This year, they’ve added so many fees, minimum balance requirements and other revenue-generating items, I’m about ready to move my accounts to a local community bank that offers truly free checking with no minimums and no hidden fees.
EL SEGUNDO, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
Last year, the rising popularity of credit unions after Bank Transfer Day led millions of Americans to jump ship from national banks and their big-bank fees. But credit unions are now being accused of mirroring their commercial bank rivals with a slew of rigorous account requirements, more credit union fees and a declining level of service.
Go Banking Rates evaluated a recent study that showed a 3% drop in free checking accounts and an increase in overdraft fees. The rise in credit union fees and requirements has prompted the warning that “consumers need to be on alert.”
“This year, they’ve added so many fees, minimum balance requirements and other revenue-generating items, I’m about ready to move my accounts to a local community bank that offers truly free checking with no minimums and no hidden fees,” explains Carole Holden, a 25-year Fairwinds Credit Union member.
In the feature, Go Banking Rates reveals three proactive measures depositors can take to prevent credit union fees from eating away at funds.
1. Monitor accounts regularly
2. Consider simplifying the account
3. Switch to another credit union or bank
Fortunately, the transition to higher credit union fees is still relatively slow to catch on, giving depositors more time to formulate a strategy on how to address fee increases.
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