Category: Checking Accounts

QoD: If a bank mistakenly deposits $100,000 into your bank account, is it now YOUR money?

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Sep 10, 2019
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts
Hat tip to Brian Page and Lana Main for sharing this story!  Answer: Nope. Here's a two minute video explaining what happened to a couple in Pennsylvania who "had a bank error in their favor:"  Questions: Does this seem fair to you? Why or why not? The couple in this story used the $100,000 to go on a shopping spree. Imagine you suddenly received $100,000 (legitimately and not through a bank error), how would you spend it?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this...

Have you seen the new "What's New With _________?" posts?

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Aug 31, 2019
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Current Events, Credit Reports, Index Funds, Investing, Credit Cards, Checking Accounts, Career
We all know that things are always changing in the world of Personal Finance. We bring you a weekly reading list of news related to Personal Finance, Economics, and other topics relevant for teachers, but what if you want to hone in on what’s been happening in just one topic? This year, the “What’s New With” series of blogs is a bit different than in the past. We are pulling in fewer articles on each topic, but going into more depth within the blog to explain what has...

QoD: Savers in England received information about rival banks with higher interest rates. What percent were prepared to switch banks?

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Aug 25, 2019
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Question of the Day, Savings, Checking Accounts, Behavioral Finance
Answer: 3% Questions: If you could make an extra $100 in extra interest by switching banks would you do it? How about $20 in extra interest?  Would the amount of time required to open a new bank account impact your willingness to switch banks? Explain.  Why do you think so few savers were ready to switch banks despite a potential benefit of $150 in the first year? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the...

Sorry...but I have to vent

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Aug 21, 2019
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Financial Scams, Checking Accounts
August 21, 2019 Dear Jamie Dimon [Chase CEO], I applaud your leadership role on the Business Roundtable and your recent commitment to creating value for stakeholders other than just your shareholders. Earlier this week, you were quoted as saying that this shift away from a shareholder only focus “will help to set a new standard for corporate leadership.” Given your renewed focus on customers and setting new standards for leadership, I thought I would offer a suggestion on one policy...

Reading List for August 9-11

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Aug 09, 2019
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Checking Accounts, Economics, Investing, Retirement, Career, Current Events
  Checking With mobile deposits, checks may be “deposited” more than once. Banks’ systems are not catching all duplicate deposits. This happened to an organization for which I am the Treasurer, and it can happen to you. (Cleveland Plain Dealer) This is potentially big news for folks living paycheck-to-paycheck. The Fed just announced that they will develop a public sector system for real-time payments (check clearing). (New York Times) Here is a British perspective on...

What's New With....Checking Accounts (and ways to spend from them)?

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Jul 08, 2019
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Checking Accounts, Payment Types
What’s new with checking accounts, and banking in general? In a word, technology…..it changes how we bank, where we bank, and how banks themselves are evolving to compete with all FinTech players have to offer. How banks are changing  Banks have offered online bill pay for a while now. According to the Federal Reserve, check writing has declined by 3-5% each year between 2012-2017 as a result. What you might not know is that 20% of these payments are still made with a physical...

QoD: Match up the percent with the correct item below: 8%, 50%, 75%.

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May 06, 2019
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts, Payment Types
a) Percent of millennials that use peer-to-peer payments (e.g., Venmo) weekly b) Percent of customers that change banks in a given year.  c) Percent of Americans under 25 that would rather go without their wallet than their phone Answer (from Economist; subscription required): a) 50%  b) 8%  c) 75%  Questions: Do you use a peer-to-peer payment service? Why or why not?  Why do you think that such a low percentage of people change banks ever year? Would you rather go...

QoD: If my employer offers to pay me using a payroll card, do I have to accept it?

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Apr 02, 2019
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Checking Accounts, Question of the Day
Hat tip to Leigh Weldin of Conrad Schools of Science (DE) for this Question of the Day idea. She mentioned how many of her students were asking her about these payroll cards.  Answer: No Questions: Would you tell your employer you don't want to get paid using a payroll card? Why or why not? What do you think are alternative ways for you to get paid? Why do you think that companies like using payroll cards?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use...

QoD: Can you name ONE of the most Googled money questions for 2018?

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Mar 31, 2019
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Checking Accounts, Budgeting, Math, Mortgages, Research
Hat tip to Beth Tallman for sending this one along.  Answer: Here are the top 5: 5. How much is my house worth? 4. What is bitcoin? 3. How to write a check? 2. How much house can I afford? 1. Where is my tax refund?  Questions: What money question are you most curious about right now? Why do you think that so many people are preoccupied with their tax refund? Are you surprised to see any of these top 5 most Googled questions on this list?  Why do you think that two of the top 5...

QoD: How many checks does the average American write each year?

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Mar 24, 2019
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Checking Accounts, Question of the Day, Research
Hat tip to Kerri Herrild for today's question of the day.  Answer: 38 Questions: if you have a checking account, how many checks have you written in the past month? What do you think are the most common expenses that people write checks for?  What do you think the answer to the number of checks would be for the average teenager with a bank account? Do you think the answer to this question will change in the next five years? Explain.  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this...

Question of the Day: What percent of 14-22 year olds have a bank account?

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Mar 20, 2019
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts, Research
Answer: 67% Questions: Do you have a bank account? Why or why not? If so, at what age did you open it? How do you use your bank account?  What do you think the 1/3 of 14-22 year olds who don't have a bank account do with their money? This study surveyed 14-22 year-olds. At what age in this range do you think that more than 50% have a bank account? Explain. Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (from American...

QoD: Can "free" checking accounts have fees?

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Mar 13, 2019
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts
Answer: Yes, as long as they are not maintenance or activity fees.  Five fees that are not considered maintenance or activity fees: check-printing fees, balance-inquiry fees, dormant account fees, stop-payment fees, and ATM or electronic transfer fees not required to obtain an account Questions: Do you think it is misleading to have checking accounts advertised as "free" when they do have fees?  Do you think you might incur any of the fees mentioned above?  How can you find out...

Read the Fine Print: Overdraft Protection

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Mar 10, 2019
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Checking Accounts, Debit Cards, Activities
What do financial institutions like to hide in the fine print?  If they keep "hiding the ball" there we better teach our students to "read the fine print!" Here are a few leading banks and the "footnotes" (small print and bottom of page) that you can find on their Overdraft Protection pages: Bank #1 [click to go to source]: Bank #2 [click to go to source] Questions: Click on one of the bank links above and analyze the overdraft services provided by the bank. Identify pros/cons of each of...

QoD: What's the top financial app in the App Store: Venmo, Cash App or PayPal?

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Mar 03, 2019
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Question of the Day, Checking Accounts, Research
Answer: Cash App From App Annie (3/1/19):  Questions: Why do you think these person-to-person apps are so popular (top 3 on the list)? When do you think people find these apps most useful?  Do you have any finance apps on your phone? Why or why not?  What do you think are the most important criteria in choosing which finance apps to use?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the numbers (Motley...

QoD: What was the highest grossing movie in 2018?

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Feb 24, 2019
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Checking Accounts, Question of the Day, Research
Answer: Black Panther with $700 million in ticket sales Questions: How many of the top-10 movies did you see in 2018? How many did you watch at the theater? on a streaming service? How do you decide which movies to watch while in the theaters or on a streaming service? Despite the fact that streaming services are becoming increasingly popular, ticket sales at movie theaters hit a record high in 2018. Why do you think this is the case?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for...