checking account fees

The Most Costly Mistake You Can Make With Your Bank Account

There's nothing more expensive than spending money you don't have. That, of course, is a lesson you might learn the hard way if you carry a balance on a high-interest credit card. But spending beyond your means can be a pricey proposition even with a debit card.

Bank Fees Further Erode Free Checking Accounts

Truly free checking accounts are becoming rarer as banks add more fees to boost their profits. Among other fees, the average monthly service fee on checking accounts is a record $5.48, up 25 percent from the Bankrate survey a year ago.

Senators Take Aim at Bank Accounts' Fine Print

Practically nobody ever reads the disclosures that came with a bank account, and that's no surprise -- they average 111 pages long. That's way too much fine print, say Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), who are calling on banks to cut those disclosures down to just one easy-to-comprehend page.

A 5-Step Plan for Dumping Your Bank

With some of the biggest banks raising fees again, many Americans are seriously considering finding new places to keep their money. But with direct deposit and automatic bill pay, moving your checking account can be complex. We talked to a pro for this easy five-step process to handle your bank swap.

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.

Goodbye, Free Checking; Hello, New Bank Fees

The era of free checking accounts is coming to an end. Many consumers will face an extra $144 a year in account fees, plus higher dues for their debit cars, and increased ATM charges, too. It's all part of a banking industry backlash against last year's consumer friendly financial reforms.

Legal Briefing: Will Banks Have to Refund Overdraft Fees?

A judge ruled that Wells Fargo has to pay its customers restitution for processing checking-account transactions in a way that makes the most charges bounce and maximizes overdraft fees. Other banks have also been sued over this issue.

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.

Don't let bank fees eat you up

As banks have become ruthless in terms of deposit growth and profit, one of the nastier ways for them to make money on your money is that ugly...