Banking Blog

Monday, October 10, 2011 12:30 pm
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Withholding financial information from your spouse can be a sign that your marriage is unhealthy, even if the deception is well-intended. That’s according to Gail Cunningham, a spokeswoman for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, or NFCC, in Washington, D.C. The organization recently conducted an online poll of 1,400 people through its website and found

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Sunday, October 9, 2011 6:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

A lot of people are angry with the big national banks right now for introducing debit card fees, and I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about just ditching checking accounts altogether and going with a prepaid debit card instead. While I understand the impulse — the idea of paying fees to use one’s own

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Saturday, October 8, 2011 12:30 pm
By David McMillin · Bankrate.com

Over the past few weeks, consumers have put their anger with the banking industry into action. Protests on Wall Street that have begun to spread across the country, and some readers of this blog have said they plan to close their accounts if and when their banks begin to roll out new fees. Based on many

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Friday, October 7, 2011 9:08 am
By David McMillin · Bankrate.com

This week, the chorus of cries against bank fees added a few members you may know. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin published an open letter to Bank of America CEO, Brian Moynihan, disputing the bank’s claims that new restrictions on debit swipe fees will not allow BofA to continue to reap profits. Consider this except from

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Thursday, October 6, 2011 2:43 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

One of the most annoying aspects of the new wave of checking and debit card fees sweeping through the banking sector is the difficulty involved in switching checking accounts to avoid those fees. While that credit union or community bank across the street offering free checking may seem mighty enticing, actually following through with a

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 4:52 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Just when it seems like consumer’s outrage meter can’t go any higher, a bank steps in and echoes Spinal Tap by turning it up to 11. This week it’s Citibank, which is unveiling a $15 per month fee for basic checking. In the past, banks have allowed customers to dodge such fees by meeting some

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 2:41 pm
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Should a super-large credit union turn itself into a mutual savings bank? That’s the question on the table at Technology Credit Union, known as “Tech CU,” in San Jose, Calif. The organization’s board of directors said in a preliminary proposal the change would allow Tech CU to significantly expand and diversify its commercial lending business

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 2:41 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Javelin Research has an illuminating new report out this week on the state of mobile banking and its prospects for catching on with the general public. The biggest finding in the report was probably the massive growth in mobile banking in the past year: In the past 12 months, the number of consumers conducting mobile

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Sunday, October 2, 2011 12:30 pm
By David McMillin · Bankrate.com

The future of banking appears to be now. JPMorgan Chase announced the hiring of Susan Erlich as senior vice president of next generation payments last week. With more than a decade of experience at Citibank and Providian Financial, Erlich will be responsible for overseeing the bank’s creation of new payments services and solutions for consumers,

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Saturday, October 1, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

I’ve gotten a lot of feedback on Friday’s post on BofA’s plan to introduce $5 debit card fees, most of it very critical of banks. This example, by a reader posting as Kevin, seems to sum up the feelings of a lot of Americans right now, who’ve not only seen their tax dollars used to

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