Overheard In 10 Million American Households: Bank Account? What Bank Account?

Overheard In 10 Million American Households: Bank Account? What Bank Account?

I used to know a guy who kept his money hidden in his home because he didn’t trust banks. Like, all of it. He would never tell me where, obviously, guess though I may (Freezer? Under the mattress? Behind the “secret” DVD collection?). He isn’t alone — there are 10 million American households that don’t have bank accounts, a number that is increasing every day. [More]

Turns Out Regulators Aren't Too Keen On Ice Cream Shops Going Into The Banking Business

Turns Out Regulators Aren't Too Keen On Ice Cream Shops Going Into The Banking Business

Although federal regulators never caught onto my father’s First Bank of Dad, they’re totally paying attention to a Pittsburgh man who’s set up his own community bank right at his ice cream and coffee shop. He even doles out interest in the form of gift cards to his business, which might go over well with his customers, but there are rules against that sort of thing. [More]

Sallie Mae Bank Can’t Write You A Check, Despite Being A Bank And All

Sallie Mae Bank Can’t Write You A Check, Despite Being A Bank And All

Sure, online-only banking is easy and convenient, but there are strange things that happen while the world gets used to this different way of banking. For example: JB received a call from Sallie Mae Bank that they couldn’t send him the balance of his matured certificate of deposit because they don’t have the capability to send checks to customers. Let me again emphasize that they are a bank. [More]

$1.9 Million BofA CEO Made In 2010 Wasn't Enough So He Got $8.1 Million Last Year

$1.9 Million BofA CEO Made In 2010 Wasn't Enough So He Got $8.1 Million Last Year

Just as an NCAA hoops power needs a driven coach to lead the way through March Madness, a corporation seeking the Worst Company in America Golden Poo needs a CEO who manages to rake in ludicrous pay raises. [More]

Wells Fargo Advances War On Free Checking With $7 Fee In 6 More States

Wells Fargo Advances War On Free Checking With $7 Fee In 6 More States

Wells Fargo continues to phase out its free checking offerings, tacking on a $7 monthly fee in six states. Even existing customers whose free checking had been grandfathered in will have to start paying up. Oddly, the bank declined to name the six states affected. [More]

Wells Fargo: Good For All Of Your Banking And Personal Printing Needs

Nick was giving a presentation at a conference in Albuquerque, and needed to print out a revised version of his notes. He didn’t count on the printers in the business center of his hotel being out of order, and the downtown devoid of life, retail, and even Kinko’s outlets. Lacking transportation away from the hotel, he tried to think of alternate ways to meet his printing needs. That was when he saw the shimmering green Wells Fargo office tower… and formulated a wacky plan to put his bank to work for him. [More]

Citigroup Settles Mortgage Fraud Charges For $158 Million, Admits Fault

The U.S. Department of Justice nailed Citigroup on mortgage fraud charges, getting the bank to agree to pay out a $158 million settlement while admitting it tricked a federal insurance program into backing bad loans. When borrowers defaulted, taxpayers ended up footing the bill. [More]

Things To Keep In Mind When Switching Banks

If you’re fed up with your financial institution and are convinced it’s time to move on, it’s better to move slowly and precisely rather than rush into the move. The switch will go more smoothly if you take care to properly set yourself up for the change. [More]

Federal Reserve On Verge Of Proposing New Capital Rules For Banks

Federal Reserve On Verge Of Proposing New Capital Rules For Banks

The Federal Reserve is expected to roll out new rules soon that could make big banks keep more capital reserves on hand, presumably leaving them with less money to lend. The idea is to make banks act more responsible with their stacks of chips and not need the government to bail them out. [More]

3 Things To Look For In An Online Savings Account

3 Things To Look For In An Online Savings Account

Although brick-and-mortar banks are competitive, you can often find more attractive interest rates in online savings accounts. Making the leap from traditional banking comes with some risk, so you should be careful when choosing your bank. [More]

MF Global Clients Can't Get $3 Billion Back Yet

MF Global Clients Can't Get $3 Billion Back Yet

New York-based derivatives broker MF Global filed for bankruptcy on Halloween, and its clients are feeling tricked because $3 billion of their funds remain tied up. [More]

Wells Fargo Does CD Paperwork For Wrong State; It's Your Problem

Wells Fargo Does CD Paperwork For Wrong State; It's Your Problem

Earlier this year, Ken’s father passed away. He had been investing in certificates of deposit for decades, and had set up each CD with one of his sons as beneficiary, so that accessing or re-investing the money would be simple…or as simple as any transaction with a megabank ever is. Out of all of the CDs, the only problem was one at Wells Fargo. Since the beneficiary information was missing from their computer systems, they needed the original receipt from when the account was opened. Ken’s dad was originally issued the wrong type of receipt for the state he lived in, so there was no proof that Ken was the beneficiary for the account. Now he needs a court order to get to the account. [More]

BofA Scraps Plan To Let Customers Opt In To Overdraft Fees

BofA Scraps Plan To Let Customers Opt In To Overdraft Fees

As it paid out $410 million to settle a class-action suit over reordering transactions to maximize overdraft fees and backed down after initiating a $5 monthly fee for debit card users, Bank of America has done some soul-searching. The bank says it’s decided not to go ahead with a plan to let customers opt in to a $35 overdraft fee on debit purchases made with insufficient funds. [More]

Wells Fargo Tries To Hitch Its Wagon To 1 Percenters

Wells Fargo Tries To Hitch Its Wagon To 1 Percenters

If you happen to be one of the 10,000 households in the country with $50 million or more to play around with, Wells Fargo would like to talk to you. Well, not Wells Fargo per se, but its new brand, Abbot Downing. Named after a 19th century stagecoach builder, Abbot Downing is launching next year with a staff of 300 managing $27.5 billion of assets from customers. [More]

Banks May Push Prepaid Cards Onto Customers To Make More Money

Banks May Push Prepaid Cards Onto Customers To Make More Money

No longer able to make as much money from processing debit card transactions due to new regulations, banks are expected to start increasing their bottom lines by coaxing customers into using prepaid cards and signing up for credit cards. [More]

Bank Of New York Charges Some Big-Time Clients Fees For
Making Cash Deposits

Bank Of New York Charges Some Big-Time Clients Fees For Making Cash Deposits

Some clients who are considering making large cash deposits to the Bank of New York Mellon will have to pay for the privilege of doing so. Responding to huge cash deposits from freaked-out customers who are fearful of losing their money in the market, the bank will charge 0.13 percent for accepting high-dollar deposits some accounts. [More]

3 More Banks Shut Down; That Makes 61 So Far This Year

Movie rental chains, book stores and newspapers aren’t the only businesses that are dying off. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) announced three banks have been shut down, making 61 closures so far this year. Bank closures are still far behind the pace of 2010, when 157 banks were shuttered. [More]

Department Of Justice Investigates Wells Fargo For Discriminatory Lending Allegations

Department Of Justice Investigates Wells Fargo For Discriminatory Lending Allegations

The U.S. Department of Justice is said to be investigating allegations that Wells Fargo discriminated against black borrowers, offering high-interest, subprime mortgages that seemed geared to lead to default. [More]