Banking Blog

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 11:43 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Sick of carrying around actual plastic debit cards from your bank? Can’t wait to join the brave new world of smartphone-based point-of-sale payments? This is your week. Google began uploading its new Google Wallet app to Sprint Nexus S phones, which run the company’s Android operating system. The app will allow Nexus S owners to

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Sunday, September 18, 2011 6:00 am
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

With debit card fees on the rise, it looks like checking accounts and banking relationships are going to start getting a little more attention from consumers. After all, if there’s one thing Americans hate, it’s being charged for something that used to be free. Sure, we don’t mind buying something “premium” that used to be

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Saturday, September 17, 2011 10:49 am
By David McMillin · Bankrate.com

Are banks making savings and checking accounts synonymous with Twitter and Facebook profiles? If some members of the financial industry get their way, the social media revolution may change the way you talk to your bank. “American Banker and Bank Technology News” highlighted this trend with the inclusion of Citi’s SVP of social media, Frank

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Friday, September 16, 2011 10:47 am
By David McMillin · Bankrate.com

While many believe that the nation’s largest banks are too big to fail, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., or FDIC, is sending a message to American financial giants: be ready for the unthinkable. Earlier this week, the FDIC approved a new rule that will require institutions with $50 billion or more in assets to regularly

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:28 pm
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

The Great Recession has been a harsh reality for today’s 20-somethings, who’ve begun their adult lives during economic hard times. The pain starts when these young people cross into their second decade of life and worsens as they age, based on findings of a recent online survey of 2,000 young adults by Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial

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Thursday, September 15, 2011 4:01 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

It looks like thieves are increasingly using alternative payment systems like PayPal, rather than debit cards issued by banks, to defraud merchants online. Daniel Wolfe has an interesting article in American Banker this week highlights a Javelin Strategy & Research Study that finds debit cards’ role in online fraud is decreasing: Merchants that accept alternative

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 2:19 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

This week Bank of America became the latest large bank to announce mass layoffs in an attempt to cut costs and improve profitability. From Dan Fitzpatrick at The Wall Street Journal: Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Brian Moynihan announced a $5 billion cost-pruning plan that includes 30,000 job cuts. Bank of America will cut

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 4:20 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

Ever feel a little bit afraid to drive across a new or newly repaired bridge? That’s probably how the Fed is feeling a little bit right now when it comes to testing out a new banking regulation. Capital One’s proposed merger with ING and HSBC is providing the first big test of a Dodd-Frank measure

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Saturday, September 10, 2011 9:59 am
By David McMillin · Bankrate.com

No matter how old you are, leaving your house to take care of your banking needs seems so last year. The results of a new American Bankers Association survey show that the majority of older Americans now prefer online banking versus visiting a branch, using the mail or any other method. While younger consumers were

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Thursday, September 8, 2011 4:27 pm
By David McMillin · Bankrate.com

For some community banks in Georgia, the past three years have marked a sour period in the Peach State. Over the Labor Day weekend, the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance closed two small institutions, Cumming-based Patriot Bank and Woodstock-based Creekside Bank. The two closings bring the tally for bank failures in Georgia to a

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