FreeChecking

Is Your Bank Killing Free Checking?

Wells Fargo stopped offering free checking to new customers in 2010, but if you already had it, they didn't take it away. Now, it's introducing a $7 monthly charge in six (thus far, unidentified) states for customers with those formerly free checking accounts.

Cashing a Tax Refund Just Got Easier for the Unbanked

As many as 60 million Americans have limited or no access to banking services, and many of them will get tax refunds this spring. Typically, this is where payday lenders come in, cashing the checks for big fees, but now there's a new cashier offering to do it for much less: Walmart.

As Customers Flee, Big Banks Don't Seem to Care

Credit unions, mid-size banks and online institutions are eagerly stepping up to capture banking customers who are fed up with increasing fees at the biggest banks. And so far, it seems, those big banks don't mind losing their business.

Bank Fees Push More Americans to Credit Unions

Big Wall Street banks haven't been winning many fans lately with their new fees and constant search for loopholes in the Obama administration's consumer protection laws. Bank of America's new fees on debit cards could be the last straw for some. The alternative many Americans are turning to: credit unions.

Big Banks Boost Fees Again: What Will You Do About It?

Bank of America's announcement this week that it would start charging a monthly $5 fee for using a debit card to make purchases is the latest in banking industry upcharges. As fee-free options for banking dwindle, the bottom line is that consumers are paying more to use their own money.

Consumers Face Rising Bank Fees, Fewer Perks

Consumers' wallets are really getting the squeeze these days as banks continue to raise ATM and bounced check fees. Meanwhile, the percentage of free checking accounts is on a steady decline, according to a new Bankrate survey.

Free Checking Lives, With Sneaky Fees

You might assume that free checking is one of those banking benefits on the way out, but that's not the case: More than a third of checking accounts charge no monthly service fee. But that doesn't mean that banks don't expect to profit from your checking business. Here are the fees that make "free" a highly inappropriate designation -- and how you can avoid them.