M&T Bank's online banking service has been restored, after being out of commission temporarily on Monday. M&T restored the service early Monday afternoon. Customers in the interim were asked to call M&T's toll-free numbers for inquiries or completing transactions involving their personal and business banking accounts. … [Read more...] about M&T Bank’s online banking back in service
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Large nationwide banks offer customers extensive networks of branches, a range of advisory and wealth-management services, and digital tools for account management. Kiplinger’s ranks the best banks annually, and in the latest survey the top national bank for the third year running is TD Bank, with more than 1,200 branches in 15 eastern and southern states (and Washington, D.C.), extending from Maine to Florida. The runner up is PNC. TD Bank stands out because it offers low-minimum accounts that should make almost any customer happy. For example, its Beyond Checking waives the $25 monthly fee if you hold a reasonable $2,500 daily balance (or meet certain other requirements), and perks include free standard checks, money orders, cashier’s checks and overdraft transfers. Plus, all ATM surcharges are reimbursed for both domestic and international transactions if you keep $2,500 in the account, one domestic or international outgoing wire transfer is free per statement cycle, and … [Read more...] about Spending: Best national banks
By Bloomberg Thu., April 4, 2019 The Federal Reserve and fellow leading central banks are hitting the pause button when it comes to tightening monetary policy. Faced with slowing global growth and inflation, policy-makers are taking to the sidelines or even becoming dovish again. The Fed is signalling it won’t hike interest rates for a while if at all and the European Central Bank is lining up fresh stimulus in the form of fresh bank loans. While the world economy may ultimately pick up by enough to prompt authorities to resume restrictive policies, chances are that for the major central banks at least the peak for rates is near and may have already been reached. Rates markets are already pricing in an even more dovish shift in monetary policy. What Bloomberg’s Economists Say: “A sharper than expected slowdown in global growth in the first quarter and risks tilted to the downside meant it made sense for central banks to go into wait-and-see mode. … [Read more...] about Central bankers around the world are hitting the pause button
By Bloomberg Tues., Jan. 15, 2019 Central banks enter the new year under pressure from investors to rethink just how aggressive they can be hiking interest rates. A slowdown in the world economy, the trade war and skittish financial markets are forcing policy-makers including Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to express fresh caution about their scope for tightening monetary policy. The People’s Bank of China is also pledging support for its economy. That outlook marks a change from last year where a majority of central banks raised rates and the European Central Bank ceased buying assets. Of course, if economies weather the latest challenges, policy-makers may need to rethink anew. What Our Economists Say: “Heightened uncertainty about the trajectory for policy normalization and reduced divergence between the Fed and the rest are set to characterize the 2019 central bank outlook.” — Tom Orlik Here is Bloomberg Economics’ quarterly … [Read more...] about When it comes to rates, what are central banks going to do next?
“The agency is confident in its authority to grant national bank charters including special purpose national bank charters to companies that are engaged in the business of banking, meet the qualifications for becoming a national bank, and apply to conduct business as part of the federal banking system,” Bryan Hubbard, a spokesman for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, said in an email. “The agency will vigorously defend that authority, but will not comment on pending or potential litigation.” … [Read more...] about New York sues U.S., saying it’s ‘reckless folly’ to let online lenders have national bank charters