Ruth Sarreal is a content management specialist covering consumer banking topics at NerdWallet. She has over a decade of experience writing and editing for consumer websites. She previously edited content on personal finance topics at GOBankingRates. Her work has been featured by Nasdaq, MSN, TheStreet and Yahoo Finance.
- Education: B.A. in English from The University of Texas at Austin, B.S. in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin
- Previous experience: GOBankingRates
The latest from Ruth
What Is a Bank Run?
Bank runs have been in the news recently. Find out what they have to do with bank failures.
3 Common Banking Scams and How to Avoid Them
Bank fraud and scams abound; here’s what you can do to protect yourself and your bank accounts.
Self-Help Credit Union Review: Checking, Savings and CDs
Self-Help Credit Union offers an interest checking account and decent rates on savings, money market and certificate accounts. Most notably, it’s a socially responsible banking option.
Avoid 5 Banking Mistakes to Earn More Interest, Pay Less in Fees
You might not know you're making these common banking mistakes. Find out what they are and how to easily avoid them.
Does Closing a Bank Account Affect Your Credit?
Closing an account doesn't hurt your credit, but there are steps you should take to ensure your credit stays unaffected when you do so.
Liberty Bank Review: Checking, Savings and CDs
Liberty Banks offers a forgiving approach to overdrafts, but its interest rates are low.
Ask a Nerd: What Are the Signs That I Need a New Bank?
A few key signs can let you know if it's time to open a new bank account elsewhere.
Best Bank Accounts for College Students
The best bank accounts for college students have easy opening requirements, low or no fees and high interest rates.
How to Avoid Zelle Scams, Plus What to Do If You Can’t
Scams using Zelle and other peer-to-peer payment services are popular. Learn how to protect your money and what steps to take if you experience a scam.