Shhh...looka there...it appears to be a rare Free checking account from what looks to be the 1st Mariner family. Just as I suspected, that there beaut is the Absolutely Free Checking Account from 1st Mariner Bank.
Sadly, this breed used to roam across our nation, but began dying off in city after city. You see, according to Bankrate, in 2009 76% of banks had a substantial population of free checking, but in 2010 that number dropped to 65%. The factors that are causing this species to become extinct are hitting institutions of all sizes; large banks, small community banks and credit unions.
As with most species of the banking tribe, there are costs associated with keeping checking accounts at the top of the food chain. If these costs aren't recovered and maintained, the rest of the food chain, a.k.a customers, will feel the repercussions. Hello fees
Despite these rough times, the Absolutely Free Checking account from the 1st Mariner family has been able to maintain stability and remains one of the last truly "Free" species of its kind.
It has been said to have been spotted in and around the Baltimore, Maryland area on numerous occasions. In order to track down this elusive beast, we had to travel down into the wilds of Canton - sure nuff - there she be...
If we can just get close enough, we might be able to catch a glimpse of its grouse* features...
Cripes*...look at that...
- No minimum balance
- No per-check charge
- No monthly fee
- Free use of 1st Mariner & MoneyPass® ATMs
- Free Visa® Check Card
- Free Online Banking
- Free Bill Pay
- Free use of Mariner360
Stunning....what a beaut!
If you want to see this rare beast up close and personal like, you don't have to journey far. Just make your way into a 1st Mariner branch and one of our helpful tour guides can hand you the leash. Or even better, click here to capture your own Absolutely Free Checking account today.
For more information about the scarcity of free checking accounts, click here.
Aussie Lingo Legend
*Crikey: Expression of surprise
*Cripes: see Crikey
*Grouce: Great, terrifc, very good