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What's in the fine print? A spotlight on bill surcharges

Jan 11, 2013
Journalist David Cay Johnston, author of "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use 'Plain English' To Rob You Blind," exposes how Americans are being nickle and dimed by little fees and surcharges on bills for everyday services.
Posted In: bills, fees

Five fee-setting strategies for freelancers

Jan 2, 2013
Planning your next freelancing gig? Before you settle on a rate, take a look at these fee-setting strategies.
Posted In: freelance, fees

Bank of America backs off fees, again

Dec 3, 2012
After reversing a plan last year to charge a monthly fee for debit cards, Bank of America reportedly is delaying new checking account fees.
Posted In: Bank of America, checking account, fees

Despite reforms, bank fees keep rising

Sep 24, 2012
Banks are spreading the pain of fees to a wider swath of clients, according to a Bankrate study. Free checking is a dwindling option.
Posted In: banking, fees, overdraft fees

More credit unions adding and raising fees

Aug 17, 2012
Credit unions used to be a banking oasis free from fees. But slowly, credit unions are starting to charge for checking accounts and raising minimums to avoid fees.
Posted In: Banks, credit unions, fees

How credit card fee reform impacts consumers

Jul 16, 2012
This morning we've been looking at the impact of the largest antitrust class action settlement in U.S. history. The major credit card companies as well as the big banks have agreed to pay more than $7 billion to retailers for alleged collusion of credit card fees.
Posted In: Credit card, Retail, fees

Mixed response from retailers over credit card settlement

Jul 16, 2012
Major credit card companies -- Visa and Mastercard -- as well as big banks have agreed to pay more than $7 billion to retailers to compensate for alleged price fixing of credit card fees. Some retailers think the settlement does not go far enough to protect retailers and consumers.
Posted In: Retail, Credit Cards, fees, settlement

Shoppers may pay fees for using plastic

Jul 10, 2012
Retailers hoping to offset fees they pay to Visa and MasterCard may soon be able to charge shoppers for paying with plastic instead of cash.
Posted In: Credit Cards, debit cards, fees

What are high fees costing you?

Jun 19, 2012
A theme of these blog posts is that fees matter when it comes to investment returns.
Posted In: fees, investment fees, retirement savings plan, Calculators

Latest airline fee: $35 per carry-on?

Jun 1, 2012
Ahead of the summer travel season, some airlines are charging for carry-on bags. Industry expert David Parker Brown is defending the new fee.
Posted In: air travel, fees, carry-ons, Airlines, Spirit Airlines

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