025 – Rachael Ela- Maintaining a Healthy Financial Balance

In this episode, KT and Rachael Ela discuss:

      • Banking fees
      • The cost of not paying attention
      • Banking in 2018
      • Properly using overdraft protection

Key Takeaways:

      • The FDIC now requires banks to track what people are spending on banking (the first quarter of tracking totaled to 7.4 billion dollars spent)
      • If you’re writing a check or making a payment, you need to have that money in your account at the time of the payment
      • Overdraft protection is a credit line — it’s something that automatically sweeps over when you need it
      • It’s important to look at your accounts/statements and see if you’re using your accounts properly


“The financial system, in general, moves a lot faster than it used to last year, five years ago, and definitely twenty years ago.” Rachael Ela


About Rachael Ela:  Rachael Ela is the Vice President and Branch Manager of Optima Bank & Trust, working in the Stratham, NH market. She has over 18 years of banking experience and has spent the last seven in the New Hampshire market working with local business owners, municipalities, and nonprofits. Rachael currently serves as Chairwoman of the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Exeter Society of St. Vincent de Paul Community Assistance Center and is a Past President and Paul Harris Fellow of the Exeter Rotary Club. She is a graduate of the New England School of Financial Studies at Babson College and resides in Exeter.


Reach Me Here: Rachael Ela

Business: Optima Bank & Trust

Website: www.optimabank.com


Reach Me Here: KT Thomas

Connect with KT Thomas: https://ktsmoneymatters.com/

Purchase KT’s book- The Hardworking Woman’s Guide to Money


Show notes by show producer: Anna Nygren

Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You’re the expert. Your podcast will prove it.


About the author, Kathleen

Kathleen Thomas, who often goes by KT, has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and understands the need for women to take control of their financial lives.

A Certified Investment Management Analyst, Chartered Life Underwriter, and Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner, Thomas earned her degrees in Finance and Political Science from Salem College.

Prior to founding NewDay Solutions, an independent Registered Advisor Firm, Thomas spent 20 years as a private wealth advisor for Ameriprise Financial Services. Many of her earliest clients continue to work with her.

Thomas is an avid long-distance runner and triathlon participant. She has completed the Boston Marathon seven times and the Ironman Distance Triathlon three times. She has volunteered as coach and mentor for Girls on the Run New Hampshire and Team in Training.

Raised in Newton, Massachusetts, Thomas now lives in Seabrook, New Hampshire, with her husband, John. They have one daughter.

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