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How You Can Avoid Rising ATM Fees

Three of the nations largest banks have hiked their out-of-network ATM fees by 50 cents in the past six months. Here are some ways to avoid them.

3 Easy Ways to Avoid Overdraft Fees

Overdraft fees and other insufficient funds charges are taking a big bite out of our wallets. Here are three easy strategies to help you avoid handing that cash to your bank.

9 Questions to Ask to See If Your Bank Is Right for You

The end of the year is a good time to give your financial life a once-over and see what changes need to be made. One item not to forget in that review: your bank. Answering these questions will help you determine whether your money is in the right place, or if it's time for a strategic withdrawal.

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.

The Best Reason to Bank Locally: Better Deals

Still banking at one of the "too big to fail" institutions? According to Bank Deals blog and DepositAccounts.com, for the best yields on checking, savings and CDs, you'd do better looking locally. For example, consider these three deals available right now.

Mango's 6% Savings Acount: Too Good to Be True?

Savers have taken it on the chin for years, with banks paying almost nothing on checking and savings accounts while charging big fees. So when a new financial website offered a 6% interest rate on an insured savings account, it got a lot of attention.

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.

Why 'Bank Transfer Day' Won't Work

More than 64,000 of Americans have signed up to participate in "Bank Transfer Day" on November 5. Most will likely fail in their mission to switch to a new bank, according to a report released Wednesday.