by Kevin Allman
Our lead news story this week is about "Bank Transfer Day" — the consumer movement in which bank customers are urged to close their accounts at megabanks and establish new accounts at community credit unions or small local banks. The impetus was the new "debit card fees," which some banks were about to start charging for customers who like to use their debit cards for purchases. (Read the story here — along with the reasons the banks may not care about losing your puny account, peasant.)
Now several banks are making an about-face, including Regions (which has branches in New Orleans) and SunTrust, which is even going so far as to refund the debit card fees they've been charging customers since June.
Learn more about Bank Transfer Day here — or get a musical lesson in how to move your money from the cheerfully dorky The Disclosures (who have also recorded "98 Problems — But a Bank Ain't One):