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THE FED’S HIGH RATE & LOW MONEY POLICY PUTS BANKS, THRIFTS & CREDIT UNIONS AT RISK
Lake Forest, IL (November 13, 2018) 
The Federal Reserve is fixated on interest rate. The Fed thinks of nothing but price. Isn’t the fundamental of economics to build on price and volume?
Moebs $ervices’, an economic research firm, Rate and Money Study found: The Fed is keeping money supply low and increasing rates. This coupled with fiscal policy of tax cuts is what the Fed believes will stimulate the economy.
Michael Moebs, Economist & CEO of Moebs Services, believes the Fed Policy risks putting many depositories out of business. “The Fed’s rapid interest rate increases makes no sense,” states Moebs. “Banks, thrifts, credit unions and even money market mutual funds do not have rates anywhere even near the Fed’s Fed Funds Rate currently at 2.25%. The average basic savings rate for all depositories is 0.27%. Normally savings rates reflect 50% of the Fed Funds Rate. The average basic savings rate is 12.00% of the Fed Funds rate.”

  

Technology isn’t the whole story. Branches still matter.

JANET BODNAR, EDITOR - July 2017

Americans have a love-hate relationship with their bank. 
Intimacy is built in because of the very nature of personal financial transactions, yet customers are often dissatisfied with the fees they pay and the service they receive.

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“The Economy, Stupid.” Phrase used by Presidents Clinton & Trump Campaigns
Lake Forest, IL (March 14, 2017) In 2000, the median overdraft was $18. A price less than $20 was not controversial then and it is not today. According to the Minneapolis Fed’s Inflation Calculator, the current price of an Overdraft today should be $25. According to a new Overdraft Study in January, 2017 by Moebs $ervices, an economic research firm, the median price of an overdraft (OD) is $30. “Matching the current price of $30 with the inflation adjusted price of $25 is a 20% more for a service that has not changed enough in value or cost to warrant this price,” says Michael Moebs, CEO & Economist of Moebs Services.
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Many Financial Institutions in Some Cities & States are Reducing OD Prices 

Lake Forest, IL (March 7, 2017) In the past 6 months, 11.0% of all Depositories changed their Overdraft Price. “The National Overdraft Price has remained at $30 for the past 5 years, signaling a new trend may be emerging,” states Michael Moebs, Economist & CEO of Moebs $ervices who did a survey of over 3,800 financial institutions in January, 2017. Although the National Price has remained constant, there are significant price changes taking place at many depositories. Of those who adjusted their price 34.9% decreased it, which is the largest amount decreasing their price in the past 5 years.” 

 

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American Consumer Continues to Stockpile Money in Checking 

(Lake Forest, IL June 24, 2016) Over 320 of the 385 Great Britain government bodies voted to leave the European Union (EU).  Michael Moebs, Economist and CEO of Moebs $ervices, said, “This is a general uprising in Great Britain by the common citizen.  The average Brit did not want their electronic tea pot regulated by some EU bureaucrat in Brussels or Berlin. Isn’t this what the followers of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are saying when they don’t want Washington to regulate what electric light bulbs they can use?”

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LAKE FOREST, Ill—In battle for checking accounts, banks and credit unions are taking two very different strategies, according to one economist who believes that in the end consumers are coming out on top. Read More   

Credit Unions Hit All Time High in OD Revenue with Price Similar to Banks
Consumer Financial Protection Agency Poised to Give Banks Boost in OD Revenue

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Article written By E. Scott Reckard  Dec 21, 2013
Wells Fargo branch manager Rita Murillo came to dread the phone calls.

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Even though credit union and bank balance sheets have improved since the financial crisis, loan growth has mostly stalled or has fallen at small....Read more   

U.S. consumers are overdrawing their checking accounts less frequently than at any time in the last 14 years, according to new survey data. American Banker: Sept. 2013...Read more   

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