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  • A fee too far | PennPIRG
    premise that their customers won t bank elsewhere But free checking still exists and small banks and credit unions are not likely to copycat what big banks are doing on debit card fees As a consumer advocacy organization our advice to consumers is clear Vote with your feet Ditch your big bank for a credit union or community bank You ll be better off for it Consumer Protection Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Our Federation Featured Position PennPIRG Internship Work on some of the hottest political issues of the day from fighting the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms to promoting campaign finance reform and tackling Citizens United improving voter access for students and underrepresented communities and advocating for a 21st century transportation system Job Description Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Results Take Action Donate Join Us Priority Action We re teaming

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/blogs/blog/pap/fee-too-far (2016-04-27)
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  • Inquirer: Bank elsewhere to avoid fees | PennPIRG
    customers won t bank elsewhere But free checking still exists and small banks and credit unions are not likely to copycat what big banks are doing on debit card fees As a consumer advocacy organization our advice to consumers is clear Vote with your feet Ditch your big bank for a credit union or community bank You ll be better off for it Alana Miller PennPIRG Philadelphia amiller pennpirg org Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Our Federation Featured Position PennPIRG Internship Work on some of the hottest political issues of the day from fighting the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms to promoting campaign finance reform and tackling Citizens United improving voter access for students and underrepresented communities and advocating for a 21st century transportation system Job Description Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Results Take Action Donate Join Us Priority Action We

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/media/pap/inquirer-bank-elsewhere-avoid-fees (2016-04-27)
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  • Avoid bank fees | PennPIRG
    and well at small banks PennPIRG s advice to consumers remains simple shop around see our banking guide Big banks can charge increasingly bigger fees and make it harder for customers to avoid them because they know consumers don t shop around For the best value use a credit union or a local community bank not a big bank Our reports consistently show that big banks charge bigger fees Consumer Protection Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Our Federation Featured Position PennPIRG Internship Work on some of the hottest political issues of the day from fighting the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms to promoting campaign finance reform and tackling Citizens United improving voter access for students and underrepresented communities and advocating for a 21st century transportation system Job Description Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Results Take Action Donate Join Us Priority Action

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/blogs/blog/pap/avoid-bank-fees (2016-04-27)
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  • New Consumer Agency Takes Over Thursday as Nation’s Consumer Bank Cop | PennPIRG
    The bad news is that Wall Street banks have asked their friends in Congress to defund and defang the bureau by denying it a director With the coming July 21st transfer date the groups released a new poll of 800 likely voters prepared by Americans for Financial Reform AARP and the Center for Responsible Lending Among its highlights Nearly three quarters 74 of all likely voters support a single agency with the single mission of protecting consumers from unfair financial practices Three quarters of all likely voters 77 want Wall Street held accountable Support is diverse as the results included over two thirds of Republicans 70 Two out of three likely voters 66 including nearly half of Republicans 49 agreed that We cannot get our economy back on track without strong financial reform Less than one quarter 23 agreed with the statement The so called Wall Street reform law is a job killer The groups also released a new report 10 Reasons We Need the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Now Among its findings The report documents that while the failure of federal regulators to prevent predatory mortgage lending is well known it is less well known that federal regulators also failed to stop unfair credit card tricks overdraft fee schemes and the growth of triple digit APR and payday loans which are now imposing a crushing financial burden on many families The report s documents that these failures lead to the conclusion that consumer protection should be housed in one agency with just one job protecting consumers from unsafe financial products no matter where they buy them at banks payday lenders or other firms Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/news/pap/new-consumer-agency-takes-over-thursday-nation%E2%80%99s-consumer-bank-cop (2016-04-27)
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  • New Survey Shows Banks Still Hiding Fees from Consumers | PennPIRG
    can t learn the truth Among the findings of Big Banks Bigger Fees Only 38 of banks visited provided researchers with fee schedules as required by law on their first request After two or more requests eventually a total of 55 complied with the law In a finding nearly identical to the GAO report nearly one quarter of branches 24 never complied and refused to provide fee information claimed that they didn t have it or told researchers to go online Researchers found a wide variety of free or low cost checking options at more than half of branches surveyed Although the biggest banks have recently tightened requirements to obtain free checking they have not eliminated it A shopping guide included in PennPIRG s report compares banking options directs consumers to free and low cost checking choices and provides a list of fees that consumers should look out for when picking a bank The group urged consumers to vote with their feet when they found that bank fees were too high Big banks are blaming regulation for doing what they always do which is raise fees said Miller But free checking is still there for consumers who look for it and there are lots of ways to avoid high bank fees PennPIRG also made a series of recommendations to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau which takes over most consumer law writing and enforcement on July 21 The group called on the CFPB to enforce the Truth In Savings Act and to require banks to post fees on the web in searchable formats and make fee disclosures in a clear tabular format not buried in cumbersome multi page brochures Banks will continue to ignore the Truth In Savings Act and other consumer laws until the CFPB takes over in July concluded

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/news/pap/new-survey-shows-banks-still-hiding-fees-consumers (2016-04-27)
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