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7 Ways To Avoid Paying Bank Fees

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 09.24.2012 | Money

If free checking accounts were animals, they'd be on the World Wildlife Fund's list of endangered species. According to a new survey from Bankrate...

If Only Smartphones Also Printed Cash...

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 09.17.2012 | Money

When it comes to personal banking, the smartphone can now accomplish most of what a bank teller or an ATM can do, aside from actually dispensing cash ...

9 Great Checking Accounts for College Students

Richard Barrington | Posted 11.13.2012 | Money
Richard Barrington

Each fall, countless retailers run back-to-school specials that promise big savings. But the best money-saving opportunity for students may just be at their local bank.

Catherine New

The Troubling Reason Single Moms Can't Break Out Of Poverty

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 09.13.2012 | Money

Nearly half of households headed up by a single mom don't regularly use a bank account and rely on pricey alternative financial services, according to...

Bank Branches Continue To Vanish

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 09.12.2012 | Money

Banks are squeezing out customers with higher costs and fewer locations. Several large midwestern banks are scaling down the number of branches the...

What Is a Digital Wallet, and Why Should You Care?

Steve Schultz | Posted 10.29.2012 | Money
Steve Schultz

The "digital wallet" is the biggest game-changer in financial services since online banking. But what exactly is a digital wallet? Is it more convenient? Is it practical?

Catherine New

It Took A $888,888.88 Overdraft To Close His Account

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 08.23.2012 | Money

It took an overdraft of $888,888.88 to stop one man’s zombie bank account. Four days after Richard Palmer Sr. died at 78, his surviving family me...

Bank Fees Survey Mid-2012: Checking and ATM Costs Jump Again

Richard Barrington | Posted 10.20.2012 | Money
Richard Barrington

Nearly any way you slice it, checking accounts became a little more expensive in the first half of 2012. However, the results also indicate that consumers still have several options for combating these costs.

Take Charge Before Your Bank Charges You

Mary Johnson | Posted 10.01.2012 | Money
Mary Johnson

If you're a young adult, college student, or previously "unbanked," understanding your needs and priorities is paramount to picking the account option and bank that work best for you.

Catherine New

Another Bank Of America Insult -- Fewer ATMs

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 08.09.2012 | Money

It's not your imagination. Bank of America really did get less convenient. The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank has hauled off more than 1,500 ATMs from ...

Catherine New

What New Bank Disclosures Don't Tell You

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 07.23.2012 | Money

If you want to know how to close your bank account, you'll still have to wade through dozens of pages of the traditional account information form. Tha...

Small Print Now Easier To Read At Wells Fargo

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 07.02.2012 | Money

Bank fees are still costly -- and going up at many banks. Yet a growing number of big banks are using clearer labeling to help consumers to add up the...

Free Checking..Without Checks!

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 06.29.2012 | Money

One midwestern bank is returning free checking to the menu. TCF Bank, which has 430 branches in eight states, announced this week that free checki...

Fine Print Gets A Makeover

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2012 | Money

By Mitch Lipka June 18 (Reuters) - Comparison shopping for a bank or credit union checking account often ends up turning into a major ...

The 9 Reasons You Are Still Broke

LearnVest | Posted 08.11.2012 | Women
LearnVest

You can't blame everything on the world, your circumstances or other people. Here are the nine reasons you're broke... when you shouldn't be.

Catherine New

Bank To Charge Most Expensive Overdraft Fee Yet

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 06.08.2012 | Money

Fifth Third will have some of the most expensive overdraft fees of any big bank starting later this month. The Cincinnati-based bank has confirmed...

Goldilocks and the Three Banks

Richard Barrington | Posted 08.07.2012 | Money
Richard Barrington

One size does not fit all when it comes to banks. Don't rely on generalities when deciding on a new bank -- choose the institution specifically suited to your needs.

Catherine New

SunTrust Customers Can Expect Higher Fees

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 06.06.2012 | Money

Starting this summer, some of SunTrust's least wealthy customers will have to pay higher fees on everything from ATM withdrawals to checking accounts,...

Catherine New

Prepaid Cards Offer Highest Savings Rates With A Catch

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 06.06.2012 | Money

The best savings accounts might not be where you think -- not at a bank or credit union but at institutions known for charging fees rather than making...

Catherine New

FDIC Says It Will Investigate Payday Loans Made By Banks

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 06.02.2012 | Money

Federal regulators are launching an investigation into a shadowy practice that banks don't like to advertise: inhouse payday loans. These high-interes...

Checking Accounts That Pay Decent Interest

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 05.23.2012 | Money

High-yield checking accounts might be as rare as Sasquatch these days, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. An annual survey from Bankrate.com, ...

Catherine New

CFPB Looks To Make Rules For Prepaid Cards

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 05.23.2012 | Money

The government's top consumer sheriff wants to rein in the Wild West of prepaid cards, even as some of the biggest players in the financial industry m...

Farmville Gets An Amex Card

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 05.23.2012 | Money

American Express is willing to farm for money. On Tuesday, the financial services company announced the launch of a new FarmVille-branded prepaid ...

Sorry, No More Free Checking Accounts At This Bank

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 05.21.2012 | Money

Free checking at Wells Fargo is officially over. Effective August 7, all Essential Checking customers will pay a $7 monthly service fee. Until rec...

The Latest Bank To Raise Fees

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 05.17.2012 | Money

Another bank is raising fees. U.S. Bank is bumping up overdraft fees for all its accounts beginning June 29, the Minneapolis-based bank confirmed o...