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"'Hidden or unexpected' fees are the No. 1 reason given by the working poor for closing bank accounts, a recent study found."
The study by the Safe Banking Opportunities Project, a project of the Pew Health Group, surveyed 2,000 predominantly low-income, Hispanic households in the Los Angeles area in a two-phase study. Study participants were screened and recruited through a door-to-door, interviewer-administered survey.
The second part of the study, conducted in 2010, found that 32 percent of respondents said fees were the top reason for abandoning traditional bank accounts, followed by a job loss or lack of funds (27 percent). Six percent cited poor customer service. (About a third of newly unbanked individuals did not attribute their decision to end their banking relationship to any option available in the survey.)
The study found that the ranks of the “unbanked,” or those without checking or savings accounts, increased over the course of the study, with more families closing bank accounts (13 percent) than opening them (8 percent).
This data points to a real need for banks to better disclose their fees in a concise, easy to understand format,” Susan Weinstock, project director for the Pew Health Group, said in a statement.
The health group is urging the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to require that banks adopt a one-page disclosure form, to make checking account fees understandable for consumers.
- Date added:
- Oct 21, 2011
- Safe Banking Opportunities Project
The Pew Health Group’s Safe Checking in the Electronic Age Project investigated checking accounts offered by the ten largest U.S. banks, which held nearly 60 percent of the nation’s deposit volume.
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Los Cargos Ocultos O Inesperados Son Mencionados Como La Razón Principal Por La Cual Los Trabajadores Pobres Cierran Cuentas de Banco
Los "cargos ocultos o inesperados" fueron mencionados como la razón principal por la cual los trabajadores pobres del Gran Los Ángeles, aquellos que tienen empleo pero que incluso así permanecen en pobreza relativa, cerraron cuentas de banco el pasado año, por encima de razones como la pérdida del empleo o la falta de dinero, según una encuesta en hogares predominantemente hispanos y de bajos ingresos dada a conocer por el Safe Banking Opportunities Project (Proyecto Oportunidades para Banca Segura) del Pew Health Group.More info
“Hidden or unexpected fees” were cited as the number one reason Greater Los Angeles’ working poor – those who are employed yet remain in relative poverty– closed bank accounts in the past year, surpassing job loss or lack of money, according to a survey of predominately Hispanic, low-income households released by the Pew Health Group’s Safe Banking Opportunities Project.
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