Interest Checking Archives

Deals of the Week: Aug. 4
By: Brian O'Connell
In the beginning of April, the 10-year U.S. Treasury note was brushing up against the 4% level. Since then, the 10-year note has fallen more than 100 basis points, to 2.92% in Wednesday trading. The 10-year bond is an important bellwether for bank investors. By and large, the direction of bank rates mirrors the direction of the 10-year note, but lately, that direction’s pointing south. Read more»
The Federal Reserve is commanding the financial headlines recently, meeting twice this week to decide what to do about interest rates. Read more»
How to Keep Free Checking
By: Jeff Brown
In the not-too-distant future, free checking will be a thing of the past. Well, maybe. Read more»
Q&A: The End of Free Checking?
By: Brian O'Connell
Q: My husband heard a rumor that our bank was going to end its free checking program. It’s not the end of the world if it happens, but is it worth it to call and complain — or even switch to another bank? — J. Weber, West Palm Beach, Fla. A: We can’t say if your bank is ending free checking — to paraphrase that old shampoo commercial, only your bank knows for sure. Read more»
Banks are embracing smart phone tools to spread the good word about their products and services. But Chase (Stock Quote: JPM) is taking the technology one step further with a new “text” service that warns you when your account is almost overdrawn. Read more»
Thanks to new laws coming out of Washington, D.C., bank account overdraft protection soon won’t be mandatory. But before you decide to opt in or not — and you’ll have to make that choice by Aug. 15 — you might want to consider the following factors. Read more»
Deals of the Week: June 3
By: Brian O'Connell
Despite a 225-point run-up in the Dow Jones Industrial Index on Wednesday afternoon (the Dow finished up 53 points by the end of the day), the U.S. stock market certainly doesn’t reflect an economic recovery. Read more»
New ATMs Give Gold to Customers
By: Brian O'Connell
It’s not everyday that you can tell a friend walking down the street, “Hold on a second, I need to stop at the ATM for some gold.” But that’s the deal with a new ATM machine that debuted in Abu Dabhi recently — and with 500 new models worldwide, it may be coming to an ATM near you. Read more»
Deals of the Week: May 19
By: Brian O'Connell
We seem to be at a fork in the road economically, as the so-called surge in employment has stalled, and more and more Wall Street gurus are advising people to start selling out of the stock market. Read more»
When Wachovia customers open their statements this month, they'll find an offer for a "back-up plan" providing "increased convenience" and "added flexibility." Read more»
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