Robert McKinley Professor Cardworthy

Robert McKinley Resurrects Professor Cardworthy

Professor Cardworthy, the “Money Explainer” of all things financial, was resurrected by Senior Payments Analyst Robert McKinley, reprising his role first developed in 2007 as the actor in a series of 50 “Cardworthy” YouTube consumer instructional videos. The 2007 project was shelved while Mr. McKinley was in a cancer battle and later placed on hold…

Home Sharing Hotels

Home Sharing, Hotels Maternity & Financial Goals

Home sharing is becoming more expensive than a hotel stay as greedy homeowners slip in exorbitant cleaning fees and service fees. At the same hotels are migrating to the gig economy for cleaning services an apps for room service from local restaurants, according to Bankcenter and CardBuzz. Senior Analyst Robert McKinley for CardTrak says as…

Grandparenting Costs

Grandparents Spend Time & Money Generously on G-Kids

Grandparents today share in the financial and cultural support of their grandchildren, like never before. A new survey estimates grandparents spend $179 billion dollars per year on their grandchildren. The average age of becoming a first-time grandparent is 50 and the average number of grandchildren is four to five. The AARP’s Grandparents Today National Survey…

Retirement Freedom

Retirement Freedom and Stress-Free Are Not Synonymous

More than half of Americans associate retirement with the words “freedom” and “enjoyment,” and a sizable portion associate retirement with the word “stress-free.” However, the reality is many are forced, out of necessity, to work during retirement, are deeply worried about their future Social Security & Medicare benefits, rising costs of medications, and other unforeseen…

Robocall Scammers

Robocall Scammers Target Student Debt & Cut-Rate Healthcare

Robocall scammers continue to grow in sophistication such as “neighborhood spoofing” allowing robocalls to look like local calls. Stressed out student loan borrowers are prominent on the radar of scammers. The scams are also fooling some people because it is open enrollment for many health insurance plans.  Healthcare Robo Scam The scams are fooling some…

Credit Card Debt Stands in the Way of The American Dream

Nine out of ten Americans believe the biggest roadblock to achieving financial independence is paying off credit card debt. By the same token, seven in ten Americans believe that being debt-free is an essential component to financial independence. Only 22% believe they’ve achieved independence themselves. A recent survey from Consolidated Credit found the next biggest roadblock…