bank Online Savings
      0.80% American Express High Yield Savings
      0.75% FNBO Direct Online Savings
      0.75% Capital One 360 Savings
      0.20% Western FCU Money Market
      0.05% Citibank Savings Plus
      0.03% Chase Plus Savings


      In some cases, MMA interest rates are tiered. If this is the case, I usually report the interest rate at the $10,000 tier in these updates. Rates are believed to be accurate as of 7/21/14. I did not include banks that had special, or introductory rates in the list because they are not ongoing interest rates. I am also not including non-liquid accounts such as CD's in the list. I have included one few credit union in the list so that readers have a comparison point with banks. By a slim margin, Ally Bank Online Savings is again in the top position on this list.

      The frequent changes show how variable the money market is. Because this is a constantly moving target, it has been very hard to keep track of the rates that I've been getting in my various money market accounts, and this is the main reason I've decided to compile a list of these annual percentage yields.

      So, that is the latest list of money market rates. Please let me know if you know of any higher interest rates.

      DC

      Thursday, June 26, 2014

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      PF Stock Money Tips #2: Credit Cards
      PF Stock Money Tips #3: Taxes
      PF Stock Money Tips #4: Shopping
      PF Stock Money Tips #5: Organize Your Purchases

      DC

      Saturday, May 10, 2014

      Three Stocks To Own Right Now

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      Monday, April 7, 2014

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      DC

      Wednesday, March 12, 2014

      3 Things That You Can Do To Avoid Bankruptcy

      Bankruptcy is a scary concept for everyone. Unfortunately, for many consumers, it's not just a concept, it's a reality. The simple fact is, the recent financial recession has made it almost impossible to survive financially for many people. As a result of this, tons of people have racked up debts that they don’t see any way of paying back any time soon. So, one thing constantly looming on the minds of these consumers is, "Will I be able to avoid bankruptcy?".

      Although not everyone will be able to entirely avoid bankruptcy, most people asking the question will. That is, if they follow the right steps to realizing debt relief. That being said, here are 3 great ways to get your debts paid off, and hopefully avoid bankruptcy.

      Option #1 - Debt Consolidation
      Debt consolidation is a great process that's really been getting a bad rap lately for some reason. I think the biggest reason for this is the adverse effects it may have on consumer credit scores. The simple reality is, no debt relief program is going to have a positive effect on credit scores. That being said, debt consolidation is a great way for many to dig their way out of overwhelming debt.

      There are 2 forms of debt consolidation. The first is to consolidate your debts all in one debt consolidation loan. The other, and more popular form of debt consolidation is negotiation and management driven. In this form, the company you hire will negotiate hardship interest rates with the lenders you owe money to. Once all is negotiated, they will give you 1 lump sum payment to send. That payment will be sent to the debt consolidation company and they will administer payments to the lenders. This process generally leads to lower interest rates and lower monthly payments.

      Option #2 - Sell A Structured Settlement
      Although, not everyone has a structured settlement, those who do can really make it work for them in times of overwhelming debt. Instead of settling for bi-weekly or monthly payments, it's possible to sell your settlement payments and get one big lump sum in return. In this case, you could use the lump sum payment that you receive as a way to pay off your debts in full, or pay them down to a manageable amount.

      Option #3 - Debt Settlement
      The final option, debt settlement is looked down upon by many. However, it's been the key to debt relief for tens and possibly even hundreds of thousands of consumers. Using this option, you would hire a company that will help you through the process of settling your debts for pennies on the dollar. Often times, debts can be settled for as little as 30% of the total amount owed.

      Although there is a lot to this process, I can provide a short, to the point breakdown. Instead of sending your lenders payments, you would send them to the debt settlement company. Those payments will be held in a SPA (Special Purpose Account) until you had enough to pay off the settled amount of at least one of your debts. At this point, the debt settlement company will call the lenders you owe money to and make an attempt to negotiate the amount owed on the debt.

      Final Thoughts
      When you're in debt, it may seem like there’s absolutely no way out. The good news is, there is a way out. Not just one way, but many. Now, it’s up to you to do your research and find the option that works best for you!