TJ PorterTJ Porter has in-depth experience in reviewing financial products such as savings accounts, credit cards, and brokerages, writing how-tos, and answering financial questions. He has also contributed to publications and companies such as My Bank Tracker, CardCruncher, and Echo Fox. He aims to provide actionable advice that can help readers better their financial lives. In his spare time, TJ enjoys thinking up new ways to optimize my own finances, in addition to cooking, reading, playing games (of the board and video variety), soccer, ultimate frisbee, and hockey.

What is a Stock? Learn About the Common Types and How to Buy Them

A stock represents a small piece of ownership in a company. When you own a stock, you are a part-owner of the company that issued it. Stocks are an important component of a diversified long-term investment strategy.

TJ Porter 03 Jan

BBVA Compass Review: No-Frills Checking, Savings, and CDs

BBVA Compass operates more than 600 branches across seven states, including Texas, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, and New Mexico. In this BBVA Compass review, we’ll discuss three of the bank’s most popular accounts: checking, savings, and certificates of deposit.

TJ Porter 02 Jan

Stash Review: Is the Stash App All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Stash is an app that aims to make investing easier, less scary, and more fun. You can get started with just a little bit of money, add to your balance over time, and invest in industries and companies you’re passionate about.

TJ Porter 27 Dec

Digit Review: Should You Trust This App with Your Money?

Saving money is important. However, few people are able to actually buckle down and save money. In this Digit Review, we cover the benefits and drawbacks of this automated savings tool to help you decide if it’s a good fit for you.

TJ Porter 14 Dec

What is a Certificate of Deposit and When Should You Use One?

A CD is a special type of bank account that is used for long-term savings. Like savings accounts, CDs help your money grow over time and they aren’t intended to be used for regular deposits and withdrawals.

TJ Porter 10 Dec

ShopTracker Review: Easy Money or Scam of the Century?

In this ShopTracker review, we show you how the ShopTracker app works, the pros and cons, what information is shared with the ShopTracker app, and the type of people who will get the most benefit from this app.

TJ Porter 26 Nov

The Ultimate Credit Sesame Review: Is it Safe and Do You Need it?

In this Credit Sesame review, we cover the pros and cons of this free credit score and reporting tool, including a breakdown of their basic and premium services, as well as some frequently asked questions from our readers.

TJ Porter 19 Nov

Ibotta Review: Are You Missing Out on Easy Cash Rewards?

Are you missing out on easy cash rewards? In this Ibotta review, we’ll cover the pros and cons of the shopping rewards app Ibotta, how it works, who it’s best suited for, and how to earn more rewards using your Ibotta referral code.

TJ Porter 16 Nov

Qapital Review: Is Automating Your Savings a Good Idea?

Qapital aims to make saving easy, fun, and automatic. In this review, we cover the pros and cons of this unique, goal-based banking product to help you decide whether a Qapital savings account is right for you.

TJ Porter 16 Nov

Ally Bank Review: One of the Best Online Savings Accounts Around

Tired of bank fees? This Ally Bank review covers the pros and cons of banking with Ally and how you can save money by switching to an online bank. Get paid for opening an account instead of the other way around.

TJ Porter 30 Oct