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What to Do When Your Bank Branch Closes

In the past year, more than 750 bank branches in the U.S. have closed. If yours is the next one to shut its doors, there are things you need to think about -- even if you rarely set foot inside.

Sick of Fees? Here Are Some Other Banking Options

When people talk about the American dream -- buying a home, going to college, starting a business -- banks are usually somewhere in the background. But what if, instead of making your dream come true, your bank relationship actually costs you money?

Should Bank Account Numbers Be Portable?

Consumer activists are pushing bank regulators to allow people to take their account numbers with them when they switch banks, just like cellphone numbers. Such account number portability might encourage banks to treat customers better because it would make it easier for them to leave.

Battered Bank of America Kills Debit Card Fee Plan

Is Occupy Wall Street working? Bank of America announced on Tuesday that it's dropping its plan to charge a $5 monthly fee to customers who use debit cards for purchases. "We have listened to our customers very closely over the last few weeks" said a top bank official, explaining the reversal.

More Southerners Are Off the Banking Grid

More people in Southeast don't have bank accounts than in any other part of the country. The state of Mississippi leads the country with more than 16% of households using cash-and-carry for all their transactions. That's a situation that can keep families from climbing the ladder of success.

How to Pick a CD That
Works for You

As the stock market continues to spook investors, many are fleeing to the safety of bank certificates. Here's why they're looking good now and how to pick the right one for you.

Top Tips on Choosing the Right Bank for You

Picking a bank is a lot like selecting a new paint color for your kitchen. You're going to see a lot of it, and while you can always change your mind if you don't like the one you've chosen, it's a hassle. We asked the experts for advice on how to choose the one best suited to your needs.

A New Way to Bet on China: Open a Renminbi Bank Account

China's economy is booming, and Western nations are increasing their demands that its currency be allowed to rise to its natural value. Who knows if that will happen, but if you want to bet that it will, the Bank of China just made it easier: Now, Americans can open renminbi-denominated accounts.

Living without a bank account

There's a troubling trend in this nation: People are giving up their banks. Exactly how many people are going "bankless" is hard to track, but in...

Fake ATMs: Should you worry?

A couple of weeks ago, Chinese police arrested a man who installed a fake ATM in Beijing that managed to steal the account information of...

As Some Banking Fees Fall, Others Will Rise

As new laws clamp down on some credit card and account fees, banks are likely to find other ways to offset the lost income. Among the possibilities: Hefty increases in annual credit card fees or an end to free checking.

Prepaid cards are filled with pitfalls

Soon after WalMart announced it will pay employees without direct-deposit banking via debit cards, Consumers Union, the organization that publishes...

I'm not scared of big banks anymore

"Big business" gets a bad rap these days. Want someone to blame for harming the environment, or not paying enough in taxes, or not offering high...