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Bank Fees

Having A Bank Account Really Is Getting More Expensive

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 08.29.2014 | Business

Banks fees are getting worse. The availability of free checking accounts dropped to record low levels in the first half of the year, according to a...

What Do Banks Have to Hide From CFPB's Efforts to 'Make the Market for Credit Work Better'?

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 08.22.2014 | Business
Ed Mierzwinski

This month, two different but powerful Wall Street bank lobbies launched self-serving attacks on the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau's most recent efforts to make banking markets more transparent. What do the banks have to hide?

One Reason You Should Maybe Switch To MasterCard

Reuters | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business

* Cards issued in U.S. to have identity theft resolution assistance * Zero-liability coverage extension to take effect in Oct (Add...

Are Prepaid Cards Making Checking Accounts Obsolete?

Curtis Arnold | Posted 07.13.2014 | Business
Curtis Arnold

Importantly, prepaid debit cards themselves are improving. Long the last resort of people who couldn't obtain bank accounts or credit cards - the so-called "unbanked" - prepaid debit cards were layered with outrageous fees.

Which Fees Cost You the Most?

Manilla.com | Posted 06.22.2014 | Money
Manilla.com

Vendors use the bait-and-switch tactic of hidden fees because the deeper you get in the purchasing process, the more incentives you have to complete it.

12 Travel Pet Peeves

William D. Chalmers | Posted 04.22.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

Although we may be more PC about it and a tad more tolerant of the vicissitudes of travel that are out of our control, we still grumble, cap and whine about the things we really hate about traveling.

4 Fees That Are Always Worth Paying

MyBankTracker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Money
MyBankTracker

Paying additional fees for a credit card or bank account might not sound smart, but it can sometimes prove rewarding. Forking out money for fees is something to consider before you overlook places you could be saving.

Protect Student Consumers on Campus

Ethan Senack | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Ethan Senack

In recent years, we've seen a major spike in deals that allow financial service providers to disburse federal financial aid to students through products like debit cards. These deals, which have raised serious concerns from consumer advocates, were shown to have significant risks for students.

Let's Just Rename It 'Labor Exploitation Day'

Martha Burk | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

Our workers have suffered mightily in the last few years. The $7.25 minimum wage hasn't been raised since 2009. And thanks to the latest corporate cheap trick, even that paltry sum has been further eroded.

5 Reasons Why It Pays to Be Best Friends With Your Bank

Casey Bond | Posted 09.11.2013 | Business
Casey Bond

Just like a relationship between two people implies an expectation they'll receive a higher level of trust and priority in each other's lives (in theory, anyway), committing to a single bank can provide many of the same benefits.

Better Banking Through Transparency: How Communities and Consumers Can Monitor and Grade Bank Practices

Ray Brescia | Posted 09.10.2013 | Business
Ray Brescia

Communities across the country can easily utilize a CIRC system for assessing the banks that serve them.

10 Common Credit Card Complaints

Credit.com | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Credit.com

By Jason Steele Credit cards are not terribly complex products, but they can be terribly misunderstood. Although many cardholders are satisfied with ...

Low-Wage Workers Hit Hard By Payroll Card Fees

The New York Times | Posted 06.30.2013 | Business

A growing number of American workers are confronting a frustrating predicament on payday: to get their wages, they must first pay a fee....

Catherine New

Bank Fees Are Bad For The Economy

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 02.21.2013 | Business

Bank fees are not just bad for consumers, they're bad for the economy. A growing number of Americans are unable to afford a bank account -- a situ...

Why 'No Late Fees' Isn't an Excuse to Pay Late

Credit.com | Posted 04.06.2013 | Business
Credit.com

By Jason Steele When Discover introduced their latest product, the Discover it card, the company highlighted the fact that there was no late fee for ...

Big Changes In Store For Social Security

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 01.09.2013 | Business

Your Social Security check will no longer come via snail mail starting March 1. In less than two months, the government will stop sending paper ch...

Bank Won't Pay $203 Million To Customers

Reuters | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 26 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court vacated an injunction and a $203 million restitut...

8 Smart Uses for a Year-End Bonus

Richard Barrington | Posted 12.19.2012 | Money
Richard Barrington

If you just received a year-end bonus, congratulations. With money tight and the economy uncertain, those extra dollars can be hard to come by. Now, how do you use that hard-earned bonus wisely? Here are eight suggestions.

Banks Extend Fee Waivers

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 11.05.2012 | Money

-- Some of the nation's biggest banks have extended temporary waivers on a variety of fees and late charges for residents of states hit hard by Super...

4 Lessons From Bank Transfer Day

Fred R. Becker, Jr. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Fred R. Becker, Jr.

The lessons from this event underscore some of the rules of business today -- rules that echo basic tenets of trust and good, old-fashioned customer service. Simply put, customer relationships do not begin and end at the transaction.

Banks Waive Fees In Hurricane's Aftermath

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.06.2012 | Money

As millions of Americans on the East Coast awoke Tuesday to extensive power outages, flooding, mass transit shutdowns and road closures, banks in the ...

Credit Unions: Still the Best Bet for Consumers

Fred R. Becker, Jr. | Posted 12.12.2012 | Money
Fred R. Becker, Jr.

What are some of the other advantages of credit unions? People before profits. At credit unions, members are owners and have a say in how it is operated. The "profits" go to members in the form of lower fees and better rates.

How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off At The ATM

NPR | Jess Jiang | Posted 10.10.2012 | Money

I was at the ATM last week, when I saw a technician checking on the machines. He told me he checks all the machines from 6pm to 9pm everyday, looking ...

Catherine New

Battle of the Bigs: Walmart Challenges Chase For Your Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 10.09.2012 | Money

Big box retailer Walmart is taking on big bank retailers like Chase to nab a profitable demographic: low-income customers who are likely to incur tran...

The Most Costly Banking Mistake You Can Make

Credit.com | Posted 11.27.2012 | Money
Credit.com

With consumers expressing confusion over their banks' fee structures and banks ordering transactions in such a way as to maximize their collection of such fees, people continue to get hit with the mother of all fees.