It’s almost Valentine’s Day — a perfect time for you to take a moment and reflect …and then go out and end that abusive relationship with the big banks. You can put your foot down once and for all and tell the big banks that you’re not going to go along with their lying, cheating, gambling ways. You have the dignity to bank with someone who’s not going to continually screw you over. We’re here to help.
If you’re still banking with one of the Big 4 Banks — Bank of America, Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo — you should take this moment, as we enter the season of love, to think seriously about severing that relationship and banking with a local bank or credit union instead. Their fees are fairer, their interest rates are lower, and, instead of gambling your money away, they lend to small businesses in your community and help to create jobs.
You can start by simply moving some of your money in the big bank into a new account at a smaller bank. And don’t forget to close that big-bank credit card account. We have a page of tips to make it super easy to do both. It really isn’t that hard, and it’s super rewarding.
And after you break up with your big bank, join us at 400 events across the country to pass out flyers and help others end their relationships with the big banks.
Ninety percent of all credit cards are from the four big banks, Bank of America, Chase, Citi and Wells Fargo. Americans are collectively drowning in $700 billion in credit card debt because of the absurd interest rates that are being charged. The big banks are using their market dominance to charge interest rates that are, on average, 20 percent higher than the rates of local bank and credit union cards. And the big banks’ overdraft fees for debit transactions are just as abusive.
The financial industry has gotten so big that their profits now make up more than 40% of all U.S. profits. People need to fight back so that there is more money available for industries that create jobs. Otherwise income equality and unemployment will continue to rise. At A New Way Forward, we’ve been fighting for almost a year now to have these big banks to be broken up by Congress. Instead Congress has let them grow even bigger than they were when they were determined to be too big to fail, and nothing is being done to rein in their worst abusive behaviors. If Congress won’t break them up, we, the people, will break up with them.
Start by breaking up with your big bank for Valentine’s Day. And then go out and get your loved ones something nice with the money you’re going to save from banking with a local bank.
P.S. Help your friend and family end their abusive banking relationships by sending our message to them over email, Facebook, or Twitter. They’ll be glad you did.