Do you love your megabank?
I'm talking about your local branch of CitiChaseWellsMorganofAmerica — or some similar financial conglomeration. As you might have learned from experience, they have thousands of bankers who specialize in finding innovative, new ways to gouge consumers worldwide.
From ripoff fees to refusing to refinance home loans, the friendly slogan of these giants is: "We don't care. We're to big to fail!"
Unfortunately, Washington is too cowed by Wall Street money to cut these arrogant and avaricious giants down to size, but — guess what? — you and I can do it.
We can make them smaller, one deposit at a time, by simply moving our money out of their clutches. After all, it is our money!
You can join the thousands of Americans who are walking away from the don't-give-a-damn financial fortresses and switching their accounts to community banks, credit unions, socially-responsible investment firms, and other banking entities eager to treat you like a valued customer.
A recent survey found that the biggest banking conglomerates — such as JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Bank of America — have sunk to their lowest consumer satisfaction level in years. Sixty-six percent of customers say they'd consider taking their money out of those grasping empires.
Appealing alternatives exist all across America. At credit unions, for example, late fees and overdraft fees average only half of what the big chain banks charge, and credit unions offer loans with interest rates that are 20-percent lower than those assessed by the giants.
Jim Hightower is the best-selling author of Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow, on sale now from Wiley Publishing. For more information, visit jimhightower.com.