Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Monday, September 29, 2014 6:05 am
By Doug Whiteman · Bankrate.com

Bankrate finds checking charges are hitting new highs. Hear how to bypass those fees.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 5:30 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

A new report from the CFPB suggests overdraft fees are still taking a heavy toll on consumers.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 1:10 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Americans say they’d prefer to pay a small fee every time they use their checking account rather than the monthly flat fee they pay now.

Friday, January 11, 2013 6:05 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Banks hope a la carte pricing will make paying for checking accounts more palatable to customers.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 7:05 am
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Fearing a backlash, Bank of America delays plans to impose a flat monthly fee on basic checking.

Thursday, May 03, 2012 5:16 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Banks blame new regulations for falling fee revenue, but consumers might be getting better at avoiding fees, too.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012 5:21 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for the banks. Consumer advocates and government officials often extol the value of transparency and easy-to-understand disclosures when it comes to financial services. Here’s CFPB Director Richard Cordray in a January interview with Candice Choi of The Associated Press: On transparency and disclosure; a key insight here