This checking account donates 1% of its revenue to climate nonprofits

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The 1% for the Planet Account from Bank of the West puts your money to work stopping climate change—and tells you the carbon footprint of your purchases. If you have an account with a large U.S. bank such as JPMorgan Chase or Wells Fargo, you’re most likely financing fossil fuel extraction . These banks help finance billions of dollars of new coal, oil, and gas projects every year, using your money that’s sitting in their accounts. For those who want their money to better the planet rather than worsen climate change, Bank of the West has launched a new checking account that donates 1% of its revenue to environmental nonprofits, tells you the carbon footprint of your purchases, and comes with a compostable debit card. Read Full Story

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Millions are applying for unemployment, but the system is broken by design. Here are their stories

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More than 35 million American workers have filed for unemployment since March, and millions are still waiting to receive benefits. Their stories expose a truth that can no longer be ignored: The system is built to fail. Following eight years working in luxury retail and more than 20 years in finance before that, Francis Rennie is considering retiring in September. Read Full Story

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Free offers are everywhere these days. But what are you sacrificing to these quick fixes?

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A behavioral finance director at Betterment points out our attraction to fast and easy decisions is backfiring on us. Instead, apps and brokerage firms are collecting our information and careening their way to profit from these free offers. Personal finance amid the pandemic has meant unprecedented spikes in user engagement with advice platforms, online budgeting tools, and trading apps. While people are paying more attention to their accounts and directing cash from tax refunds and stimulus to savings and retirement funds, they’re also testing technology and resources that have become available “free of charge” since COVID-19. Read Full Story

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Best Small Business Loans

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Unless you’re independently wealthy, most small business owners need a loan at one point or another. From paying for startup costs to expansion projects, equipment, or unexpected incidents, quick access to funding will make it easier for your company to grow. Whether you’re launching a brand new venture or own an established business, there are so many different small business lending options out there to consider. Which small business loan is best for you? This guide contains everything you need to know on the subject. The Top 6 Options For Small Business Loans Fundbox Funding Circle Accion Lendio OnDeck Kiva How to Choose the Best Small Business Loans For You Small business loans come in all different shapes and sizes. So as you’re evaluating different options, there are specific …

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Allocadia’s MPM platform will inspire you to ditch your marketing spreadsheets

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30-second summary: Founded in 2010 by twin sisters Kristine and Katherine Steuart, Allocadia has over 100 employees around the world. Allocadia serves mid-to-large businesses with their cloud-based MPM platform, which is available at three price points, depending on the level of management required. MPMs enable companies to plan, gain insights, and optimize multiple marketing campaigns and programs from one central location. After implementing the platform, Allocadia customers can begin seeing results within thirty days. Since Juniper Networks implemented Allocadia seven years ago, the marketing team has closed the quarter within 1% of target for the past 29 quarters. After Microsoft implemented Allocadia in 2016, the company experienced an 88% reduction in manual data entry, were able to account for 100% of field marketing dollars, and generated over 1 million leads via planned marketing activities. By using Allocadia’s tools, GE Digital’s marketing organization reported 2.55 times greater return on marketing investment …

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4 things to consider before you agree to a severance package

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Before you sign your severance agreement, take your time and take a closer look at what you’re gaining—and giving up. Personal finance expert Jen Smith was roughly five weeks away from giving birth when she found out she was one of roughly 45 people her company was laying off. She would receive a severance package that included five weeks of pay and one month of health insurance coverage, then she would be eligible to continue her coverage through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, or COBRA. Read Full Story

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IRS stimulus check: Your last chance to claim one and what happens after the deadline

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3 p.m. ET Saturday is the final deadline to submit your info in order to receive your outstanding stimulus payment. Many Americans received their Economic Impact Payment (aka stimulus check) earlier this year—so far, about 160 million of them. However, there are still plenty of Americans that have yet to do so. One big reason for that is those Americans are likely to be ones that are not required to file a tax return—and thus the Internal Revenue Service does not have updated address or bank account info to send them their stimulus funds. Read Full Story

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