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2018 October 2

Dumped Wells Fargo

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As I mentioned five months ago in Thinking of dumping Wells Fargo, Wells Fargo has done so much wrong lately that I’m feeling I can’t really let them have access to my money any more.  I finally closed my Wells Fargo account today, after 32 years of doing business with them.  I have no beef with the local branch, but the corporate management seems to have turned evil in the past decade—if enough people and businesses stop working with them, maybe they’ll toss out the crooks at the top and return to being a responsible business.  I’m not holding my breath waiting for it.

To close the account, I first needed to set up a new checking account elsewhere, connect it to my various other financial accounts (paycheck direct deposit, Paypal, investment accounts, household checking account, … ) and make sure everything was working.  Because I already have my household account in the better of the two local credit unions (Bay Federal), I looked at local banks and on-line banks and credit unions.  The two local banks (Lighthouse and Santa Cruz County Bank) looked OK, but not great, so I decided to try the online Alliant Credit Union, which at least gives a little interest on checking and savings accounts.

Setting up the account was fairly easy, and it only took me a week to find all the accounts that  were linked with my Wells Fargo account and switch them over to using the Alliant Credit Union Account.  The final confirmation came yesterday, when my October 1 paycheck was correctly deposited in the new account.

So this morning I went to the Wells Fargo office to close my account.  They were not very surprised at my reasons for closing the account (I suspect that a lot of Santa Cruzans have been dissociating themselves from Wells Fargo).  It took a little while to get a cashier’s check for the balance of my account, but the process was fairly smooth.

I did run into a little problem with the check, though.  It turned out to be too large an amount to deposit into my Alliant Credit Union account via ATM machine!  I tried depositing into the Bay Federal Credit Union account via ATM, but the check was rejected from that also.  I ended up having to go to the BFCU office and hand the check over to a teller (who had to get a supervisor signature in order to accept the check).

It will be 2 days before the money is accessible in the BFCU account, and I’ll transfer it from there to my investment accounts.


2018 April 23

Thinking of dumping Wells Fargo

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For decades, my personal checking account has been with Wells Fargo, largely because they had conveniently located ATMs and branches, and because Bank of America treated me poorly enough that I dumped them, even though they had the closest branch to my house (that branch is now closed and for lease at prices inflated even by Santa Cruz standards).

But Wells Fargo has done so much wrong lately that I’m feeling I can’t really do business with them any more. So I’m looking for recommendations of places to move my personal checking account to.

I already have my household account with Bay Federal Credit Union, and the last time I checked they didn’t allow a member to have two checking accounts.  In any case, I’d prefer to keep my personal and household accounts in separate institutions with different ATM networks, just in case of difficulties with one institution.

So do any of my local readers have recommendations for me of places to move my checking account to?

I mainly use my checking account for direct deposit of my paycheck, ATM machines, debit card, and monthly transfers to a mutual fund account (with a different institution).  I write an average of about 2 checks a month, with an occasional flurry of more when I decide to give to several charities at once.

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