June 28, 2010 |
The federal seizure of one of the Inland Empire's largest credit unions over the weekend was part of a stepped-up effort by regulators to shore up the financial institutions, which were battered along with banks by the mortgage meltdown and the real estate bust. Regulators took over Arrowhead Credit Union on Saturday, citing its "declining financial condition." The action was part of a nationwide move to increase vigilance that has included the hiring of 107 new examiners and more frequent reviews of credit unions' financial health.
June 27, 2010 |
Mark and Roberta Maxwell had been zapped by fees for overdrawing funds and using the wrong ATM, and they felt their bank, the former Washington Mutual, had lost its personal touch since a takeover by Chase. Adding insult to injury, Roberta said, they had to pay a special fee for depositing more than $5,000 in cash to their small-business account in a single month — something they might do again because Mark, a saxophone player, earns much of his living selling his smooth-jazz CDs at street fairs.
February 7, 2010 |
Dear Liz: I want to stop supporting the greedy banking industry by changing my checking account from a big bank to my local credit union. But I'm worried I will have to give up services I like, such as online banking and free bill payment. What will I give up if I use a credit union? Answer: You may not have to give up anything, and you may gain a few things, depending on how you bank. Credit unions are member-owned, which means they don't have to worry about making profits for shareholders.
January 1, 2010 |
There can be few institutions more despised as 2010 begins than big U.S. banks, but what can the average person do about it? The answer, according to author and Huffington Post website co-founder Arianna Huffington: Withdraw your money. In a widely read blog post this week, Huffington and former Senate Banking Committee chief economist Rob Johnson try to stir up a popular revolt by encouraging bank customers to yank their deposits from Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Chase and Citibank and move them to community banks and credit unions.
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December 14, 2009 |
Los Angeles Police detectives did not have far to go to investigate this crime. The credit union across the street from the new Los Angeles Police Department headquarters building was robbed Tuesday morning for the second time in four months. Police said the bandit got away on a bicycle with about $1,000 in cash. Los Angeles Police Lt. Paul Vernon said the robber was wearing a distinctive black backpack with small white polka dots when he entered the Southland Credit Union in the 200 block of South Spring Street about 10:25 a.m. The suspect did not display a weapon.
November 1, 2009
Re: David Lazarus' consumer column "Consumers need credit card laws, fast," Oct. 25: I'm beginning to think that David Lazarus and I live in different universes. He relates a story of how a man got a notice from Citibank that his rate was increasing dramatically and is now planning to switch cards. To me, this shows that our free enterprise system works: Customers are free to go elsewhere when they feel a business doesn't treat them well. In Lazarus' universe, this makes it clear that we need government protection.
October 31, 2009 |
Bank and credit union officials today strongly defended the overdraft protection most of them automatically provide to customers as the industry faces congressional proposals to restrict the programs because of complaints they are unfair and the fees are much too large. "Payment rejection means embarrassment, inconvenience, merchant fees and other adverse circumstances," said Nessa Feddis, senior counsel at the American Bankers Assn.'s Center for Regulatory Compliance. Overdraft protection fees, which average $35 for each use, are so large to discourage their use, she said, and restricting them would lead to higher fees for checking accounts across the board.
September 22, 2009 |
Dear Karen: How can we get a press release published? Answer: Make sure your press release is newsworthy. "If you want to write a press release about an upcoming event, but the event is not open to the public, don't go there," said Hilary Kaye, president of HKA Inc., a public relations firm in Tustin. "Focus on what the event is about; for example, a milestone at your company or a move to a new facility." Don't expect your release to run verbatim; it's more likely to provide background for a reporter-written story.