Research Center Archive

CLIP Index: Are Banks Offering Consumers a Fair Deal?

July 9, 2014

June was an unusual month for banking conditions, as mortgage rates continued to fall despite an improving economy, while CD rates actually rose.

Most Americans Underestimate Nursing-Home Expenses

June 24, 2014

New research finds that most Americans don't realize how much nursing-home care costs -- a misunderstanding that may spell trouble later.

Best States to Make a Living 2014

June 9, 2014

Want to find the best place possible for work? has identified the top 10 U.S. states for making a living in 2014.

Worst States to Make a Living 2014

June 9, 2014

While economic conditions in some parts of the country are improving, these states appear to be lagging behind the rest when it comes to employment opportunities.

Best and Worst States to Make a Living 2014: Full 50-state list

June 9, 2014

If your state didn't make the best or worst lists, you can find its ranking for working conditions here.

Workers Say Obamacare Will Delay Their Retirement

May 27, 2014

A new poll from finds that many Americans are worried that Obamacare could lead to higher health care costs and later retirements.

Best US States for Banking 2014

May 19, 2014

Based on a range of criteria relevant to bank customers, here are this year's 10 best states for banking.

Worst US States for Banking 2014

May 19, 2014

Though closures have slowed, poor service and low deposit rates remain significant problems in the banking industry, and these states have it the worst.

Best and Worst States for Banking 2014: Full 50-State List

May 19, 2014

Didn't see your state on the lists for Best and Worst States for Banking? Find where it placed here.

Savings and Money Market Account Rates Fall in Q1 2014

April 28, 2014

Despite today's historically low yields, the latest survey of deposit rates finds that there are still deals to be had for savers.

How much have Fed policies cost savers? Try $757.9 billion

Study: Blue states have the income-inequality blues

Bank Fees Survey EOY 2013: Big banks equal big fees

Cable companies rank worst for customer service

Survey: Americans prefer tax refunds to bigger paychecks

Money Perspectives with Carson-Newman University's Ronnie Chen

America's Best Rates 2013 Q4: Yields continue declining (with some exceptions)

Job insecurity: the American worker's reality

Best savings accounts 2014

Money Perspectives with Case Western Reserve's William Mahnic

Optimizer Plus: an online option from Synchrony Bank

Survey: Consumers don't want what banks are offering

2014 interest rate forecast

Money Perspectives with San Francisco State University's Shengle Lin

Money Perspectives with Professor Robert Johnson

Is the Internet saving you money? Not necessarily

Money Perspectives with Professor Don Sabbarese

Despicable me: 37 percent admit cheating financially

11 Best States to Retire 2013

10 Worst States to Retire 2013

Best and Worst States to Retire 2013: the complete list

How will retiring baby boomers affect the economy?

America's Best Rates 2013 Q3: Deposit rates suffer a relapse

Examining today's banking landscape

10 states where youth rules 2013

Best and worst states for young people 2013: 50-state list

Has the Fed acted correctly on interest rates?

America's top money worries and regrets

What will lift deposit rates first: inflation or growth?

Best savings accounts 2013: mid-year update

Top 10 cities for frugal retirees

Bank Fees Survey mid-2013: Free checking hits a new low

America's Best Rates 2013 Q2: Deposit rates drag their feet

Who saves more: husbands or wives?

6 percent mortgage rates: coming in 2014?

Estimated cost of Fed policy: $635 billion and counting (infographic)

Want better service? Try banking online

America's Best Rates 2013 Q1: Online banks go their own way

Best States to Make a Living 2013

Worst States to Make a Living 2013

Best and Worst States to Make a Living 2013: Full list

The Fed's 2012 predictions: right or wrong?

Best and worst states for banking

Best and worst states for banking: 50-state list

America's incredible shrinking savings rate (infographic)

Bank Fees Survey EOY 2012: Online banks resist rising fees

Citibank: tradition matched with technology

Flagstar Bank: a quarter-century of innovation

Nationwide Bank: 21st century service, decades of experience

America's Best Rates 2012 Q4: Online banks press their advantage

Best savings accounts 2013

First Niagara Bank: modern ammenities, old-fashioned service

Mutual of Omaha Bank: from insurance to online banking

Ultima Bank combines traditional and online banking

The MoneyRates Index

HSBC Bank: blending direct and retail banking

Doral Direct: online CDs with competitive rates

EmigrantDirect: online accounts from a venerable institution

KeyBank: comprehensive banking services

GE Capital Bank: online accounts, community focus

Barclays Bank: from across the pond to your computer

Infographic: Avoiding money problems in relationships

Bank of America: a world leader in finance

E*TRADE Bank: more than a brokerage

Wells Fargo Bank: an American icon since 1852 Interest Rate Comparison Tool

10 Best States to Retire 2012

10 Worst States to Retire 2012

Best and Worst States to Retire 2012: The complete list

America's Best Rates 2012 Q3: Online banks go against the grain

EverBank offers high-yield pledge to savers

Capital One 360: new brand, tested concept

Sallie Mae Bank: from students loans to savings accounts

Battleground economics: Do swing-state financial conditions favor Obama or Romney?

Discover Bank offers strong options for online savings

CIT Bank: a century-old commitment to savings

AbleBanking offers combination of saving and philanthropy

9 great checking accounts for college students

ING DIRECT: online banking pioneer

FNBO Direct: cutting-edge accounts, 150-year history

Ally Bank offers direct banking, competitive rates

10 states where youth rules 2012

Infographic: Are you a compulsive spender?

Bank Fees Survey mid-2012: Checking and ATM costs jump again

America's Best Rates 2012 Q2: The fight against low rates

Infographic: Attack of the Debt Monkey

Testing the Fed's predictions

The high cost of the Fed's low rates

America's Best Rates 2012 Q1: A rate hunter's guide

Best States to Make a Living 2012

Worst States to Make a Living 2012

Best and Worst States to Make a Living 2012: Complete list

Should an Oscar for 'The Artist' worry investors?

Retirement savings: How do yours measure up?

Bank Fees Survey EOY 2011: Free checking makes a comeback

America's Best Rates 2011 Q4: Getting more from your savings

The financial landscape of decades past

12 free checking accounts for baby boomers

Were the good old days really that good?

America’s Best Rates 2011 Q3: How to buck the low-rate trend

Best States for Retirement 2011

Worst States for Retirement 2011

Best and Worst States for Retirement 2011: Complete List

10 best states for raising children

11 best checking accounts for college students

Bank fee survey mid-2011: Free checking options fewer, but not gone

America’s Best Rates 2011 Q2: Where to put your savings now

America’s Best Rates 2011 Q1: Where can you get consistently high deposit rates?

Best States to Make a Living 2011

Worst States to Make a Living 2011

Best And Worst States to Make a Living 2011: Complete list

American Express Bank builds on company's reputation

America Saves Week 2011 Feb. 20-27

Bank fee survey EOY 2010: Free checking is far from extinct

Best checking accounts for college students

Top checking accounts for heavy ATM users

Best and Worst States for Retirement 2010: Complete List

Best States for Retirement 2010

Worst States for Retirement 2010

Bank fee survey mid-2010: What's Up (or Down) with Bank Fees?

Bank fee survey EOY 2009: Bargains still exist for smart shoppers

One Percent Makes All The Difference

Reverse Mortgage Myths: Get the Facts