Audio Resource: Why Are Banks Closing Branches and Does It Matter?

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Apr 01, 2015
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Question of the Day, Savings, Checking Accounts, Payment Types, Current Events, Audio Resource

From Marketplace.org (2 minute audio):

Charles Kahn, who teaches finance at the University of Illinois, says it makes sense that banks are closing branches to cut costs — specifically, real estate and personnel costs. Also, Kahn says banks have a lot more competition, from credit card companies and brokerage firms, for instance.

What’s lost when a branch closes?

Questions for your students:

  • How do your students bank today?
  • What role does a physical bank branch play in their financial lives today?

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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.

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