Financial Institutions Owned by People of Color

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Did you know that there are 28 financial institutions owned by Black people? How about that there are 33 owned by Latinos? 86 owned by Asians and 19 owned by Native Americans? If you want to use your funds to grow your community then using a financial institution owned by communities of color might be right up your alley.

Check out the whole list here.

Shay Olivarria Quoted on FoxBusiness.com

Financial education speaker and author Shay Olivarria was quoted about credit unions on FoxBusiness.com.

As you know, Shay Olivarria and Bigger Than Your Block have always been huge advocates of credit unions. If you are thinking about moving from a traditional bank to a credit union, here’s an article to help you think through your options. Want the short version? Read Shay’s quote below:

Many credit unions have programs to coach you through saving, reducing debt, saving for short-term and intermediate goals, and investing for retirement, says Shay Olivarria, author of “10 Things College Students Need to Know About Money.”

“Not only will they help you get where you want to be, you’ll understand how you got there and why it’s important to stay there,” Olivarria says.

Shay Olivarria is the most dynamic financial education speaker working today. She speaks at high schools, colleges, and companies across the country. She has written three books on personal finance, including Amazon Best Seller “Money Matters: The Get It Done in 1 Minute Workbook”. Shay has been quoted on Bankrate.com, FoxBusiness.com, NBC Latino and The Credit Union Times, among others. To schedule Shay to speak at your event visit www.BiggerThanYourBlock.com

Voluptua Project – 5 Reasons You Should Open an Account at a Credit Union

This month, my article on The Voluptua Project is about credit unions.

# 1 Traditional banks don’t care about you.
Traditional banks exist to make money for shareholders. This means that regardless of how much money they spend to make you think otherwise, their main concern is for a healthy bottom line not for your welfare. Sometimes their desire to earn profits dovetails with your desire to be financially solvent, but don’t be fooled .. read the rest of the article here.

Phone Apps You Need

It’s important that we manage our money effectively and efficiently. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “its not how much you make, it’s how much you spend”. I’ve created a list of a few phone apps that are:

– Cheap
– Effective
– Easy to use

Take a gander at these puppies.

Budget

They say, “Budget helps you track your spending and keep to a budget. You can easily see your total income and your total expenses for a period, plus which expenses you are spending the most on and which expenses you are going over budget on.”

I say that everyone needs to have a spending plan and there’s nothing like having your personal finance information at your fingertips. Using this app is a small change that will make a huge difference in your personal finance outlook… if you use it.


Compare Me Shopping Utility

They say, “WAS FEATURED BY APPLE IN “WHAT’S HOT” Did you ever shop at Sams, Costco or online at Amazon? Then CompareMe may help you to save money! CompareMe lets you compare products in different sizes and even in different packs.”

I say it’s an easy way to help you find out which buy is the best deal. Who knows if the $2 can at 16 oz. is a better buy than the $2.30 can at the 20 oz.? The Compare Me Shopping Utility knows.


iCredit Calculator

They say, “In the 1.2 release of the iCredit Calculator, the calculated repayment results can be generated into a PDF document that you can then e-mail as an attachment from your phone.”

I say this is a must have tool. When you’re out shopping and think, “i’ll put it on my credit card” this handy dandy tool will be there to help you find the true cost of those purchases. Small purchases really add up and effect your credit.

Bank of America Mobile Banking

They say, “Mobile Banking allows you to check available balances, pay bills, transfer funds or locate ATMs and banking centers on-the-go. It’s fast, easy and convenient. It’s a free service and available to Bank of America Online Banking* customers.”

I say it’s a great way to monitor your accounts on the go. The days of sitting at home balancing your checkbook are long gone for most of us. Why not have access to your accounts 24 hours a day, so you don’t end up with overdraft fees. Be honest… you know you take your phone everywhere you go. Now, you’ll have your personal finance information as close your music playlists!

Bloomberg

They say, “Bring the power of the most trusted source for financial information to your iPhone, along with tools to help you analyze the world’s markets.”

I say it’s a great free app that helps you toy around with financial market information. If you’d like to know more about stocks and how they work why not download an app from one of the most trusted financial sites in the world. Get this, it also comes in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Ukrainian. Nice!

What apps do you use for personal finance?

Start Your Own Bank

I was just reading an article on the Huffington Post about people starting their own banks.. and I thought, “that’s awesome!”.

As more and more people become fed up with large banks and their:

– ridiculous fees for just about any/everything
– horrible customer service
– unwillingness to help people/small businesses when they need it

it becomes more and more clear to me that putting your money in a credit union is the way to go. Not only do credit unions provide more opportunity for you to build a relationship with those entrusted with managing your money, they also provide the opportunity for each customer to make decisions about the policies, fees, etc. of that financial institution. Yep, you heard me right. As a member of a credit union you are part owner of said credit union. Instead of having no voice in decisions involving your money you have an equal vote with every other shareholder (credit union member) about what goes on at that credit union.

Now, if that’s not awesome enough for you or you don’t have a credit union that’s close to you, consider this: you can start your own credit union. Credit unions are usually started by a group of people with a similar interest, say they all are the same religion, work at the same place, or engage in the same hobby. Creating a credit union can be done in 10 steps. You’ll need at least 500 people to state that they are interested, fill out some paperwork, find a CPA to help out and collect about $25 from each member.

I’m not saying that starting your own bank is an easy as snapping your fingers, but I’m saying that it might not be as complicated you might think.

Be well.

PEACE