The Fine Print: Bank Charges and Fees

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

In our weeklong series on our Life in Fine Print, we're taking a look at charges and fees. Congress has regulated certain banking fees, but there are still charges out there that can sneak up on you in ways you didn't imagine. Louise Story, finance reporter with the New York Times, talks about some of the big ones: overdraft charges, ATM charges, and checking account fees. And Glinda Bridgforth, author of the "Girl" series of personal finance books, including "Girl, Get Your Credit Straight!," tells us what we can do to minimize or avoid these charges.

Guests:

Glinda Bridgforth and Louise Story

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Contributors:

Jen Poyant

Comments [3]

David

Check out:
OP-CHART
Healthy Credit
By DAVID GIBSON, CARLA HALL and SYLVIA HARRIS
Published: May 24, 2009
An easy-to-understand chart could simplify interest rates, card fees and payment terms for consumers.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/24/opinion/24gibson.html

Dec. 17 2009 08:20 PM
Michael Fairbank

As Tom Waites sings in his inimitable way: "The large print giveth and the fine print taketh away"

Dec. 15 2009 09:58 AM
Kelly

I love using mint.com. It lets you track all your transactions for bank and credit cards. It also sends you an alert for every single fee that goes on any of your cards. It was a wake up call for me!

Dec. 15 2009 09:55 AM

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