Archive for the Banking

Will Free Checking Accounts be a Thing of the Past?

Since the Regulation E went into effect in August, Banks have taken a huge hit to their fee income. While the regulation is great for the consumers’ wallet, it hasn’t helped the banking industry. Before the regulation, banks were making a lot of money with fee income, and that went away when banks stopped allowing customers to overdraw their account without their consent. As an effect of the regulation and the drop in fee income, I’m betting that free checking accounts will soon become a thing of the past. I’ve got a couple theories of what will happen to free checking accounts. Current Checking Accounts Currently banks offer many different types of checking accounts. The most popular type is the free checking, which normally doesn’t require a minimum balance. Other checking accounts may provide benefits, such as free checks, free cashier’s checks and money orders, and bonus rates on certificates of deposit. While these type of checking accounts provide additional benefits that the free checking accounts don’t, they also normally require minimum balances. “Free” Checking Accounts in the future As […]

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How Safe are Online Banks?

The other day I was talking to my mother about how all of our savings and emergency fund is at ING.  I have been an ING customer for years, and have had nothing but good experiences with them.  They offer a really competitive rate on their high yield savings accounts- of course it’s not much now, but what savings accounts are paying a good rate now?  I really like banking with ING because they don’t require a minimum balance and no monthly fees.  I’ve also got a few accounts set up with them for specific purposes, like car insurance, escrow, and our emergency fund.  It helps me keep those expenses separate and make sure I have enough money for each event. My mother was concerned about the safety of using an online bank.  She doesn’t do online banking at all and I don’t think she ever will.  That’s fine.  She just said I may want to think about moving my money to a brick and mortar bank because it’s safer.  With all the bank failures over the past couple years, […]

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