Visa change could impact you at the pump

by Kevin Lynch 20. August 2010
lA recent change enacted by Visa© could have an impact on you the next time you go to fill up the car. Beginning in August, gasoline dealers have been given the option to replace the one dollar status check toany amount, up to $500.  In the past few weeks, we've seen pre-authorized amounts ranging from $25 to $120. These typically drop off in one to two business days, once the actual transaction posts to a customers account. So what does this mean to you? Let's look at this from the pe... [More]

Technologys impact on today's consumer

by Kevin Lynch 30. July 2010
In the most recent edition of the USBanker magazine, two articles caught my attention. The first, entitled "Say Goodbye to Checks", addresses the declining use of checks by consumers. With a new study coming out from the Federal Reserve later this year, the decline is expected to be much higher than the 4.1% percent decrease in 2007. Here are a couple of reasons why: The number of bills paid on line by consumers increased by 1 billion a year from 2006 to ... [More]

Making Sense of the Overdraft Fee Changes

by Kevin Lynch 15. March 2010
As many people know by now, one of the largest banks in the country recently announced changes to the way they will deal with overdrafts on certain ATM and debit card purchases later this summer. This announcement is a direct result of regulatory changes mandated by the Federal Reserve around Regulation E, the Electronic Funds Transfer Act. They've chosen to make the decision for the customer by eliminating this service completely. We will admit that the changes are somewhat cha... [More]


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