Good reading for August 14th:
- Top 10 money drains – Good list of small charges (and a few big ones) that add fast, from Bankrate.com.
- Apple – iWork – Numbers – Widely Compatible – Wow, Apple’s new “Numbers” spreadsheet application reads OFX! Not only that, it reads all of the OFX files in our test suite. Nice work, Apple.
- NPR : Credit-Ratings Firms and the Mortgage Monster – Good NPR story about the relationship between credit bureaus and the mortgage crunch.
- Ridiculous Money Saving Ideas » Blueprint for Financial Prosperity – A great list of anti-tips. It’s important not to go overboard, in several ways, when looking for financial optimizations.
- Web offers budgeting help – Wesabe in the NY Daily News!
- New Bank Practices Make Hacking Easier – Dark Reading – “Many of the new practices that banks are using to verify users’ identities are actually making their customers easier targets, according to a security researcher.” Oy.
- Steven Pearlstein – ‘No Money Down’ Falls Flat – washingtonpost.com – Great summary of what’s going on in the mortgage industry this week, and why people are freaking out world-wide.
- Who owns your bank transaction data? « Rowan Simpson – Nice post from our friends at Xero, mentioning Wesabe.
- Study: It doesn’t pay to be smart – USATODAY.com – USAToday (via Consumerist) reports that, “People with 140 IQ scores (a score of 100 is average) missed payments and maxed-out their credit cards more often than their lower IQ counterparts.” Another stereotype dashed!