Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement — the group that camped out for months in New York City’s Zuccotti Park protesting economic inequality — are getting into the prepaid card business.
I’m glad I’m not a Bank of America customer. Apparently BofA is testing yet another new set of fees to boost its sagging revenues, according to the Wall Street Journal.
It’s not necessarily the fees that bother me the most about BofA, it’s the size of the bank. It’s too big. And the bigger the institution, the more impersonal the service and, more importantly, if the bank isn’t doing well, too many people can get caught in the crosshairs.
Looks like consumers are in a fee-fighting mood, and are switching away from big banks that try to impose them.
An independent study shows a distinct increase in the number of bank switches toward smaller banks. The J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Bank Customer Switching and Acquisition Study, released Monday, shows that an increased number of American consumers switched banks late in 2011 — and when they did, fees were a big reason.
Sometimes the difference between keeping $150 and losing it is one simple phone call.
It’s a simple lesson: Persistence pays. It’s also one that every personal finance expert worth their salt will tell you is among the most important to learn. No one cares about your money as much as you do, and to keep it, sometimes you have to fight for it.
I learned that the hard way today during one incredibly irritating morning of back-and-forth with a major airline.
Credit card companies know what features their customers are looking for and naturally use the information to make their terms sound as compelling as possible. For example, they may capitalize on existing legislation designed to protect consumers, and they definitely make liberal use of “the fine print” to qualify their glorious-sounding offers.
In other words, many of their policies aren’t as great as they make them out to be, so don’t be fooled. Know what you’re really getting before you sign up. After all, the last thing you want to do is make an important financial decision based on terms that you don’t understand.