By  Wed Dec 11, 2013

Comparing Bank Fees: Santa’s ‘Naughty’ List Part 2

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As the year comes to a close, we continue to take a look at banks and their “naughty” fees. We had previously which banks made it to Santa’s naughty and nice lists… was your bank on either one of these lists?In addition to fees, including wire transfer and return deposit fees on the naughty list, you will also see the time it takes for a check to clear. Clearing a check is not a fee that banks charge, but it is something that is a concern for many customers. A check that takes too long to clear could result in jeopardizing someone’s bank account.

Check out which banks that make the rest of the naughty list.

Wire transfer fee

When you need to transfer money to an immediate family member, relative, or friend, expect a fee. This service varies from bank to bank. Here are the banks that make the wire transfer fee naughty list.

  1. U.S. Bank – $30 for domestic outgoing and $50 for international outgoing
  2. Wells Fargo – $30 for domestic outgoing and $45 for international outgoing
  3. Chase – $30 (online $25) for domestic outgoing and $45 (online $40) for international outgoing

All the other top 10 banks charge $25 dollars for domestic outgoing wire transfers. BB&T charges the lowest at $24.

Time it takes for a check to clear

Almost every bank clears a deposited check the same day, or the following if you missed the cutoff deadline. Some banks take longer to clear a check, and that one or two extra days can make a significant impact for someone that needs access to their funds as soon as possible.

  1. Citibank – All checks deposited at Citibank take two to three business days to clear. The same applies for mobile deposits.
  2. BB&T – Standard deposit for checks clear either the night you deposit the check, or the next business day. Mobile deposits, on the other hand, take a total of three days to clear. Other banks allow mobile deposit funds to be available as soon as the next day after deposit.

Return deposit fee

When you deposit a check, you expect it to clear without getting penalized. Every time you attempt to deposit a check that has insufficient funds, you are charged a fee. The majority of banks don’t charge more than $12, others make you pay a little more.

  1. U.S. Bank – $19, same for international checks
  2. TD Bank – $15, same for international checks
  3. SunTrust Bank – $12.50, $40 for international checks

SunTrust Bank may only charge fifty cents more than most other banks, but they charge an outrageous returned deposit fee for international checks.

Let’s wait and see what 2014 has in store for banks. Will they change their policies on fees? Or will we see additional fees added to services that are currently free?

 

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