Sara Clarke is a Banking editor at NerdWallet. She has been an editor and project manager in newsrooms for two decades, most recently at U.S. News & World Report. She managed projects such as the U.S. News education rankings and the Best States rankings. Sara has appeared on SiriusXM Business Radio and iHeartMedia’s WHO Newsradio and has been quoted in The Salt Lake Tribune, The St. Paul (Minnesota) Pioneer Press and other outlets. She is based near Washington, D.C.
- Education: B.A. in journalism from University of Maryland
- Organizations: Online News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, ACES (The Society for Editing)
- Previous experience: U.S. News & World Report, The Seattle Times, McClatchy/Tribune, The Washington Post
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Research the impact your bank has on the planet and any environmental claims or commitments it makes.
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Ask a Nerd: Will Interest Rates Continue to Rise?
Interest rates seem like they will rise for the foreseeable future, but consumers should make sure to still save.
4 Bank App Features You Might Be Missing Out On
Bank apps can provide spending offers, budgeting insights, advanced security and credit score estimates.
Best Online Banks of 2023
NerdWallet's picks include banks, nonbank financial institutions and one credit union with strong overall ratings and mobile features.
5 Reasons Why You Haven’t Switched Banks
Enough time, money and motivation can help overcome hurdles when changing banks.
What Is the Federal Reserve?
The Federal Reserve is the U.S. central bank whose rate changes can indirectly affect your bank’s savings and loan rates.
What Is Regulation E and How Does It Impact Your Bank Account?
Regulation E protects consumers if an unauthorized or incorrect transaction is made to or from their bank account.