Why Your Checking Account is Getting More Expensive
Long the workhorse of the financial mainstream, the checking account has undergone a radical evolution in recent months. Banks are shifting to the business model embraced by airlines, unbundling a product and adding fees on an a la carte basis for services that used to be included.
Even worse, customers might not know about all the fees they could be charged until after the fact. A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts finds that the average length of checking account disclosures is 111 pages, and there is a lack of transparency when it comes to fee information. Watchdog group U.S. PIRG reached a similar conclusion; in its research, only a slim majority of banks provided correct fee information. “In total, 23 percent did not ever give us the fee schedule. The other 20 percent gave us wrong information,” says Ed Mierzwinski, consumer program director.
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