Customers are frustrated by new controversial fees from banks. However, they are finding out that it is not so easy to disentangle your life from your bank.
1. What does the article list as the main reason(s) that customers will stay with a bank, even though they are unhappy about new fees?
2. Which accounts at Bank of America will not carry the new fees? Why do you think those have been chosen?
3. How do you think the banks will record these fees in their general ledger? Give the assumed journal entry.
4. The article said,” Studies commissioned by Fiserv using data from SunTrust and Wachovia in 2007 and 2008 emphasize how online banking and e-bills reduce customer turnover while substantially raising profits per customer.” Does this statement help support or refute the need for increased fees? Discuss your reaction to the video.
Schwartz, N.D. (2011). Online Banking Keeps Customer on Hook for Fees, The New York Times, Oct. 15 (Retrievable online at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/business/online-banking-keeps-customers-on-hook-for-fees.html?_r=3&hp)