Amber is a former banking writer for NerdWallet. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor and The Associated Press. She holds a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from UCLA.
The latest from Amber
Wells Fargo vs. Bank of America: Which Is Best for You?
Both banks have similar offerings, but there are slight differences to know about before choosing between the two.
Golden 1 Credit Union Review: Checking, Savings and Certificates
Golden 1 offers shared branches and a large network of free ATMs, but you’ll find higher interest rates elsewhere.
America First Credit Union Review: Checking, Savings and Certificates
America First can be a solid banking option for residents in a few states, especially for high rates on certificates.
Huntington Bank Review: Checking, Savings and CDs
If you live within Huntington Bank's branch network and you’re looking for a checking account with easily avoidable fees, it can be a solid bank.
Fifth Third Bank Review: Checking, Savings and CDs
Fifth Third Bank is a regional bank with a presence in Central and Southern states. But beware of low interest rates and high overdraft fees.
Charles Schwab Bank Review: Checking and Savings
Schwab Bank is best for consumers who want a stellar interest checking account with free use of any ATM and don’t need to deposit cash often.
What Are Peer-to-Peer Payments?
Peer-to-peer payment services let you use a bank account or a credit or debit card to pay friends or family from your phone.
What Are Community Development Financial Institutions?
CDFIs are banks and credit unions that accommodate people who are traditionally locked out of financial systems.
You Don’t Need to Be a Citizen to Have a U.S. Bank Account
Immigrants, including the undocumented, have good reasons to open a bank account — including personal safety.
What Is Online Banking? Definition, Pros and Cons
Online banks operate without branches. They tend to pay higher rates and charge lower fees than traditional banks.
How Undocumented Immigrants Can Get Bank Accounts
Some banks let you open an account with an ITIN or passport instead of a Social Security number.
The Smartest Way to Use Gift Cards
Be savvy about using cards you like so you get the best value, and know options for cards that aren't a good fit.