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2011


Organizing Your Finances
ABC News
January 2011

Like anything else in life, your finances are easier to navigate if you're organized. Sandra Hanna of the Smart Cookies talks about getting organized and tackling your finances in the New Year. See video.

10 Sites That Make Your Life Easier
Woman's Day
January 2011

From Facebook-stalking old friends to getting the latest Hollywood gossip, the Web isn’t usually known as a place for…well…productivity. But when you’re armed with the right sites, it can easily double as a treasure trove of usefulness. Read on for our favorite sites, covering everything from food to finance, that offer accessible ways for you to stay healthy, happy and in the know. Read more.

2010


moneyStrands Announces Redesign of its Award-Winning PFM Service
PRWeb
October 2010

moneyStrands, an award-winning Personal Finance Management (PFM) service, today announced plans to launch a newly designed website that includes several new cutting-edge money management features designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Read more.

WalletPop

moneyStrands worthy money management competition
WalletPop
August 2010

Wesabe is officially closed, many users are looking for an alternative that offers the same flexibility and features -- for many this alternative is, or should be MoneyStrands. MoneyStrands is a free tool that has helped people manage their money online since it launched in March 2009 -- and in short order has won a Webby award for the best of the web in the banking and bill-pay category. This honor is no surprise when you consider that MoneyStrands offers features you won't find in many competing tools such as Mint. Read more.

BetterOnlineBanking.co.uk

moneyStrands Online Banking review
BetterOnlineBanking.co.uk
July 2010

This is a UK review of moneyStrands, a personal finance management website. The service is based in the US but during this review test it proved compatible with all the UK institutions we threw at it (HSBC, Nationwide, American Express and Alliance & Leicester) and supports British pounds as a currency. There’s also a forum containing discussion about other banks if you’d like to check before registering. Read more.

About.com

moneyStrands Cash Accounts Ups the Score
About.com
June 2010

moneyStrands online personal finance software/service now lets you enter and track cash transactions. moneyStrands Cash AccountLog into your moneyStrands account and you'll see a new Cash account has been added. You can enter cash transactions like tolls, coffee or small loans that your roommate swears will be paid back next week, and you can link financial accounts with ATM access to this account so that future ATM withdrawals show up as deposits into the Cash account. Read more.

Globe and Mail

The best apps for saving money
The Globe and Mail
June 2010

The world of applications for mobile devices is expanding at super-nova speed. Among the thousands of new apps available for your smart phone are some designed to help you manage your personal finances. Whether you are looking for ways to save more money or just better track your spending, there are a lot of apps competing for your attention on the go. Read more.

PR Web

moneyStrands Adds New Cash Tracking Capabilities
PRWeb
June 2010

moneyStrands, an award-winning online personal finance management service, announced today its latest feature that makes managing cash quick and easy. It allows users to track ATM withdrawals and cash on hand by entering transaction data in multiple convenient ways. Users can now better track their cash spend by easily recording income or expenses for transactions such as tips, taxi cab fare, bonuses or loose bills. Read more.

Top Ten Reviews

moneyStrands Review
Top Ten Reviews
May 2010

Is there more month at the end of your money? Do you ask yourself where all your money went? Never fear, with moneyStrands you’ll know where every penny is spent. In our opinion, moneyStrands outdoes any competitor as a money managing iPhone or iPod touch app on the market. Our review of the Mint.com app left us disappointed about money management apps overall but moneyStrands has sparked a new hope. Read more.

About.com

moneystrands and Mint Take Webby Awards
About.com
May 2010

The Webby awards were announced yesterday. First place in the Webby's Banking/Bill Paying category went to moneystrands online financial software, while cash advance and loan site Wonga.com took the People's Voice award in this category.

PRWeb

MoneyStrands Wins Webby Award for Best Banking Website
PRWeb
May 2010

Online personal financial management service moneyStrands has been voted as Best Banking/Bill Paying Website in the 14th Annual Webby Awards. Launched in March 2009, moneyStrands innovative, easy-to-use service is the one of the fastest-growing independent personal finance applications on the market. Read more.

Consumerism Commentary

Podcast 56: Bank Overdraft Fees and moneyStrands
Consumerism Commentary
May 2010

Today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast features two guests. Atakan Cetinsoy, Vice President of the personal financial management website, moneyStrands, explains moneyStrands and how it differs from other personal financial management websites like Mint and Quicken Online. Read more.

About.com

moneystrands First Anniversary
About.com
April 2010

moneystrands online personal finance software has undergone some fantastic development over the past year, after acquiring Expensr.moneystrands personal finance app Not only did moneystrands make a lot of improvements to the online app, but also introduced a rockin' free iPhone app for money management which is available in 77 countries, and added multiple currency support for 44 countries. Read more.

SFGate

6 Financial Apps You'll Love
San Francisco Chronicle
March 2010

You know the feeling. It's that moment of sheer panic, when you dig deep into your purse and can't find your smartphone. Or maybe you're so freaked out at the thought of missing a call that you actually bring your PDA into the bathroom with you. If you're this addicted to your smartphone, you're going to want all the latest and greatest applications. Here are a few of the newest ones we found, which will help you get your finances on track - and keep them that way. Read more

American Banker

Survey: CARD Act Popularizes Accounts
American Banker
March 2010

Strands Inc. said more than one-third of consumers in a survey were more eager to open credit card accounts in light of last year's Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act. Most of the 296 people surveyed by Strands, the San Francisco company behind the moneyStrands personal financial management tools for consumers and banks, had positive reactions to the CARD Act, but 18% remained unwilling to open a card account, the company said in a press release Tuesday. Read more

About.com

Review: moneystrands Online Personal Finance Software
About.com
March 2010

moneystrands is free online personal finance software with money management tips and anonymous comparisons of your spending with others who share a similar lifestyle. There's also a handy moneystrands iPhone app.

Boston Globe

Budgeting’s back in vogue, and these websites make it easier
Boston Globe
February 2010

In tough economic times, more and more people are flocking to budget-tracking websites - Pear Budget, Mint.com, money.Strands.com, Wesabe.com, and JustThrive.com - that give users a sense of where they’re actually spending their money each month. Some budget-tracking sites are even rolling out new features such as iPhone applications, Twitter alerts, and Spanish-language options as they compete more fiercely for customers.

Sunday Times

How new technology can save you money
The Sunday Times
February 2010

The rise of the internet has enabled the launch of many tools for making and saving money that we now take for granted, from auction and comparison websites to advice forums. But newer, smarter technologies that remain little used outside “techie” circles can improve your finances in even more tailored and sophisticated ways. Times Money has spoken to the experts to bring you a round-up of the best tools.

Spend On Life

moneyStrands: My Two Cents
Spend On Life
January 2010

First, a little bit of lingo: "Strands" are basically your various banking, saving, and investment accounts. moneyStrands pulls all of these together so you get a clear overview of your money. To import each of your strands into moneyStrands, you'll need to supply the username and password that you use online with the financial institutions behind each of your accounts (don't worry, the site is completely secure). Then, 10-15 seconds later, your data appears.


2009


CBS MoneyWatch

The Best Money Management Sites
CBS MoneyWatch
December 2009


Personal finance software has come a long way since the days when you had to manually enter your credit card transactions in Quicken. Whether you are saving for college, trying to figure out where your cash is going, or making a New Year’s resolution to save money, the new generation of money management Web sites can help you take control of your financial life. And they’ll do all of that for free: You don’t have to buy software or pay monthly fees, though you may have to wade through a few advertisements.

moneyStrands Records Accelerating Growth; Adds 100,000th Customer
BusinessWire
November 2009

moneyStrands, an innovative, easy-to-use online personal financial management service, announced today that it reached 100,000 registered users since its public launch in March 2009, making it one of the fastest-growing, independent online personal finance management services on the market. “moneyStrands has quickly become a fan favorite, particularly with the Gen Y community." Read more

Credit Karma

Personalized Coupon Reccomendations @ moneyStrands
Credit Karma
October 2009

MoneyStrands, a personal money management website, teams up with Savings.com, an online coupon destination, to bring the first personalized coupon recommendation feature of its kind to consumers through an online personal finance tool. MoneyStrands’ new partnership with Savings.com unites the two golden rules of good personal finance: money management and smart savings. Like peanut butter and jelly, the two just go hand-in-hand, and MoneyStrand’s new coupon recommendation widget provides users with saving opportunities for the items on their weekly shopping list, proving that frugal spending can be part of your daily financial tune-up. Read more.

Center Networks MoneyStrands Targets Former Mint Users
CenterNetworks
September 2009

Earlier this week we learned that online money management service Mint was acquired by Intuit for $170 million. Several comments came from Mint users who were leaving the service because they did not want to become part of Intuit. Another online money management service has opened the doors to former Mint users. MoneyStrands has posted a blog entry discussing the conversion from Mint to MoneyStrands. Read more

TechCrunch

Savings.com Brings Great Web Deals To Personal Finance Service moneyStrands
TechCrunch
September

Later today, content recommendation and discovery software builder Strands will announce that its personal finance subsidiary moneyStrands has teamed up with Savings.com to bring personalized online coupon recommendations to the company’s personal budgeting & online money management platform. Thanks to this partnership, moneyStrands users will now see a new widget dubbed “Special Offers” in the web app (under the “Just for Me” tab), which will display a number of personalized online coupons from a variety of stores and brands, recommended to each user based on his or her spending pattern as recorded on moneyStrands. Read more.

SlappApp

moneyStrands iPhone review
SlappApp.com
September 2009

moneyStrands is a great tool to manage your personal finances. The main engine behind the app is a web based service at https://money.strands.com/. Through this web portal a user can add in all of their bank, credit card and other financial system accounts to be able to view and manage from one central location. The aspect of the service that I find to be most innovative however is the on the fly reporting and analysis that can be run to display purchase habits, and history, breaking down purchases and expenses into easy to understand categories such as shopping, bills, restaurants, etc. Read more.

Houston Examiner

Personal Finance 101: Best Personal Finance Websites
August 2009
Houston Examiner

I was fortunate to have the chance to interview Alla Oks, of moneyStrands.com to discuss their personal finance website. Alla is a very interesting person having traveled all over the world and it is this facet that makes moneyStrands unique. They are the only website that has a spanish version of their site, being sure not to leave off this rapidly growing population in the United States. Read more.

BusinessWire

moneyStrands Adds Manual Account Upload Capability, Retires Expensr
BusinessWire
July 2009

moneyStrands, an innovative, easy-to-use online personal financial service, today announced the launch of a new manual upload capability that allows users to import their financial data through industry standard .QIF, .QFX, or .CSV data formats. The new functionality will enable moneyStrands to support consumers who bank with smaller community banks, credit unions and other financial services providers not already supported through its network of nearly 7,000 financial institutions. Read more.

PRLog

Strands Launches Online Personal Finance Service - moneyStrands
PRLog
March 2009

Strands Labs, Inc., the developer of social recommendation and personalization technologies, today announced the public launch of its new online personal finance management service named moneyStrands. The innovative site offers consumers a comprehensive set of free money management functionality based on a highly customizable rich Internet application platform. Strands’ awaited move into the personal finance vertical is part of a multi-staged strategy to develop consumer facing services that leverage its patent-pending social recommendation technology in high value, high impact domains. Read more.