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Are Banking, ATM, Checking Fees Too High?

The average cost of an out-of-network ATM transaction is $4.07. Should something be done?

Fees on checking accounts hit an all-time high in 2012, reports the financial website Bankrate.com with much of the increase coming in charges for use of out-of-network ATMs. According to the site, the average fee assessed by the owner of a foreign ATM climbed 4 percent this year to $2.50.

Combined with the typical charge by a consumer's own bank for an out-of-network withdrawal — $1.57, up 11 percent — the average cost per transaction now stands at a whopping $4.07.

And for the first time ever, all financial institutions surveyed by Bankrate.com reported charging non-customers for ATM transactions.

Other checking account expenses — such as maintenance fees and non-sufficient funds fees — also have risen, due in part to banks' response to new regulations capping overdraft fees.

Do you think it's time regulators stepped in again and capped these fees, or is over-regulation partly responsible for driving up other fees in the first place? Tell us in the comments section below. 

DavidE September 29, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Banks will find a way to get around any new law or regulation. That is why we told Wells Fargo to hit the road. We use USAA and Etrade now, both will refund ATM fees up to a certain amount or number of transactions.

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