News Summary: Checking account fees on rise

Monday - 9/24/2012, 3:40pm EDT

By The Associated Press

(AP) - FEES VS. FREE: Only 39 percent of non-interest checking accounts are free to all customers, according to a survey by financial data publisher That's down from 45 percent last year and 76 percent in 2009.

FED UP: Seventy-two percent of those surveyed said they would consider switching banks if theirs raised its fees on checking accounts.

AVOIDING FEES: Consumers who practice good financial habits can avoid ATM and overdraft fees. And checking account charges can be ducked by getting the fee waived through direct deposit or moving to a bank or credit union that still offers free checking.

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