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No longer finding free checking at your bank? You may want to consider a credit union.
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Why you should balance your checking account
With online banking and mobile apps, why check on your checking? For these reasons, that's why.
5 half-baked excuses for ditching checking
Don't be self-delusional about needing a checking account. You can use one, and here's why.
Credit unions cling to free checking accounts
Bankrate's survey shows credit unions choose to stick with free checking. See what else we found.
2012 Credit Union Checking Survey results
Bankrate surveyed 50 of the nation's largest credit unions to find the best checking accounts.
5 common requirements of high-yield checking
You can't get higher rates without a little pain. You'll have to meet certain conditions first.
4 warnings for high-yield checking chasers
Is high-yield checking an answer to low account rates? Yes, but there are strings attached.
High-yield checking account rates still rockin'
Rewards checking offers a higher return than other safe havens. Find out how much and why.
Pros and cons of brokerage checking accounts
Some brokerages offer checking to their investing clients. Are they better than a bank's?
Video: Unemployment debit card fees
States are paying unemployment benefits on prepaid debit cards, which are saddled with fees.
CFPB takes aim at bank overdraft fees
The watchdog agency may ask for more disclosure on the costs of overdraft protection.
The skinny on checking accounts for teens
Here's what parents and kids should know about teen checking accounts before jumping in.
4 tried-and-true ways to slash rising ATM fees
ATM fees are one of many bank charges that are climbing. Here's how to tame those growing costs.
5 hidden costs of checking-account freebies
The free restaurant gift card that comes with opening a checking account may not be worth it.
6 ways to make mobile banking work for you
Smartphones can help you interact with your bank by transacting these services remotely.
5 ways to escape low-yield checking
Unhappy with low interest rates on your checking account? Here are some options for your money.
Infographic: Switching your checking account to a new bank
Switching banks is a pain. Follow this guide to open a checking account at a new bank.
Pros and cons of online checking accounts
Online checking offers easy account access, but beware the downsides before logging in.
Hein checks in on checking account fees
Professor Scott Hein discusses Bankrate's recent checking account fees survey.
5 rewarding replacements for debit card rewards
With some banks dropping debit card rewards, sub in one of these generous alternatives.
Compare debit card rewards
Debit card reward offerings are changing. Learn the results of Bankrate's 2011 survey.
Why checking account yields are so low
It all starts with the Federal Reserve. Find out how your checking account yield reflects its actions.
7 ways checking accounts cost you more
To stash your cash in today's checking accounts, you'll pay more and higher fees.
5 cities with the lowest ATM fees in 2011
ATM fees are on the rise, but in these cities it won't be as costly to get out cash.
5 cities with the highest ATM fees in 2011
ATM fees are on the rise. Find out the cities where you shouldn't whip out your ATM card.
6 tips for the best bank checking accounts
Six tips on how to get maximum benefits from your bank checking account.
Video: What is direct deposit?
This type of deposit will allow for the transfer of funds without any paper checks.
Video: What is a joint account?
Need to share a bank account with a close relative or business partner? Open a joint account.
Winners & losers of high-yield checking
Don't expect a mountain of interest. With high-yield checking, it's more like a molehill.
High-yield checking down, not out in 2011
National high-yield accounts are dropping and yields are drooping, Bankrate's study shows.
More banks are yanking free checking
Our checking study finds more banks apply fees to checking. Can you keep yours for free?
'Little guy' searches for top bank rate
One man pines for solid earnings on his savings, but needs to consider the risk factor.
What happened to my free checking?
Many banks now charge for checking accounts. Try one of these alternatives to avoid the fees.
Money market account vs. checking account
Bring the money market account mindset to a high-yield checking account to reap big returns.
Infographic: How free is your checking?
Looking for the latest trends in checking? Here are the highlights from Bankrate.com's 2010 Checking Study.
7 key checking trends for the coming year
Bankrate's 2010 Checking Study found that fees are going up. We tell you how to avoid them.
What can you do about low-yield checking?
Bankrate's 2010 Checking Study finds consumers face low yields. What are your options?
Bankrate's 2010 Checking Study
Looking for the latest trends in checking? You'll find them in Bankrate.com's 2010 Checking Study.
Landlord fumes at bank after check scam
A landlord's fraud story should serve as a warning to everyone who writes checks.
Are online checking accounts for you?
Before you consider going virtual with your checks, here are some key drawbacks to consider.
Checking account do's and don'ts
Look for ways to avoid hidden fees to get the most from your checking account.
Choosing the right checking account
Knowing your spending habits can help you to select the best, cheapest bank checking account.
Couple blasts bank's checking account overdraft fees
A married couple says their bank is playing games by imposing checking account overdraft fees.
2010 High-Yield Checking Study
Bankrate's exclusive survey of high-yield checking accounts finds top rates come with tough rules.
Will free checking disappear?
The days of the free checking account, with no minimum balance and no fees, are numbered.
Can you still find high-yield checking?
When it comes to paying yield, banks rely on a healthy balance of deposits and loans.
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