Question: What Is the Number One Reason Millennials Switch Checking Accounts?

Feb 05, 2017
Checking Accounts, Question of the Day, Debit Cards

Answer: No-fee ATMs

From Credit Union Times:

The single biggest reason millennials move their checking accounts to other financial institutions is to get access to free ATMs, according to new data from marketing research company Phoenix Synergistics.

The survey of 1,000 people, conducted in July and August of 2016, found that 46% of millennials who moved their checking accounts to other institutions in the last two years said they did so for the surcharge-free ATMs. Other fees were also a factor: 44% of millennial account movers said free checking prompted a switch to a different financial institution.


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Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.