Ashley Sutphin Watkins

Ashley Sutphin Watkins is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill where she studied journalism. She has worked as a journalist, content creator, and copywriter for nearly a decade, with a focus on personal finance, real estate, and healthcare. She now lives in Knoxville with her husband and young kids. During her free time, she enjoys traveling and enjoying the outdoors in East Tennessee.

Articles by Ashley Sutphin Watkins:

12
Nov
Does Life Insurance Get Paid Out on Murders?

Some people question what happens with a life insurance payout if the insured is murdered. In short, it is possible for benefits to be paid out if there was a murder, however, in certain situations, that may not be the case. There are potential situations where a beneficiary may not receive the proceeds of a policy, and it’s up to the life insurance company to make a dec

Posted in: Insurance,
08
Nov
Money Market vs. Savings Accounts

A money market account and a savings account have quite a few similarities. Both are low-risk, both are easy to open, and both earn some level of interest in most cases. However, there are differences that can have an impact on the minimum you can deposit and how often you can access your money.

Posted in: Banking,
08
Nov
Best Money Market Accounts and Rates

Money markets are similar to high-yield savings accounts. They offer a fair amount of flexibility and accessibility, with competitive interest rates. We selected the best money market accounts that have high APYs, low fees, and low minimum opening deposit requirements.

Posted in: Banking,
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08
Nov
Best Free Stock Trading Platforms

Free stock trading platforms can offer robust features and capabilities. We look at four options that offer “free” stock trading, but it’s clear that investors should review commissions and other fees that might be included.

Posted in: Investing,
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08
Nov
ETrade vs. TD Ameritrade: Which is Better for Online Trading?

Investors tend to like ETrade for its user-friendly interface and platform, and its relatively low fees. TD Ameritrade, which acquired Scottrade in 2017, is more likely to be favored by long-term, passive investors. Each platform offers special pricing offers that might appeal to investors.

Posted in: Investing,
Tags: ptype_comparison,
08
Nov
Best Identity Theft Protection

When looking for an identity theft protection service, there are many features to look for. Some of the top companies offer identity monitoring, control, and recovery services. This can help detect, prevent, and resolve identity theft and fraud.

Posted in: Personal Finance,
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07
Nov
How to Check the Application Status for a Discover Credit Card

When you’re waiting on an application for a Discover card, you don’t have to stay in the dark. The card issuer offers two ways to check the status of your application – online or by phone.

Posted in: Credit Cards,
06
Nov
How to Pay for Graduate School

Graduate school provides an advanced degree in a specific profession or field of study following the completion of an undergraduate program. Students may struggle with paying for graduate school, but funding options are available, including grants, scholarships, working for a university, and both federal and private student loans.

Posted in: Student Loans,
06
Nov
How to Check Your Capital One Credit Card Application Status

When you apply for a Capital One credit card, you might not receive an immediate decision, although some decisions are issued within 60 seconds. If you don’t get an immediate decision, you might want to check your Capital One credit card application status.

Posted in: Credit Cards,
05
Nov
How to Request a Bank of America Credit Limit Increase

Some Bank of America credit card holders may want to increase their credit limit. The benefits of raising your limit on a credit card go beyond just increasing your spending potential. The real benefit can be in improving your credit score by having more available credit. Requesting a limit increase from BoA is a fairly straightforward process.

Posted in: Credit Cards,