Mike Mozart

Why Are There Still So Many Bank Branches Everywhere? Because You Keep Going.

If you live in a certain kind of urban area, you see it all the time: those new mixed-use buildings go up, and on the ground floor of practically every single one there’s a bank branch or two. And if you thought to yourself, “Why are there so freaking many bank branches opening in an era when all the young folk living in those buildings bank by phone?” you’re not alone. But it turns out there’s an easy reason that bank branches keep proliferating: customers are using ’em.

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Prime Day Deal Expires Early, Amazon And Chase Make Good On It

Prime Day Deal Expires Early, Amazon And Chase Make Good On It

On Tuesday, during Amazon’s Prime Day, festivities, the online retailer’s credit card partner Visa joined in the fun with a promotion where customers who made a $150 purchase using their Amazon-branded Visa card would receive a $30 discount. That’s an appealing bargain, and plenty of customers prepared to take advantage of it. What they didn’t do was read the fine print, or take it seriously, and a lot of customers missed out. [More]

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Starbucks Launching Prepaid Card That Lets Rewards Members Earn Loyalty Points

In a bid to lure more people to sign up for its loyalty program, Starbucks is launching a prepaid debit card soon that will let users rack up rewards “stars.” [More]

Bank Of America Following Chase’s Lead, Joining Card-Free ATM Party

Bank Of America Following Chase’s Lead, Joining Card-Free ATM Party

Just days after Chase announced it would install cardess ATMs offering a variety of denominations, Bank of America says it will also jump on the card-free bandwagon.  [More]

This is just a regular Chase ATM, not a new one. (TheTruthAbout)

Chase To Install Cardless ATMs That Offer A Variety Of Denominations

Bank customers weary of using ATMs for fear they’ve been compromised by ne’er-do-wells using skimmers to get their hands on card numbers have a new option. That is, if they bank with JPMorgan Chase, as the company is rolling out new cash machines that are not only cardless, but will let you take out money in a wider variety of denominations.  [More]

JPMorgan Chase To Pay $367 Million For Secretly Steering Clients To Investments That Benefited Bank

JPMorgan Chase To Pay $367 Million For Secretly Steering Clients To Investments That Benefited Bank

When you pay a bank’s investment adviser to help you put your money in a smart place, you would hope that they would steer you to a product that best serves your interest. You’d also hope that if an investment product benefited the bank, this information would be clearly disclosed. But that’s not always the case, which is why JPMorgan Chase has to pay penalties totaling $367 million. [More]

JPMorgan To Pay $100M To Settle Unlawful Debt-Collection Allegations In California

JPMorgan To Pay $100M To Settle Unlawful Debt-Collection Allegations In California

Four months after JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay at least $136 million to close the books on state and federal investigations into its credit card collections practices, the company reached a $100 million settlement putting an end to a similar investigation in California.  [More]

Why Lower Gas Prices Are Really Good For Restaurants

Why Lower Gas Prices Are Really Good For Restaurants

When gasoline prices fall, that means that consumers who drive have more money to spend on things other than fuel. The JPMorgan Chase Institute, a global economics think tank affiliated with the bank, analyzed their customer credit and debit card data to figure out what we did with all of those savings. It may not surprise you that most of it didn’t go into our retirement accounts. [More]

Chase Credit Card Settlement Halts Collections On 528,000 Accounts

Chase Credit Card Settlement Halts Collections On 528,000 Accounts

Earlier today, we told you of reports that JPMorgan Chase had agreed to pay at least $125 million to close the books on state and federal investigations into its credit card collections practices. Now that the details of the deal have been made public, we know exactly how much the bank will pay and how many credit card accounts are affected. [More]

JPMorgan Chase To Pay $136M To Close Credit Card Debt Collection Probes [UPDATED]

JPMorgan Chase To Pay $136M To Close Credit Card Debt Collection Probes [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released the details of the settlement, which put the total value at $136 million, $106 million of which will go to the 47 states (and Washington, D.C.) involved in the investigations. [More]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Has Some Choice Words For Chase CEO Jamie Dimon

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Has Some Choice Words For Chase CEO Jamie Dimon

Earlier this week, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie “It sounds like Diamond” Dimon, was quoted as saying that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, an outspoken advocate of financial reform who helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau before becoming a lawmaker, was clueless about how banks actually work. The Massachusetts senator says that Mr. Dimon doth protest too much. [More]

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Chase Says It Will Replace All Debit Cards With Chip-Enabled Cards

After an earlier report that it would do so, JPMorgan Chase says it’ll be reissuing debit cards for all its customers, replacing the old magnetic strip cards with those containing microchips for increased security.

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Chase Hit With $50 Million Settlement Over Robosigned Mortgage Documents

Chase Hit With $50 Million Settlement Over Robosigned Mortgage Documents

The nation’s biggest banks have already been hit with billions of dollars in settlements over robosigning — the illegal process of signing and filing important mortgage documents without reviewing them for accuracy — so what’s a few million more? Today, the Justice Dept. announced a settlement with JPMorgan Chase that will require the bank to pay more than $50 million in cash, mortgage credits, and loan forgiveness, to over 25,000 currently and recently bankrupt homeowners. [More]

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Marching Band Delivers Petition To Citi Asking Banks To “Revoke License To Steal”

In a handful of recent decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the right of businesses to effectively break the law by putting a few carefully worded sentences into their contracts and user agreements. But just because you can add these clauses doesn’t mean you have to do so, which is why pro-consumer advocacy groups gathered more than 100,000 signatures on a petition that was delivered, with a little bit of music, to Citigroup HQ in Manhattan this morning. [More]

Forgot To Return A Purchase? Maybe Your Credit Card Issuer Can Help

Forgot To Return A Purchase? Maybe Your Credit Card Issuer Can Help

While racking up unsecured debt is generally a bad thing, there can be hidden advantages to using your credit card for everyday purchases. Two benefits that we often recommend as weapons for consumer justice are chargebacks and warranty extensions, but here’s another one that you may not be aware of: return period extensions. Yes, buying with some credit cards can give you longer to return an unwanted item to the retailer. [More]

Chase Data Breach Hit 76M Households, 7M Businesses; Account Info Not Stolen

Chase Data Breach Hit 76M Households, 7M Businesses; Account Info Not Stolen

Remember that coordinated hack attack against JPMorgan Chase and other banks from August? Chase now says information — but apparently no payment data — on some 76 million households and 7 million small businesses was compromised. [More]